Ugh, remember that feeling?
The workout is done, you're exhausted, the last thing you want to do is stretch. Your body aches in ways in which you've never known. It's hard to muster the "Thank you" as you walk out the door, you go to get in your car, but have trouble getting the key to the ignition to turn it over (and for those of you with the really nice cars - it's hard to push the button to start it). It feels like a second workout to turn the key and hold onto the wheel. Your legs hurt as you try and press down the gas. Thankfully some of you don't have a clutch to worry about. The gas and the brake are hard enough. Getting home was difficult, all you wanna do is lie down and go to bed. . .
The next day is hell, you've got serious issues as you try to roll out of bed, but every muscle fiber in your stomach is on fire. Brushing your teeth hurt because you had to hold up the 4 oz toothbrush, never mind go back and forth (recommended 3 minutes by the dentist). Grudgingly, your legs respond to you as you go to work, your co-workers ask you if you got beat up, and the only thing you can mutter from underneath your malcontent facial exterior is "uhhh CrossFit" and so the anxiety builds in the individual you just spoke with, and the reason you showed up is the same reason they show up at a later date. Hell of a circle.
Your legs don't feel like they can support you throughout the day and you are pretty damn sure you may have made the wrong decision. Cause, is fitness supposed to hurt this bad? Your thoughts echo throughout your head, out your ear, and right back at you as you face a mirror , "Am I really that out of shape?"
The answer is no and yes.
Well, it all depends on how you define fitness, and CrossFit has it's own definition. I won't talk about CrossFit's definition, but, if you've just started, the answer is "yes" from our perspective.
Now, more often than not, you aren't thrown into the deep end of the pool and told to swim, splashing at the water trying not to drown. We start you off in the shallow end, first working on kicking, then working on pulling. As you figure out how to kick and pull, the water starts to get deeper and deeper, knee height, waist height, chest height, and then the deep end is here, the kicker is - 9 out of 10 times, you don't notice. But you also don't remember. Presumably, now that you can swim, and we start to work on the finer points of technique.
There is no difference with CrossFit. We start with 9 foundational movements, and we show you a slew of different exercises in different realms ranging from gymnastics to powerlifting to kettlebells.
So, when you read this, think back to the beginning that you may have forgotten, think back to the first day you walked in and got all sorts of intimidated. Think back to the "I can't do that. . ." moment and realize that the "I can do that!" moment is here. Just be patient, good things come to those who wait.