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Rebecca Tackles CrossFit


At some point on my 4th day of West London CrossFit’s OnRamp program this happened.

Coach Shoko: “Now you’re going to climb the rope”

Me: … long pause… “We can skip that, it’s totally fine”

Coach Shoko: blank stare

Me: “This is probably my least favourite thing we’ve done so far … *deep breath* … so I guess we’ll have to find a way to make it fun.”

Spoiler alert: a few minutes later I’m climbing a freaking rope! 

 If I learned anything over the last week it’s that CrossFit isn’t as scary as you think it is! And even more importantly it’s a sport that keeps reminding you not to doubt your abilities. 

 If it would help you to understand where I was coming from “fitness wise”, here’s a brief recap: I danced from the age of 4 to 19 with a focus in ballet during the later years. It’s tough to find dance classes in your early 20’s that aren’t competitive but still challenge you (at least 10 years ago that was the case) so I began to explore other forms of movement. I got a gym membership, took group classes like step and body pump and eventually found my way to a yoga class! By the time I was 23 it wasn’t uncommon for me to go for a 4km run in the morning then hit up a body pump class after work followed by a 60 minute hot yoga class to “cool down”. I was working out a lot! Then my life switched gears and while I was on my first long-term backpacking trip I didn’t find much time for rigorous workouts, but we did a lot of hiking and I had started to build my yoga practice. When we got home I signed up for a yoga teacher training and yoga became an important part of every day. For the last few years I’ve been doing yoga in many forms in many different places. With that being said, lifting heavy things or anything resembling cardio were a distant memory…. until CrossFit.

Day one, I was sitting at home, all in my head about how hard it’s going to be, how much I’m not going to like it and all that stuff. But I put my gym clothes on and found my way to West London CrossFit. I was very nervous, very uncomfortable and totally out of my element. Then Shoko took me through the warm up and we got started. I won’t go into details about what we did each day but generally I was taught a few new movements, we reviewed some stuff from a previous day and then conditioning (the real work). 

It’s amazing what you can learn about yourself when you step outside of your comfort zone. In the last week I learned that my pushups are very sad, that I need to work on my core strength a lot more, I was reminded that I’m a pretty quick study and have decent body awareness, but by far the best thing I learned is that I can climb a freaking rope! In case you haven’t noticed, I am super excited about that!

I could never tell myself CrossFit wasn’t for me if I didn’t give it a shot and that is the entire reason I stepped foot in that gym on day one. I am comfortable being a yogi. I’m not about to recycle my yoga mat, but I will be exploring CrossFit regularly. It’s opened up a whole new world of challenges I’m ready to face and conquer. 

All of us have that one thing (or maybe a few things) that make us really uncomfortable. Instead of locking that thing away in the back of your mind or sweeping it under the rug, why not look it straight in the face and say “This is probably my least favourite thing … so I guess we’ll have to find a way to make it fun.”

For those that like new challenges and learning a patheon of things you thought you never could do, be sure to check out West London CrossFit’s OnRamp program and tell them Rebecca sent you!

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