..not exactly! That's me 6 years ago, just a few months before I started CrossFitting. I was in college, loved late night fast food drive thru (I was on a first name basis with the local Jack in the Box's graveyard crew), and my exercise regimen consisted of marathon Guitar Hero sessions.
My fitness journey isn't over yet, not even close, but it's important for me to look back and see how far I've come. One of the most common comments I receive when I first talk to people about CrossFit and how it works is "you were obviously in great shape before you started" with the assumption that CrossFit just doesn't work if you're not already in good shape.
That's plain false. CrossFit works if you work, simple as that. I had very little fitness when I first started CrossFitting, and struggled with many of the same things each of you are working on as well: from pull ups and push ups to double unders and snatches, I was terrible. I couldn't kick up into a handstand and I couldn't swing a kettlebell, but I didn't let any of that stop me. From the beginning, I just trusted the process and treated every new movement as a skill to develop and eventually master. I didn't focus on my weight (I actually weigh about the same now as I did in that photo), but instead focused on how I felt, how I looked, and how I was doing in the gym.
Your journey is of course personal and it's yours, but we definitely have more in common than you think. I've been where you're been, I've failed where you've failed, and I've succeeded where you too will succeed. The process is slow, sometimes grueling, but it's always worth it. Commit to your fitness, trust your coaches, enjoy little milestones, and work hard. We're here to have fun and create a better life for ourselves, so let's do it!
3 rounds for time:
30 double unders
20 toes to bar
10 hang squat cleans (135/95)
Posted by Armen.