PEOPLE call it a cult.
I first stepped into the box two years ago. Weighing in well over 200 pounds and with no clear idea of what I was getting myself into, I knew it was going to be a disaster. True enough, the warm-ups felt like workouts to me, and 15 minutes into the session, I was ready to give up.
I kept at it. Six months in, following a diet that revolved mainly around protein and fat, and working out 4 to 5 times a week, I dropped 60 pounds and was the healthiest I’d ever been. Two years later, I’m 28 and feeling stronger, faster, and healthier than I was at 18.
So if CrossFit can be so efficient in helping people achieve their fitness goals, why do so many hate it?
Is it all the injuries you can get from doing it—as if you can’t get injured in other sports? Is it the cost of membership—even if personal training at a regular gym can cost roughly double or triple that on a monthly basis? Is it the community—where we can’t stop talking about something that has changed our lives, where we can say stuff like “easy is never enough” and truly live it?
Honestly, I don’t know where all the hate comes from. Ever since I started doing the program, I have only seen and experienced positive things, both with myself and those around me. People who do CrossFit understand that we cheer harder for the last person to finish the workout than we do the first. We believe in results, and with the right amount of effort and commitment, you will achieve these results. We believe in the program, wherein the WODs change so fast, there’s a chance you’ll never repeat the same workout in a year—a far cry from most repetitive (and somewhat boring) regimens these days.
One of the beauties of CrossFit is being able to share the journey with others. I started mine as an overweight dude just looking to shed off some pounds. Since then, I’ve transformed from a couch potato who had no idea what a calorie was, to a part-owner of my own box who’s always conscious of whatever food I put in my body, and the amount of sleep I need to support my diet and workout.
I’ve been introduced to a community that crosses the lines of gender, race, sexual orientation, and age. As a part-owner of a box, I’ve experienced the other side of the fence as well—being a CrossFit trainer. The fulfillment I get from helping someone do his first strict pull-up, or go from walking 400 meters to sprinting it, is truly something I’ve never felt before.
I will continue to pay it forward. My new goal in life is to inspire others and help them achieve whatever fitness goals they have. My advice for anyone who’s ever hesitated to try CrossFit is to just walk through the doors of the box. Leave your anxieties, ego, and judgments outside, and keep an open mind. Soon enough, you will see it isn’t as hard or as intense as you may have thought it to be. You may even end up enjoying it. You will also see that we are not actually a cult, until you drink from the cup yourself and join the dark side.Just kidding.
JOB WI IS A MANAGING PARTNER AND COACH AT CROSSFIT MNL SOUTH ALABANG.. HE RECENTLY PLACED SECOND IN THE BEAST OF THE SOUTH EAST V2 COMPETITION IN BRUNEI.