In the last 2 weeks I’ve had 2 compliments on my buffness(!!) so I thought I’d make that a hatrick and pass a compliment back on to you guys.
Before I started Cross-Fit I used to go running to keep fit. Only once or twice a week and only a couple of miles.
I found I could up the distance; 4, 5, 6 miles, and maintain the same pace. But whatever distance, I couldn’t improve the pace. I put this down to being in my forties and that old cliché – the legs have gone!
When I started Cross-Fit I intended to keep up the running at least once a week but family and work commitments mean that this hasn’t happened.
I did manage to go for a run recently and was pleasantly surprised to find I’d increased my pace by about 30 sec/min. I really didn’t expect this, especially as I’m about half a stone heavier than when I started Cross-Fit – pure gainz! – I thought the extra weight would have slowed me down.
As I didn’t think fitness was a problem before (for my age) I can only put this down to the strength work being done at the Box. Amazeballs!!!
There’s another plus I wanted to mention, especially considering a few people have said to me that Cross-Fit can easily cause injury.
When I was in my late 20s I had sciatica to the extent that a couple of friends bought me walking sticks – partly as a joke, but partly because I walked like I needed one!!
For a couple of years I was regularly in agony. Osteopaths and physio sessions didn’t seem to help and eventually, over time, it got better (should have come to see Craig – how old was he circa 2001?!!).
Touch wood, nowadays the worst it gets is ‘a bit sore’ but I can safely say my back has never felt better/stronger and I also put that down to the strength work at Cross-Fit.
As for injuries, the coaching at Lift Off is thorough enough, and the coaches put so much emphasis on quality of movement and technique, that I have no concerns whatsoever about Cross-Fit related injuries.