It is not about how good you are at exercising.
Even though our members do get quite good at it. There is so much more to Icehouse then just helping you get into the best shape of your life. Our favorite success stories aren’t around the total number of pounds or inches lost, or how much strength and/or speed is gained. Those are all awesome & amazing accomplishments, but not what it is about.
Here are 2 of my favorite changes other then just improved fitness we see in our members:
It is not uncommon for someone new to say or think “I can’t do that” when they read the workout. CrossFit works because it is hard work, but it is absolutely possible. If it wasn’t it wouldn’t work, and we would not ask you to do something if we didn’t believe you were capable. We are all capable of so much more then we think!
Slowly we lift a couple more pounds, get a little faster, and/or loose a few pounds. Before you know it you don’t even bat an eye at the workout because you just know you can do it. You even start trying tougher versions of movements because you’ve been killin’ it. THAT is amazing!
Even better when a big project/opportunity at work, or a challenge out in the real world shows up you roll up your sleeves and take it on. Because you are strong. Because you are capable. Because you CAN!
2. Saying YES to life
This is my absolute favorite reason to be fit, and why I stick with it. I never want to have to say no to a fun outing, vacation, or adventure because I am concerned about being fit enough.
When someone shares a post about how they were able to go for a hike with their family on their annual vacation for the first time in years, or go outside and play a game with their nieces or nephews without getting winded THAT is what it’s about.
I understand that at this point you may have back pain, or you may have some knee pain stopping you from getting in shape. We are in pain so we don’t move, and we don’t move because we are in pain, and our bodies are not meant to just sit. Find someone who can help you with those issues (we have coaches who have experience with all of those issues and can help you build the strength needed to solve them), or check out my recent blog of 5 places to start your fitness journey if you aren’t sure where to begin.
Take care of your body, surround yourself with people who believe in you, and say YES to life!
Courtney Shoemaker is a Co-Owner of CrossFit Icehouse and Flux, and in charge of the behind the scenes juggling to keep the Icehouse ship sailing smoothly. She is passionate about fitness and identifies as a CrossFitter, Weightlifter, Yogi, Skydiver & overall Shenaniganer.