I only wish I could do that

A statement we’ve all seen many times, often on members’ Facebook posts about a great workout they had or a snapshot from a class – the statement is usually from a wistful friend or family member lamenting that they’re not in-shape enough to do a CrossFit workout or lift weights. After all, did you happen to see the CrossFit Games recently televised? No. Way.

Well, dubious folks, your CrossFitting friends know the actual truth, and so do we: No one is really ready – yet everyone is ready!

Runners have joined, only to be shocked that their running 40+ miles a week hadn’t prepared them for CrossFit. Powerlifters are surprised that those mid-metcon cleans got so difficult, so fast. Why? Because our workouts are targeted to do just that – they somehow manage to find your weakest links, let you work through them safely and with coaching, and suddenly, a few months later, those weakest links can become strengths.

The same runners discover that having a well-developed posterior chain helps them power through hill runs. Globo gym lifters discover that blending cardio and weightlifting can be done in an hour, 3-5 times a week, and give them the fastest 5k time and best lifting totals they’ve ever had. Grandparents discover strength to be more active in their kids’ and grandkids’ lives (and probably out-run, out-squat, and out-play them!) and get off that life sentence of blood pressure medication.

We’ve seen the above statement debunked repeatedly, and it’s because we start everyone out right where they are. Each person is taught 1-on-1 how to safely move from Day 1. They progress as it makes sense to progress. Nothing is forced, and each person’s workout is specifically catered to his or her needs. Coming back from an illness? Your coach will know – he/she will know when it’s the day to back off and go a little gentler on yourself, and when it has been a crappy day, and you just need to blow off some steam and run a little harder than you thought you could. It’s the beauty of a coach-led class, and it’s what we love to do: take care of our people.

When was the last time you did something to surprise yourself? Did you think you were “ready” then? Probably not, but I bet it was a thrill. Take action today – you do have the courage to try something new, and we want to be there to celebrate with you.

Mindy Houser
Coach/Owner
SharpIron Athletics – CrossFit Mattoon

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