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Lost Your Sport, Find CrossFit

August 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Note: This post was inspired by an article in the LA Times sports section from Sunday.  The article was about a competitive gymnast who finished her college career at the top of her sport, then, all of a sudden had body image issues that lead to eating disorders.  Although this doesn’t have anything to do with crossfit, it is about knowing what to do when collegiate sports are over!

For those of you women or moms out there who were athletes in school and now, wondering years later…what should you do? Go find the nearest crossfit box in your town, and join up.  You’ll find your competitive spirit come back within three months.  I did, and if you read about lots of athletes in the Crossfit games this year, that you’ll find that they are doing the same.

In college, I ran track and cross country and not that I was addicted, but, I was committed to exercising, because at the time, I also loved food!  For two years, I ran.  Then, I transferred to a 4 year school and found bike racing through a friend.  I got addicted to that real quick because I was good at it without a lot of effort.  I also loved the competition, the camaraderie and the motivation to get better.  This lasted as long as I was in college working towards a goal– to get to Collegiate Nationals.  But once I graduated, I still enjoyed riding, but I lost my way for a while as I didn’t have any set goals.  {gained a few happy married couple pounds}. Few years later, I got married, and set a new goal– The Marathon.  Did my first one at age 28, and finished it in 4 hours or so.  And, I did it with almost no training.  Or, as I recall, it was run for an hour on Sunday, then, run for 1.5 hours on the following Sunday, and so forth until I got to three hours.  Lesson learned, you don’t need to run a marathon before actually running a marathon.  Years later, I got the running bug again, and trained for and ran the St. George Marathon– got injured, but, still got a 10 minute PR on serious training.  That was in 2008 and I haven’t run more than a 5km since then.  Guess that was enough of that, heh?!

Now, in 2010-2011, I’m addicted to Crossfit and loving it.  Why now?! Why must I have a sport now in my 40’s?  Because in order for me to stay fit and continue working on my goals, I have to find new goals to set.  I have to have accountability partner to make sure I do it right, and I have friends whom will say something if I don’t show up for a workout.  And, I have a coach who will text me asking where I’m at?!?!

What the heck is crossfit and why should you do it?

1. It’s a combination of gymnastic movements, weight training, and endurance through the use of a WIDE variety of modalities.  The 2011 CrossFit Games has athletes swimming in open water, throwing softballs for distance, handstand walking along with lots of heavy Olympic Lifting.

2. The cool part of it is you can always set new SMALL goals or new BIG goals to help you stay motivated.  You can compare your scores to other women in your area or just to yourself and see improvements..

3.  You can do it in your living room or you can do it in your backyard or at your local globo gym.  All it takes is time, effort and discipline.  But, I could say that about any sport, exercise or hobby you may find love for.

4.  The best part is that I am a seriously fit mommy and I could jump into any local running or triathlon race with little to no “training” and do just fine and that’s the beauty of it, we get good at LOTS of things we weren’t good at in college or high school.

Were you a collegiate athlete and do you still workout or compete now?

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  • 1 Phat Mamas Fitness // Aug 9, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I think it’s so important to set a good, healthy example for our children. Believing that healthier moms means healthier families, Phat Mamas Fitness is striving to provide access to exercise programs and facilities, along with childcare, to low income moms on a local level. http://igg.me/p/37889?a=219864&i=shlk

  • 2 Mary // Aug 12, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for the suggestion! I love workouts that allow me to stay indoors and to do them indoors too. I have a 2 month old to look after so living room exercises are something I’m looking into right now.
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