Often we hear, "What is CrossFit?"
So we asked our MN Top Team Eagan CrossFit members but we also asked our non-CrossFitters: some of our coaches and trainers who love to tease and love to hate CrossFit, because hating CrossFit is trendy and we're all competitive so we all think what others are doing is dumb or not nearly as good as what "we're" doing. But, it's all in good fun. I think.
Here you have it. In our "own" words:
- MTT CrossFit is my happy place. Shitty day at work? Going to CrossFit makes it better. I definitely tried to run away from my problems on a treadmill or out-lift bad days in big-box gyms. It just doesn't work -- unless you're at CrossFit.
- There are tons of workouts I enjoy doing on my own. CrossFit is not one of those. In fact, the few times I have done CrossFit workouts alone, I quit early or did really, really poorly. And I think that speaks volumes to the community that embodies CrossFit. I come to the gym twice a day, every day, and get my butt kicked by whatever the workout is, but I keep coming back because of the incredible community and friendships. CrossFit gives you a chance to work out harder than you could alone, and to do so with the support and company of a group of people who are all pursuing the same goal.
- What has CrossFit done for me? It made my shoulders outgrow my blazers and my butt outgrow my jeans.
- The CrossFit community is huge, but somehow, CrossFitters make each other feel welcome everywhere. When I'm traveling, coaches and athletes at other gyms are welcoming and accommodating. You don't get that treatment and family feel from LifeTime or other big-box gyms when you visit a gym other than your own. ~ Becky S. MTT CrossFitter (You can't ask a writer for 2-3 sentences; won't happen, but we're glad, thanks Becky. )
Crossfit is an intense mental and physical workout. It requires commitment and builds confidence. It's challenging and fun. Crossfit takes hard work and delivers reward. #19, CrossFitter
CrossFit is a Cult. ~ Dave H, MTTCF
I do crossfit because I like the competition it is much more motivating than working out on your own. Also I live for playing the ball game and seeing JoEllen. ~ Dave H, MTTCF
Groupon made me start, the people made me stay. CrossFit to me is: a butt-kicking, weakness revealing, strength building, different every day, limit pushing, no nonsense, 60 minutes of thinking about nothing else, race. While anyone can do CrossFit by scaling workouts, not everyone can do CrossFit. Crossfit isn't 25% effort, or even 85% effort. It is 100% effort every time by everyone. My 100% numbers are different than the next person's, but as long as 100% is given and left on the floor, that is all that matters. Karen M, Minnesota Top Team, CF