Hope you are well this sunny Thursday! The temps are really starting to get up here now… I would be happy if it stayed liked this all summer… but it’s only going to get hotter! Eek!
Before I begin can I just add that due to some net problems I have had to use wifi hotspots around the city – which means my comments on fellow bloggers posts have sometimes been going to spam! Please check your spam box out… there are probably a few from me lurking in there!
Anyhoo, now time to ‘Think Out Loud’ with Amanda over @RunningwithSpoons. I haven’t linked up in a few weeks now and thought it was the perfect way to discuss a post I have wanted to write this past week…
Why I decided to take 2 months out from CrossFit.
Any reader of my blog knows that I love CrossFit – as a sport and also a way to keep healthy. I love what it has given me in terms of mental and physical strength, community, self belief and well, lets face it, muscles!
Leaving our CrossFit box in Glasgow was definitely one of the hardest parts of moving – we had our little Zombie crew community filled with people I would class as true friends. Those who will have seen me in the good times and the bad. But what about the ‘working out’ side of it?
Yes packing, flying and moving- those were going to take time out of going to a box. But in all honesty, we could have signed up at a new box the first week we arrived here. But instead we chose to wait? Why?
First off, moving to the other side of the world is the most stressful thing I have ever done! And everything for us in terms of moving went smoothly! From packing, flying and all the goodbyes, it certainly takes it’s toll on the body and the mind. Exercise, particularly CrossFit was another stressor our bodies did not need. Our ‘workouts’ if you want to give them a label, for the first few weeks was simply walking. We moved to a new city, heck a new country! It was time to walk and explore!
After a few weeks we decided to move on to general movement patterns. We continued our walking but started to add in some mobility, stretching, jogging and gentle yoga. Maintaining ‘muscle mass’ or our ‘gainz’ was not a priority. Keeping our bodies fluid and flexible was. I wanted to keep my basic strength in order to be good at life. It always is and will be my aim.
Throughout these weeks David and I asked each other a lot of questions. Why do we do CrossFit? Do we still love it or is it just routine? We frequently are toyed between what is good for our bodies and what is too much. Are those met cons taking their toll? Do those workouts prevent us from being healthy human beings during our day to day life? Some day’s the answer was clear, other days, not so much. The aim of CrossFit is to be super human… not to mess up our joints and muscles so we can’t live a full and long life.
I knew something was missing when I started craving the gym. I wanted to pick up those dumbbells, I wanted to feel the ‘huff and puff’. So we started introducing weights along with some bodyweight exercises… then the weights became more prominent. I realised that ‘I missed CrossFit’.
David did too.
This week we have been to 2 different CrossFit boxes to try them out. The workouts and coaching style were very different but it felt good that we could be a little bit picky in our next CF home. We think we have found our one though. It just felt right. For both of us the coaching was key – finding a coach who put technique above everything, who didn’t care if you just used a barbell with no weights for a workout if thats what felt good, who would work with you to help you be a stronger version of yourself. Tick, tick, tick! And we can’t wait to go back.
During this break I have learned so much about myself and why I do CrossFit, what I want from CrossFit and its impact in my life. Now that I am ready, rested, have minimal stress and feel confident, I think it’s time to go back. We needed that break. We needed that re-evaluation of it’s impact on our lives. And now I feel stronger than ever before.
What is your sport/ workout of choice?
Have you ever taken a significant break?
Do you think you need to re-evaluate why you do what you do?