In May, I'd finally had enough of lackluster results with our old gym. Between boredom and plain dissatisfaction, we'd virtually stopped going to the gym. Why go? We weren't getting good results (heck, we weren't really getting any results) and, as a result, we kinda sorta stopped going. Still, I wasn't at all happy with our fitness levels. As homeschoolers, I am responsible for our PE as well as our academic curriculum. I'd been seeing a lot about CrossFit on the Primal and Paleo lifestyle blogs, but, as the nearest CrossFit gym was too far away from my house to make joining up practical, I just filed the information away.
Finally, in April, a CrossFit gym opened near enough to our house to make it worthwhile to investigate. I headed to the website and saw this video:
Did you notice that there are old people, young people, fat people, and fit people doing CrossFit? I fit into some of those categories quite well. The next hurdle? Convincing the kids that we could all be CrossFitters. Much to my surprise, after viewing this video, Buttercup (or Queen Bean, as she has named herself) was all for it and Valiant was willing, if not enthusiastic.
We headed down to the gym to check it out and signed up that day. It has been five months since we joined the CrossFit world and we've been transformed. Truly. My kids all lost that pudgy, we-love-video-games look (they still love video games, it just doesn't show as much!) and my clothes all fit so much better...especially my jeans (woot!). My chiropractor actually asked me what I've been doing because I've developed so much lean muscle in such a short time. We've become stronger, more agile, have more endurance, and have more overall energy. We sleep better. Buttercup says everyone is more confident and seems to enjoy life more. The best part? It didn't take five months to see these results.
|Our first month, Valiant is jumping with the sandbag while I get mine ready.|
|Our second month...I'm playing with the log.|
|His first month, Charming is getting it above his head.|
|Last week, Buttercup finally got up the rope!|