I don’t know how much I’m willing to commit to this blog as of yet, but I sure as hell love the idea. I said to myself “let me start a fitness blog and just start talking about my experience so far”. Better yet, however, I said “let me start a CrossFit blog”. First, I’ll start with my story leading on to my recent rediscovery of myself through the sport of fitness – CrossFit.
Let’s get to the story.
Bad genes, horrible metabolism, and a few inches shorter than I would have liked to be. Growing up I was not introduced to healthy options and never been told to stay away from junk. I definitely indulged and overindulged in food that tasted good to me as a kid. It took me some time to finally realize that I needed to start turning my life around. I tried all sorts of diets (form fruit & vegs only to good old day-long starvation), nothing worked for more than short-term. I played all sorts of sports while growing up and although I never exceeded the performance of an average player at these sports, I managed to join the JV (Junior Varsity) and Varsity squads at my school.
The real change didn’t set in until I moved away to college. On my second semester at university, I was introduced to the “Gym” and the weightlifting room. I guess that’s around the usual time guys start working out. I have to say I loved it. I definitely started off very slow. 30 Minutes on the treadmill followed by 30 minutes cycling, and only then I can move on to basic weightlifting and such. I did that for my first couple of months. It took me a couple of weeks to see progress. I was beyond impressed and proud. I was hungry for a lot more, so I stayed driven and focused at my goal. Little by little, working out became an essential part of my everyday routine. It kept me sane, organized, and psychologically satisfied.
The internet and trial-and-error were my only way to learn, train, and progress. Whatever I did not know, I referred to the internet for extra knowledge and perspective. After a lot of researching and reading, I understood that without proper nutrition, I will not be able to reach my short to long-term goals. I had to tweak my eating habits. I introduced new foods to my diet and decided to rid myself of anything that was on the flipside of nutritious. I CANNOT stress this enough – proper nutrition is essential to every athlete’s development regardless of their goals. It is up to you to make these right choices, no one else will make them for you. In my future posts, I will specifically discuss CrossFit’s dietary prescription in detail.
For the past three years, I have been constantly reviewing different workout schemes and programs, attempting to vary my training cycle as much as possible given where I am and whether or not I had access to a gym. I tried the infamous BeachBody P90X and Insanity workouts. Also, I took a break from bars/dumbbells to try multiple bodyweight workouts and circuit training. Although I was a workout junkie, I hate to be finally admitting it but doing all this on my own all the time eventually got very boring. That is probably the reason why I frequently changed my workout plan.
Finally, I found myself heading back home overseas to live with my parents for a little while (4 months) before leaving back to begin my post-graduate studies. While contemplating whether I wanted to go back to the old gym I used to train at, I decided to look at new gyms that had to a offer a little more than the usual machines and bars. I wanted somewhat of an interesting element like Muay Thai or Kickboxing. However, I found the next best thing. I was over the moon! I’ve been wanting to give CrossFit a try for ages now and I managed to find one that’s two minutes away from my place. I decided to join the next accelerated 2-day OnRamp course (beginners course for new CrossFiters). That was approximately two months ago. Now, I CrossFit six times a week and on the 7th day I run or do laps at my pool. Now please note that I’m not asking you to be exercising as regularly as I do. The only reason I’m able to train this often is because I’m able to stretch and recover* correctly to maximize consistency. I currently train at CrossFit Oryx in Doha, Qatar. Everyday is a new learning experience at the box**, I take every chance I get to learn from the knowledgeable coaches in order to improve and perfect my technique. I still have a lot to learn and a lot of CrossFit moves to master, and for once, I’m actually thrilled that I still have a long way to go at this sport.
*Mobility is key! I will take on the topic in my future posts.
First official blog post, DONE. I hope you enjoyed this read and I promise all the future posts will target one subject matter at a time and discuss them concisely.