“CrossFit” … to many, this word invokes thoughts of a super-intense gym, with cult-like members and a workout regimen bound to severely injure all that participate. This couldn’t be further from the truth, especially at GV CrossFit.
I found myself at GVCF after several years of running as my preferred method of staying in shape. I was bored with running long distances in solitude and needed a new challenge. I had heard about CrossFit from friends, so I thought I’d check out my local box. I felt fairly confident that completing three marathons and several half-marathons would help me keep up with any type of physical activity that the coaches at GVCF threw at me. Man, I was wrong.
I struggled immediately with EVERYTHING except running. And usually when I got to the running portions of the WODs (CrossFit-ese for Workout of the Day), I was already tired from the other non-running parts. I had never done any weight training or done any gymnastics movements, so I was basically starting from square one with two of the three foundations of CrossFit. I signed up for a six-month contract and told myself that I’d commit to coming 5 days a week to justify the monthly expense. That was almost 4 years ago. I have added immense upper body strength which allows me to perform many of the required weightlifting and gymnastics movements. For the first time in my life, I was able to do a pull-up. After a short time, I was able to connect two pull-ups, then three pull-ups, and on and on.
The concept that the coaches at GV CrossFit adhere to is that each movement in infinitely scaleable. If you can’t do the weight as prescribed, they guide you through scaling it down to a manageable weight within your current ability. If you have an injury or haven’t mastered a movement, they advise other movements that require similar intensity. On the flip side of the coin, the GVCF coaches are always ready to scale up the movements, weights and intensity once you reach upper fitness levels. There is no such thing as plateauing in our box and everybody is always striving to reach their next goal, whether that is finally adding weight to the barbell after you’ve been there a few weeks or finally mastering those troublesome double-unders that have alluded you for years.
I went into GVCF without knowing any other members, but over the years, I’ve forged many friendships with the coaches and other members. The coaches are always planning engaging social events with the members and their families, from Halloween costume parties to in-house competitions with potluck dinners afterwards. I’ve also formed strong bonds with my fellow 5am GVCF-ers and our tireless coach, Jay, who is always in the trenches with us early in the morning. We always encourage each other and don’t let each other relax on our last accomplishment.
GVCF is truly a unique place where after a particularly hard workout, you’ll find yourself exclaiming “Man, that was an awful WOD! I can’t wait to get up tomorrow and come back!”