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How CrossFit Has Ruined My Life

Even the ‘sometimes better half’ has noticed changes.

Hey CrossFit, can you get this open for me?” (whenever he starts a sentence with ‘Hey CrossFit’, I know it’s a ‘stump the band’ kind of test and I’ve yet to FAIL Oorah !) asking me to open the pickle jar or some other object around the house. Or when we go to Home Depot and he catches me staring at something heavy (oh, like a pallet of cement bags or landscaping blocks!) and says “bet you’re trying to figure out how many of those you can pick up at once, aren’t you?

The funny thing is, when he decides to pick on those changes, I’ll remind him that I can now pick him up and carry his unconscious body out of harms way if there ever was an accident – something I could never have done before CrossFit. I also remind him that any jokes he makes now are the ones that help me to decide if I want to drag his unconscious body out of the way of an oncoming train by the shoulder or by the heels!

Those types of things don’t really ruin your life, but they do change your perceptions of yourself and sometimes your friendships & relationships, too.

When I read this 2010 post from CrossFit Verve (complete article here), found much of it rang true and a few made me smile. Funny how physical changes also affect your attitudes, vision and goals isn’t it?

Because of CrossFit — what perceptions or beliefs have you changed?


My WHOLE life I searched for a fitness that I couldn’t explain.  I was always active, always “healthy”.  I was a vegetarian for 16 years, because it was “healthy”.  I ran, biked, climbed, surfed and lived a relatively balanced and happy lifestyle.  Then I found CrossFit and my life will never be the same….

Because of CrossFit, normal everyday people just don’t look the same.  When you are constantly surrounded by CrossFitters your perception of human anatomy is skewed.  Too skinny is weak and too strong is slow.

Because of CrossFit, I believe all people are capable of amazing physical feats, when they don’t produce, I take it personally and have no tolerance for laziness.

Because of CrossFit, I will never be alone.  There will always be friends I should spend time with, athletes I need train and new people I want to get to know.

Because of CrossFit, I may look amazing naked, however, damned if I can fit into normal girl clothes.  Put me in yoga pants and I’ll knock your socks off.  Send me on a mission to find a dress, pair of jeans or a feminine top and I’ll come home defeated.  My wardrobe will forever consist of 90% t’shirts.

Because of CrossFit, I will spend at least half of my waking days lurking on websites, watching, learning, getting pumped up and being inspired.  CrossFit.com will be the first site I look at every morning and the last before bed.  Why am I mesmerized by people working out.  Damn you CrossFit.

Because of CrossFit, my hands will never be soft and silky.  They will forever remain rough and coarse.  They have become hands of capacity and are not for looks or ginger caressing.

Because of CrossFit, I will never be able to separate my health and fitness again.  They will always be joined as one, interlocked in an intimate marriage of understanding.  I have no excuses.

Because of CrossFit, people think I work out all day, deprive myself of sinful pleasures and am generally unfun (because their definition of fun has become so incompatible with mine)!

Because of CrossFit, I will never be satisfied with my fitness.  There will always be something to achieve, something to try and something to “get better at”, nothing I can’t do!

Has CrossFit changed or ‘ruined’ your life, too?

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  1. Monica
    August 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

    What a well-written post! Thank you to the writer. You made me smile.

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