This is the last week in the series of guest CrossFit blogs from some of my friends at CrossFit South Kingstown. I hope that, even if you’re not a CrossFitter, you’ve enjoyed some of the insights into what has become a pretty significant part of my daily world. Today’s post is from one of our younger members at the box, Meghan Zamperini. Meghan is young, and a little on the small side, but you shouldn’t let either of those things fool you. In a conversation with her yesterday I learned that she snatches 110# and back squats 205#, which means she could throw most of us across her shoulders and squat us if needed. She’s also got the fastest elbows in the East, which are always on display when cleans show up in a WOD. I hope you enjoy her insights!
CrossFit: All That Matters
When I first started writing this I was having a hard time trying to figure out what CrossFit had taught me because overall it has taught me so much about myself. Beside the most obvious one – that I swear like a sailor (I wonder where I got that from?) – I was having a hard time figuring it out.
After thinking about it I realized the major thing CrossFit had taught me was that I am a lot stronger than I ever thought. With discovering this strength I became more confident in every aspect of my life. Starting from the beginning I was never into exercising. Running on a treadmill, going on a Stairmaster, and using an elliptical were not my cup of tea. So, I am just going to say I didn’t exercise very often. This may be shocking because I get annoyed now when I miss one day at CrossFit.
Trying my first CrossFit class that hate towards exercising went away and I knew it was for me. After my first WOD I told my mom that it could not get any worse than this, and she just smiled and shook her head. I didn’t understand why she just smiled at me when I said that to me that day, but now I know. I figured out after almost 2 years of CrossFitting that the workouts are going to suck no matter how long you been CrossFitting for.
Even though the WODS may not become any easier I started to see the progress in myself. My two biggest recent achievements are finally getting my muscle up and cutting my mile time from 10 minutes to 9:26. Each time I have a PR or just do well in a workout I feel this sense of accomplishment and that makes me feel good about myself. When I found something I was actually good at, it made me feel really good about myself.
So all in all Crossfit has shown me was what confidence feels like and how strong I actually am. Hey I might not be able to catch, throw, or kick a ball around on any field but I can lift more then I weigh over my head any day. That’s all I need for me to feel good about myself, and that’s all that matters to me.