I’m not a newcomer to fitness. I’ve seen my share of gyms and running trails in my 55+ years. But the older I get, the harder it is to remain interested in another trip to the gym. At this point, about the only thing I can show for my fitness routine is the amount of time it takes out of my day.
My 25-year-old daughter approaches fitness a little differently, more in keeping with her millennial lifestyle. She is a river rafter, a snow boarder, an ice climber (yes, that’s right), and a dozen other things. So when she started raving about Crossfit, I was interested, but only theoretically. I’m old, she’s young – it’s her thing.
Then she came to Carlsbad for Thanksgiving, and I was amazed at how different her body looked. She has asthma, and has never been able to push herself physically, but she was FIT. She wanted to visit a local Crossfit gym and asked me to join her – just to observe, of course. We found Offshore Crossfit on Tyler Street, and decided to make a visit.
When we walked in the door, the equipment looked familiar, but the space was buzzing with friendly people. My daughter and her boyfriend laughed and interacted with everyone else as they all prepared for the same “Workout of the Day” or WOD, which they did together at an intense, lively pace, and before I knew it, they were done! Not the long, boring solitary workout that I was used to seeing at the fitness center. They were actually having fun!
My daughter encouraged me to try it for myself, and after months of procrastination, I decided to give it a try. The thing that made me say yes? “You can start from zero.” I’ll post again soon to let you know what happened.