After thinking, researching, and praying about it, I decided (with Will’s encouragement!) to go for my level 1 CrossFit trainer certificate a couple of weekends ago.
Maybe you aren’t really familiar with what CrossFit is. Well the definition they have given it is; “constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity”. And that is what it s, but you also have to just go experience it for yourself at your local ‘box’ to see what it is all about!
Why I am sharing this? Because I truly believe in the benefits of CF. Not to become the fittest man or woman in the world (which those men and woman are super impressive and can do work!), like Mr. Spencer Hendel here who came in 5th in 2015’s CrossFit games!!
Instead, to do your everyday life better and reap the benefits of proper function and strength.
Most people start exercise programs with the goals of improving physique & lowering body fat, which are not necessarily bad things! CrossFit however approaches fitness from a different perspective, focusing on improving functional everyday movements that our bodies are made to do. How many times do you pick things up off the ground? As a mom I am constantly picking either Liam up or his toys, etc. Not using good form on these everyday things breaks down your body over time. People that have careers who lift heavy things daily are often ones who end up having major back problems. No one wants that. As you focus on improving & strengthening these functional movements your resting heart rate, physique and body mass index will all improve!
It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, you can still learn and get stronger! In the CrossFit community everyone encourages one another at whatever level they are at to improve. We had all ages in our level 1 seminar. How encouraging to look at the older ones and think, ‘I want to be where they are Lord-willing at that age!’
CrossFit is such a well rounded fitness regiment. You won’t find someone who has been doing CF huffing and puffing up a set of stairs like someone who maybe only focuses on weightlifting. You are challenged constantly in both cardiovascular endurance and muscular endurance. It is fun because you can always be learning/improving on new skills, therefore you definitely don’t get bored of doing the same things! 🙂
I am praying for opportunities to use my CF-LV1 trainer in not only my own home gym, but in other ways as well! As I was working out the other day a song came on that said ‘Its Your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praises to You Lord’. It reminded me that all that we are able to do comes from Above & that God gives each breath & life & all things. As He has given me this opportunity I want to use it to glorify Him as He opens doors.