First off, I am participating in the #CanadianBloggerSeries, the brain child of Heidi Murphy, where each Tuesday someone writes about their part of Canada. I’m scheduled to write about Ontario on April 17, and I already have some fun ideas that I hope to be able to make work! Today’s post is by Lisa from Smores N More, and she’s also talking about Ontario! Please check her blog out and her post over on Heidi’s blog, The Balance Project!
I sure used a lot of exclamation points in that paragraph. But I digress…
Today I want to talk more about Crossfit, and weight lifting in general. Over the last week I’ve talked to a lot of women that I know, and they seem to fall into 1 of 3 camps. The first believes that muscles are not feminine, that women shouldn’t lift weights or have muscles, and are baffled that I’m striving for the 250lb deadlift or the 100lb clean and jerk. The second feels that muscles and strength are fine, as long as they aren’t obvious muscles, and there isn’t too much definition (ok, this sounds eerily similar to the first camp). And finally, the third group is where I fit in – where “strong is the new skinny”, and we feel that having muscles is just fine. I’m not striving to be a body builder by any means, but the fact that I have wicked back and shoulder definition and I’m working on the elusive ab muscles positively thrills me.
Why all this negativity towards strong, capable women? Some of the ladies who fall into group 3 with me believe that the others in the first 2 groups are “jealous” and know they won’t ever try to achieve the same sort of physical fitness we are striving for. I’m not sure that this is true, but I don’t think that I have the answer, either. All I can do is tell these women why I do what I do, and hope that I can lead by example and change even one persons’ mind!
I started Crossfit because I was interested in powerlifting. I had been introduced to Crossfit a few years ago by a (believe it or not) pole dancing instructor I had, but I never thought that I would be able to a) do any of the workouts I saw on the main site or b) be able to afford it. As I did more research, I found out that the Crossfit workouts can be scaled in order to make them appropriate for every ability level. I tested out 2 different boxes in my area, fell in love with the second and haven’t left.
What I like about Crossfit, and lifting weights as well, is that I am pushed to my edge every time I step into the box or onto the platform. While I love running, I find that I’m more challenged with weights. I’m actually *good* at lifting weights. I’m not built to be a runner – as I’ve said before, I’m built to plow fields – and so I might as well use my body type to my advantage.
Lifting weights gives me confidence, and in the last few months I’ve seen weights and Crossfit give so many other women confidence, too. To be able to do something that you never thought you could do before, and do it well, is such an ego boost and it translates into every aspect of their lives. I just want every woman to feel the same kind of confidence I do, to feel good about themselves after every workout, to workout because they LOVE it and not because they *have* to in order to be skinny. Because, let’s face it, a woman with a little bit of muscle (or a lot) is *hot*.
Please go check out Lisa and Heidi’s blogs! And if you have any questions about Crossfit please feel free to ask!