I’ve never been overweight or obese by any means. Throughout my life I’ve stayed rather active, played youth sports, went to the gym, or played organized Soccer. But after I moved to the US, physical exercise was just not a part of my daily routine anymore. And while I never ate super unhealthy or were on a McDonald’s diet, I also never really held back or consciously chose a healthy option when it came to my eating habits. I just ate what I liked. Spending time with Michael Cain and Meredith Purdue certainly didn’t help either, letting me become more of a food snob and making great food a major part of my travel experience.
At the end of last year, my weight was somewhere around 235 lbs, manifesting itself in a well-padded little beer belly. I wasn’t particularly unhappy with myself, but I did start researching gym options in and around Ventura. Since I travel frequently I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a gym membership, which also served as an excuse to never really go out and sign a contract. It continued to just be something in the back of my mind, I never really acted on it.
In March I was at a WordCamp in San Diego where I ran into a friend who I hadn’t seen for four months. He had started doing CrossFit and talked about it online, so I knew he was working out and doing something for himself. But I was still blown away by how much his physical appearance had changed in that short amount of time! I was really impressed and started looking into it more, searching for local gyms and learning about CrossFit itself. A coworker of mine is also an avid CrossFitter, he even offered a class at our company’s retreat last year. Through him I had heard about it before but I always thought of it more as a hard core body building regiment than anything else, so it wasn’t really appealing to me. My research also showed that CrossFit memberships are generally way more expensive than at regular gyms, so even though I like the idea of it more and more, I continued to put it on the back burner, restrained by my fear of buyers remorse.
Not even two months later though, I ran out of excuses. My body and mind were yearning for exercise, and a friend of mine told me about Groupon offers that could cut the initial cost significantly. With my fear of overpaying taken out of the equation, I really had no more reason to put it off. I bought my first Groupon (ever) and called the CrossFit box about signing up for my first session.
My first class was on April 28th at CrossFit Code4 in Camarillo, CA. They didn’t have an onramp program at the time (a beginner course the teaches the fundamentals), so I was thrown in with everyone else. Out of shape as I was, I immediately learned the first lesson in CrossFit: Check your ego at the door.
The coach was great. He took lots of time to go through all the exercises, explained everything in detail, answered all my questions, corrected my movements, and made me feel like I didn’t suck as much as I actually did.
My first class super exhausting. And the soreness the next day was no joke either. But there was a moment during the WOD where I saw myself sweat, physically working hard, that filled me with so much satisfaction that I knew I’d come back. At least for as long as the Groupon lasted.