Here it is, the old cliché, “CrossFit changed my life,” but for me it actually has.
Before CrossFit I played rugby union. As Rookie would know all too well I lived for the game and for training ?….. not so much. Any fitness session that was scheduled would normally result in me getting a rub down or “stretching” which for those who know me is highly unlikely. But the truth is I hated training, I hated fitness training. I was lazy.
My CrossFit journey coincided with the birth of my first child, my second knee reconstruction and the end of my rugby career.
It was early 2009 and I was recovering from surgery. I was overweight and unfit and was looking for a way to get back in shape, or at least try. As you do I signed up for a 12 week PT course at the local GYM. I HATED IT! It just wasn’t my thing. I didn’t enjoy it, I wasn’t invested in it, I was doomed to fail. I recall catching up with Rookie at a mutual friends function and, as he does, he was spruiking the benefits of CrossFit. I was intrigued enough, and unsatisfied with my current results, to give it a try. Rookie’s “what have you got to lose” mentality was impressed upon me and thrust me into the world of CrossFit. Day after day I found myself turning up at Rookie’s home gym pushing myself beyond the limits that I thought it could go.
Usually these workouts resulted with me curled up in the foetal position on his driveway, lawn and garage praying for the pain and sickness to go away. But it awakened something in me, something that makes me want to push myself, something that wants me to be better.. It was also the comradery and mateship that was so integral to Rookie’s Box that made this style of training so appealing. The high fiving, the banter the support, all add to the CrossFit experience. CrossFit has given me so much. It has changed my outlook on health and training. It enables me to continue to strive to be a better version of me. But most importantly it is the infectious nature of CrossFit. It is the impact it has on the family around you that makes it unique. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who wants to give it a try.
It will change your life too. “