When I began at CCW about two years ago, I have to admit I was pretty unfit. Since then I have worked hard to improve, although my approach has been to build up my fitness slowly and steadily. Overall I think my reasons for doing CrossFit and my approach are a little outside the norm. So I was a bit surprised to be asked to write this blog about my journey especially since my reason for joining was mainly because I wanted to do something that’s very different from my work.
A few months ago I was lucky enough to be involved with Shield – a free five week CrossFit programme run by CCW in association with The New Zealand Society on Alcohol & Drug Dependence (NSAD) for people in the community recovering from addictions. Now Brian and the team are at it again, this time raising money through The Winter Throwdown for Mana House, a recovery accommodation service I started with the NSAD last year.
I can still remember my one-on-one fundamentals course at CCW. Every new movement seemed to require superhuman flexibility and strength that I did not possess. But although very humbling, this first exposure to CrossFit also made me feel the rush of taking on a new challenge, to start fresh and learn something new.
To be honest I was pretty apprehensive, there were nerves all week, an upset stomach, and some mad wide-awake periods in the night… this was all in leading up to my first CrossFit Open experience.
I was coming up to my first year anniversary at CCW, and I was vaguely aware of the hype that the CrossFit Open pertained. I didn’t initially sign up but I had a continuous stream of experienced CrossFitters and coaches encouraging me to participate, stressing that I would have the best time, that I will achieve new goals (that may have seemed unattainable), and that I would push past my comfort zone. So finally a week out from the Open I did it. Scaled workouts were an option, so I really had no excuse.
Kia ora whānau,
It’s been over 10 months now with the CrossFit Central Wellington community, and what journey it’s been so far. My first initiation into CCW was memorable. I was confident, fit, strong, and I was wrong.
My first class was crazy, I was gasping for air and could not think. My calves and shoulders were screaming. My core was weak and I went into a lonely mental state. So I realised that I wasn’t that fit or strong!
I’m what you call the ‘average CrossFitter’ – I do it to stay fit (ok maybe I do want to get a bit fitter ☺) but I don’t train every day to compete in the sport (LOVE watching it though).
My journey at CCW started a little over 3 years ago when I finally dropped in for a trial class after to-ing and fro-ing about it for a good 2 months thinking if it was right for me. Well, I was hooked pretty much instantly! I had no clue about most of the movements (what’s a Thruster?) but I enjoyed learning about how I can move my body around (with or without a barbell or other equipment).
I wasn’t sure CrossFit was for me but Mum (yes, my Mum) convinced me to give CCW a go in 2013. Since then I’ve achieved things I didn’t think were possible, and made a ton of awesome friends through CCW. My numbers still don’t stack up with my Mum’s, but I enjoy chasing her round the gym with amazing coaches who always keep me smart and safe!
Nearly 6 months ago I undertook one of my biggest physical changes I’ve done, a 55km tramp over 3 days covering a few hundred meter elevation change, mud, rocks and all the good things that come with tramping. Walking out of the forest on that last day in the summer heat I felt nothing but empowerment and pride in myself at knocking that bastard off.
It dawned on me however just how much of a physical toll such a trip had. My pack was only about 10kg but at the end of each day I simply had nothing left in the tank, legs would turn to jelly, arms would drop off. This is me at 25. I should be in the fittest shape of my life, not barely being strong enough to carry a backpack.
My Crossfit story starts at the end of 2012 when I happened across an old acquaintance, Sovita Corkin who I hadn’t seen in a very long time walking down the street. I’d popped out a couple of humans and she was expecting her second, little did I know this special lady was going to change my life very soon.