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As I got out of the car I could feel my knees shaking and the butterflies were starting to flutter in my stomach the closer I got to the door of The CrossFit Pit.  “I’m a runner, not a CrossFitter,” I kept thinking to myself.  Then I thought, “Maybe I can write this story without actually taking the class.  I knew, though, that I had to experience it for myself to be able to tell you why you shouldn’t be afraid of CrossFit, even though I was terrified!

Admittedly, when I entered it was intimidating.  The music was loud, experienced CrossFitters were already doing their warm-ups and knew exactly what all the acronyms and numbers meant, and don’t even get me started on that boxing ring! I really wanted to back it up and disappear. (I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I made my hubby go with me, so I wouldn’t leave!)

We were greeted by a very friendly instructor and the owner.  I started feeling a little bit more relaxed about it after they showed us the ropes and explained we didn’t have to try to work out at the same intensity as some of the other veterans.  They were very helpful and patient with me.  My husband, of course, caught on easily.  I, on the other hand, am a bit challenged in the coordination department.

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Based upon my own experience and others I interviewed here are 12 reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of CrossFit:

1. As I mentioned above, I’m lacking in the coordination department, doing CrossFit on a regular basis will improve your coordination.

2. It’s not your mama’s aerobics class. I guess I kept picturing something like the old aerobics classes where everyone was expected to try and perform at the exact same level and intensity. It’s not like that at all! You are expected to give it 100% (why wouldn’t you), but you work at your body’s level, no one else’s.

3. No two workouts are alike. It stays fresh; you’re working various muscles each time. As Juleah Brooks, a CrossFitter, puts it, “I have a personal trainer at my disposal every time I walk into the box.” (Oh, FYI, box is CrossFit lingo for gym.)

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4. The workouts are posted.  You don’t need to come up with your own.  Chalk that up as one less thing we mommies need to stress about!

5. The workout is fairly quick, but effective. You can literally get a complete workout in about 40 minutes.

6. CrossFit is not for the elite athletes, quite the contrary.  There are women there in their sixties, women that need to lose 50, 60, 100 pounds, just putting it out there showing all their vulnerabilities to better themselves.

7. Another thing that was very apparent to me was that, although, you are working at your own intensity level, it is very supportive.  Much of the workout is done with a partner, so you are able to encourage one another to push just a little harder and finish.

8. I’m not going to lie, I was sore the next day.  I was surprised at how sore I was since I am a runner and have ran several half-marathons.  This workout clearly works lots of muscles I don’t normally work, so I can easily see doing this on my cross training days.

9. This is a total mind, body, and spirit workout.  There are words of encouragement painted throughout the pit.  Words like, “integrity,” “confidence,” and “discipline.”

10. My intimidation slowly turned to a feeling of empowerment.  I suddenly felt like a strong individual that could get this done.  Remember, how I told you I made my hubby go with me?  Well, he had to leave for the last few minutes of class to take our daughter to dance.  Guess what?  I stayed, all by myself!

11. You are your own competition.  This is one of the things I absolutely love about running and this is another avenue for that.  It’s up to me to decide to push myself to the next level.

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12. Confidence, confidence, confidence!  If for no other reason than this, you should try it. I interviewed a very nice girl that told me her story about how she had gained 50 pounds in the last year.  She also mentioned that she had stopped wanting to go out, because she didn’t feel good about herself.  She went on to say that she has been doing CrossFit for three and a half months and it’s the best thing she’s ever done.  She said the confidence she has gained is worth just as much to her as the weight loss.

I hope you will at least try it once.  You will be all the better for it!