I learned to listen not only to the coaches, but also to my body. I’ve learned better what it needs, how I need to treat it for optimal health. I’ve also become distinctly aware of the connection between truly good food and truly good health, never having known until SRSC what a vibrant connection I could make with the physical aspect of my existence.
The physical results, reduced body fat, greater and more toned muscle mass, are obvious and undeniable. Waking up sore, yet energetic and eager for the next challenge every day proves the mental benefits. But it’s been the connection I’ve made with my coaches and fellow athletes that’s been most remarkable, as rewarding as any personal physical improvements.
Having played competitive soccer most of my life, I’m very familiar with the nature of teamwork and camaraderie. SRSC redefines both by creating an environment in which your only opponent is your own breakable limits, and everyone in the gym is your teammate and supporter simultaneously, pushing you every day to be the strongest you can be.
Performance in these classes, whether it’s the workout of the day, strength, or Olympic lifting, depends directly upon my relationship with my fellow Crossfitters, my body, and no less importantly, nutrition. I’ve found a sweet spot in a nearly fully Paleo diet that complements a Crossfitter’s lifestyle as both fuel and pleasure, encouraging harmony between creativity and discipline in the kitchen as well as the CrossFit box. When such modifications to my lifestyle manifest in the results I’ve had, it’s easy to see the connection between the crossfit lifestyle and a more vibrant life overall.
The process of fine-tuning my diet and attitude has allowed me to increase my attendance from two classes per week to five or six. My body craves the challenge and strain and growth even when it’s most fatigued. The fact that I go to sleep every night wishing that my next workout would come sooner is a testament to the power of Crossfit to drastically alter a human’s approach to exercise and general wellbeing.
I’d call this a success story, but one that’s unfinished. That’s the nature of Crossfit: it’s about the journey. One that won’t end as long as I continue growing at SRSC, and I’ve no plans to stop doing so.