Introduction to CrossFit

The student becomes the teacher becomes the student… if you are living life the right way I think this is constantly the case. If you are always learning, you are never passing along your knowlege. If you are always teaching, then you are ignoring the words of wisdom surrounding you each day.

Pulling up to the CrossFit facility in Monrovia, I felt out of my element. I had enjoyed being a part of Barry’s Bootcamp for the last 6 months. It was fun to get up in the morning and run on the tredmills with Jessica, Tiffani and Leslie, working out and listening to Fergie and Pink as Nadia led us in our weight lifting. It was a great way to start my mornings. The CrossFit building looked a little like an underground fight club. Even as I passed it in my car, I heard the clanking of bar bells and the grunts of the fit, muscular men inside. I remembered what Erich had told me about putting himself in the hospital after his first CrossFit work out. I took a deep breath and went inside.

As I walked in a few minutes early, I smiled as I saw a framed photo of Dean and Eric LeClair, the owner. He had been a volunteer at Mt. Disappointment this year. As soon as he saw me, he came right out and greeted me. A few more people arrived and our ‘cherry class’ as they called it was full with only 4.

The class was introductory but even in the brief exercises that we did, I could see how intense CrossFit truly was. A group of Jiu-Jitsu fighters worked out behind us as we went through some of the drills. I knew I was home.

I will definitely miss my time at Barry’s. Had I not had that foundation, it would be extremely difficult for me to enter into this world. But in life, it is important not to get too comfortable. Something that Dean said once that I love is that ‘people confuse comfort with happiness.’ I think true happiness comes when you stop being afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. I start with my new trainer, Eric, on Thursday.

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