It’s what I love about races – the excitement in the air. The nervous energy pulsating through the crowd. The feeling that today might just be day you out do yourself.
I finally realized THAT is I love about Crossfit. It’s not the individual moves or exercise — It’s the feeling of competition, motivation and ambition. You want to beat the clock, lift your heaviest and feel utterly spent at the end of a 12-min WOD (workout of the day).

Before each workout, I have a nervous rumble in my stomach. My palms are a little sweaty, my body’s amped up and I’m not really sure what to expect. It’s race day feeling. Just before crossing the starting line for a marathon when you hope to do your best but you know it’s going to be really hard. That’s what every day at Crossfit feels like.

No wonder so many people are addicted to this sport! Today, most of my body is sore in some shape or form. I did God knows how many squats yesterday and this morning’s endless rounds of push presses have got these shoulders screaming — but it’s more like screaming for joy from the pleasurable pain of hard work. And there’s much more to aim for.

I’m dying to be able to do a pull up. I am working on kipping pull-ups – the first step to the real thing. I know if my technique improves, I will have the strength to do it. I can tell I’m a little stronger because my push-ups are definitely more solid. However, I feel like I need to do some individual work with other moves to get it down. The 45 minutes of class time is just not enough! It goes to show you Crossfit requires more than just the basic effort.

The other beneficial insight I’ve gained from Crossfit is the importance of stretching. I have been a stretch slacker all my life. After my back started hurting last week, I got some help from a coach with important hamstring and IT band stretches. They have made a world of difference.

Apparently, I have extrordainarely tight hamstrings that need to be stretched out twice a day. Since I began doing this intense stretching, the back issue has disappeared. Wow (and thank goodness)! I will no longer resist my stretching obligations — including foam rolling. If I’m going to Crossfit and run all over the place, I have to make it a priority. Injuries happen — and they suck. When it comes to Crossfitting, you simply must pay attention to your body and treat it with care.

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