We all have that friend: The CrossFit-obsessed one who jumps on any opportunity to talk about CrossFit. The one who tells you that “it’s not a workout, it’s a lifestyle.” The friend who Instagrams photos and hashtags Tweets with things like #WOD and #levelup and hasn’t touched a cupcake in months. Today I am that friend. Well, kind of. I still eat cupcakes. But let it be known that I love CrossFit.
We should have known this was going to happen. I like running and competitive sports. I like having a coach. I like being able to fit a workout into my schedule and still have time to do homework and watch re-runs of 30 Rock. And most of all, I like seeing results out of a workout program.
What is CrossFit?
It’s a lifestyle, ok? In a more simplistic sense, it’s a workout that incorporates high-intensity training with cardio, strength, agility and speed into one amazing program. The idea is to avoid repetition in your workout so you’re always developing, advancing further and getting better.This is where the crossover falls into every aspect of your life.
CrossFit is about accepting life’s challenges and meeting them head-on. It’s about fueling your body with food and avoiding temptations (one cupcake every once in a while never hurt anyone) and respecting yourself. It’s about taking care of yourself and performing at your best.
Finding the right gym
The right gym makes all the difference in a workout. Whether it’s a yoga studio, a boxing gym or the YMCA, you need to find what is best for you. When you walk in, you should feel inspired. You should feel welcome. And you should feel at home and hopefully want to come back.
When I walked into Core CrossFit on 7th Street, I knew there was something different about it. People came up to introduce themselves and shake your hand. If you’ve ever been to a gym, you know this is a rare thing and it honestly threw me off guard. They were smiling. Good music was playing. People genuinely looked like they were having a good time. And I felt welcome. I was intimidated by the obvious intensity of the workout, but I felt comfortable.
Through my first class, the coaching staff was more than helpful and understanding of my newbie status. They took the time to help me learn the form and grasp the concept of the workout and why we were doing the workout.
Don’t let me forget the best part of it all: Student Discounts. They’ve created an ASU Student Discount that is half the price of a regular membership and designed to work around ASU class schedules.
I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more. Until they decided to offer a free event on First Friday (April 5 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) for ASU Downtown Students to try out CrossFit and learn how to make post-workout smoothies. I’m in heaven. RSVP to the event on Facebook.
Try out CrossFit, Devils. If you don’t like it you’re wrong! Just kidding. But I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.