Monday, July 16, 2012

Comfort Zone


I'd like to think that I'm a risk-taker, someone who has no problem trying new things. But to be perfectly honest, I like being comfortable. I like familiarity, and at times, change can be a bit scary for me. But this year I promised myself I would break out of my comfort zone in any way possible. I want to live a life where I make things happen, rather than sitting back wishing and waiting, having grand ideas but not following through with them. And so far I'm pretty proud of myself; I've tried a few new things (like hot yoga), met some amazing new friends, and put myself out there in new and different ways.

And so for the past year or so I've been interested in CrossFit as I've watched some of my closest friends do it and become hooked. I've always been athletic, and fitness has always been a huge part of my life, but CrossFit always seemed so intense and a bit intimidating. And so I talked about trying it out, I discussed what it was like numerous times, I even watched YouTube videos of the CF games, imagining how amazing it would feel to accomplish something like that. But still, I didn't go and try it myself.

Just the other day though, I was texting with Autumn about how much she loves it, and decided to stop thinking about it and just do it. So right then and there I called up our local CrossFit and scheduled my intro, which will be happening tomorrow morning at 9am. It's scary, walking into a new place, not knowing anyone, and not really knowing what to expect. But I'm going to do it. And I have a feeling that I'm going to love it!

Here's to breaking out of our comfort zones!

Have you ever tried CrossFit? What was your experience like? I'd love to hear about it.

38 comments:

  1. I've never tried Crossfit, mostly for the same reasons as you, but I've always been playing a sport, whether it be soccer, basketball, taekwondo, and even softball at one point. I've actually just started training for a triathlon, so any CrossFit aspirations I have will have to be put on hold.

    Good luck tomorrow! By the way, I love your shoes! I'm looking for recommendations for affordable running shoes (within the 50-60 dollar range). Any ideas?

    <3Hima

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  2. cross fit is HARDDDDDDDDDD. i am not religious with it at all mainly because it is so difficult, but i have close friends who swear by it. kicks your butt in a good way!!

    love your shoes!
    xox
    ellen
    thishive.blogspot.com

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  3. I have not tried it myself, but like you, have friends who are addicted to it and have the legs to prove it. Damn I wish I was motivated. Good luck!

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  4. Congrats and good luck! I have been thinking about CrossFit too so I'm really excited to see what you think of it!

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  5. Yay!! I started CrossFit in January and can't see myself doing anything else now! I am so hooked! Be prepared to be sore for the rest of your life! ahaha! You will love it! You will become so strong! I never thought I would be deadlifting more than my bodyweight! You see results fast, and it is fun! Happy CrossFitting! You will do great tomorrow!

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    1. I agree Lea. I started in February this year and can not in a million years imagine stepping foot inside a gym again. I love it because I keep aerobically fit, all white building muscle and STRENGTH! I can now deadlift twice my bodyweight, and move weights in ways I never thought I could! Enjoy your intro class - good luck!!

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  6. I've never tried CrossFit and honestly have no idea what it even is. *Googling now so I don't sound ignorant*:P but good luck tomorrow & I believe that you can do it! Let us know how it goes for ya! I like your bag,by the way.

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  7. oooooooooooh ive wanted to try it, all the girls at my work swear by it, and they have crazy awesome legs, so it obviously works! please let us know how it goes! (and what do you think of the nike frees? i'm lookin' for new running shoes!)

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  8. I started CrossFit in January and it's been life changing. My mind has shifted from obsessing about what my body LOOKS LIKE to what my body CAN DO. It's incredibly empowering and it's wonderful to feel like I'm part of a community.

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  9. I've never heard of it. But good luck!

    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  10. Great for you - what a fun new adventure! :) I hope you start a small series about it or at least touch base in with your readers often about what you think about it!

    I haven't done CrossFit -- yet! They have a few gyms here, but the biggest, I think, is CrossFit Asia. They also offer a free CrossFit gym at one of the bases but I've been told to start with CFA, then go to a free gym once you have the basic mechanics down.

    Can't wait to hear how it goes! Love all your work out gear, by the way. :)

    Raechel
    http://ourislandoutlook.blogspot.com

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  11. I've been doing Crossfit for almost a year now and absolutely love it. One of the best aspects of Crossfit is the balance of strength and metabolic conditioning. Also, the variety of movements keeps the workouts from ever getting boring. There is always another skill to master or more pounds you can put on the bar. Go challenge yourself, I think you'll have a lot of fun!

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  12. Been surrounded by so many Crazy Crossfit friends and peers, I've always wanted to try but because of my back I was advise to not certain parts of crossfit. Let us know how you like it.

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  13. I love it! Although I prefer work out alone, I do a lot of cross-fit workouts. They're quick, challenging, and I never get bored. I've noticed a world of difference in my strength and fitness since I started incorporate cross-fit into my routine.

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  14. i'm intrigued! i'd love to try this! i prefer biking or working the elliptical at the gym - but i def want to try more of these group aerobics. keep us posted!

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  15. I've never done Crossfit (I'll admit I'm intimidated by the difficulty), but I know of people who really like it. I'm so happy that you're going to jump into the water head first and give it a try! Hopefully you can report back on your experience to us?

    I always find it somewhat intimidating to go to a new class. I felt so out of my realm when I went to my first yoga class, but I've come to love it and the instructor. Best of luck!

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  16. Our neighbors own our local crossfit and they look like demigods. Also, she teaches a toddler class that can lift more weight and do more pushups and pull ups than me. TODDLERS.

    Good luck.

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  17. I never got addicted to cross fit but I still incorporate it into my workouts a couple of days a week. :)

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  18. I wish you good luck! A lot of my husbands work friends do CrossFit and I know a couple people myself who do it and they all love it. I'm terrified to try it out, to be honest, so good for you for going!

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  19. Very inspiring! Good for you! I hope you enjoy it :)

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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  20. I love myself some CrossFit. Burpees are pretty killer but your body is going to love you for it!

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  21. I can't wait to hear what you think about it. I've been wanting to try out hot yoga at least once a week, to get a mini break from Judah and really focus on relaxing my body. My sister (the super star athlete who is about to run her first triathlon next week) loves hot yoga. I'll have to see if she has ever heard of cross fit :-)

    so proud of you !

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  22. I just got back from the CrossFit Games... and to be quite honest, there is nothing more inspiring than watching the sheer Amazing Mental and Physical Strength of these athletes. My father in law CrossFit's, and his "box" owner was in the Games (Jeremy Kinnick... placed 31st.... 31st Fittest Man in the World!!! That's SO Awesome to me!!)
    The hubs and I are looking into joining a CF Box here really soon (going today to check one out). I can't wait to hear all about your intro tomorrow!!!!
    Good luck girl, Hugs!!

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  23. I can't wait to hear all about it! It is also one of those things I've wanted to try but been too scared! PS. you are so awesome, such a great example for Henry to see his mom hurdling over fears and running past comfort zones.

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  24. Awesome - so glad you're trying it! We got a CrossFit in my town maybe like 9 months ago and already I know several people who are addicted and totally into it! I always see them posting about it on Facebook, haha. I'm feeling how you were towards it - afraid to get out of my comfort zone. I love working out and going to the gym, and I'm pretty physically fit, but I'm a little intimidated by the intensity. I want to see if I can get a friend to go with me, but I know I should suck it up and just go myself - get out of my comfort zone!

    I'm really inspired that you're doing this Danielle, thanks for sharing about this and please, please keep us updated on how you like it? Have a great time and be proud of yourself girl!!

    xo, N

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  25. That is awesome. I started running in November of ladt year to break out of my comfort zone snd it's been amazing. Neing healthy really makes a difference. Love your blog! Your family is adorable :)

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  26. Crossfit scares the crap out of me, honestly! haha But I am always very supportive of people stepping out of their comfort zones.

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  27. I feel the same way as do you about running. I really want to start running but somehow I can't get myself to do it. I sincerely hope to love crossfit - have fun!

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  28. I've been pretty intrigued by CF lately. My husband is in the Army and we're currently stationed in a little, out of the way town so I'm hoping once we move to Georgia next May that more CF options will be available and maybe I'll try it out too! Can't wait to hear about your Intro experience! Good luck! :)

    Oh yeah, one of the blogs I read is by a girl who mainly does CF - she's the one inspiring me lately! Her blog is: http://petiteathleat.blogspot.com/

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  29. Crossfit is most definitely a great workout! I watched all of the games this past weekend:) My philosophy of fitness (for myself as well as for my clients) is all about classic weightlifting moves (squat, deadlift, etc) with body weight moves (pushups, pull ups) and lots and lots of kettlebells! I am a super huge stickler for correct form so make sure that your instructors are giving good cues!

    I cant stand seeing Crossfit fail videos on youtube where the instructor cares more about getting a heavy weight up with terrible (injury causing) form instead of being humble and smart and using a challenging weight that can be done with correct form!

    And don't forget to have fun;)

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  30. i love crossfit in theory. in actuality, i'm not a person who can stand to fail and be corrected in front of an entire group of people. and i like to workout alone so in the long run, crossfit doesn't work for me. also the box i was going to was really into corporal punishment, if you were a minute late, you were doing a ridiculous number of burpees. Not really encouraging to a newbee. but i love the rush i get from crossfit workouts and i love lifting really heavy shit. so i just do wods on my own and visit various crossfits every so often on my work travels.

    you have to be an advocate for yourself in crossfit. you'll be surrounded my intensely motivated people and if you really can't put 130lbs over your head at that moment even though everyone is pressuring you then you shouldn't do it. trust your gut.

    also, quick elbows and if you're like me and don't have quick elbows, get ready for some bruised collar bones.

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  31. my senior year of high school i was in an advanced conditioning class and twice a week we did cross fits, man they can get pretty crazy. i'd love to get back to using them for workouts...guess ill check out the site right now..

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  32. Best of luck with it! Very inspiring! Sounds tough but will be worth it- keep us updated with how it's going
    Lianne

    rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  33. you go girl! the guy who won the Crossfit Games for the past two years lives in my town, the fittest man on earth, and is RIPPED. anything he does must be amazing. please share before and after pictures and get us motivated!

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  34. I love Crossfit! I started xfitting about 3 years ago. I was super scared and intimidated when I first step foot in a Crossfit gym (aka:box). I'm so thankful that I stuck with it. Its definitely a great workout. It can be hard at times but honestly its more mentally hard. Everything that is done can be scaled or modified. So as you progress you can bump up weights or go for a longer time. I can say Crossfit changed my life. I am more aware of what I eat and I'm much stronger with less body fat now. When I started I struggled with many things for example: pull-ups and push ups. Today I can do both unassisted.
    Crossfit keeps me focused and fueled to get back in and push harder.
    I've gotten feed back from some people that say they didn't like it. The majority of people that don't like crossfit tend to be scared of weights or believe they will get "bulky".(mainly women) Its impossible for you to get "bulky" unless your taking some type of supplement.
    I found your blog about 3 weeks ago, I searched something for babies and it pulled up your blog. I'm currently 28 weeks pregnant and still Crossfiting, I do change my workouts because there's certain things I can no longer do.
    Go for it!!! I'm so thankful I tried it and stuck with it.
    One word of advise would be to look around and see what Crossfit gyms (boxes) are near you. Picking a crossfit gym is like picking a pair of heels. You need a good fit. Each Crossfit gym has their own vibe and community. The community makes the place. Good people = good time. Most of the time you can tell right off the bat, if not go in for a second WOD. It may be uncomfortable the first time going into the gym because everything is new with new people. Give it a chance. If you still feel an uncomfortable vibe look into a different place.
    I hope your first WOD (workout of the day) is great!

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  35. Wow Go YOU!!! I've never tried it but will look into it now :)

    Cathy Trails

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  36. I love Crossfit!! I've been doing it for a little over a year now. You won't regret trying it out!!!

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  37. I've been wanting to try it but honestly, I'm scared. Public grunts scare the hell out of me.

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