I’m proud to say that since I started my CrossFit journey a month ago I’ve received several emails from people saying I’ve inspired them and my wife and a good friend have both started CrossFit workouts, too. That’s so cool!
One of the things that really solidified my decision to bite the bullet and start working out was T. J. Murphy’s book, Inside the Box.
This is an easy read that I found extremely informative into what CrossFit is all about both in its principles as well as the “cult of CrossFit” from an insider’s viewpoint (don’t worry, it’s not a cult and there is no Kool-Aid offered).
It distills a lot of the principles of CrossFit into an entertaining read (not that some of the original articles from The CrossFit Journal aren’t really good, but they are pretty lengthy and technical and dry) and helped me think about what to expect.
One thing that is VERY true of CrossFit is the “cross” part of it… you get better at things you aren’t even doing. For example, my last story was on Annie and Death By Pushups, with Annie being TONS of situps. In the month I’ve done CrossFit I have not done a single situp, but EVERYTHING is based on an engaged core.
I did some 75 situps or so in the WOD that day and thought I’d be DEAD the next day. First, I was absolutely FLOORED I could do that many situps. Second, I thought I would be doubled over for days in pain. I was halfway into the day on Saturday when it stuck me that my abdomen felt fine. Sure, I was supposed to go for 50 + 40 + 30 + 20 + 10 situps and I only did 75 before the coach timed the WOD out, but that ain’t bad considering I haven’t done a single situp in years, right? I couldn’t have done one more if I’d wanted to on that Friday’s workout, but I survived and next time I’ll be able to do even more, and then the next time, even more, etc.
Pretty cool result considering we hadn’t done them even once, and that same crossover principle applies to a LOT of things. Get good at squats and your thrusters will be better, your box jumps will be better, etc etc etc.