i’ve always thought of myself as a strong person – physically strong. i’ve sort of prided myself on knowing that if furniture needed to be moved i could do it. i needed no help lugging around luggage or boxes or bags. help with my groceries? not necessary, i’ve got it. but, recently, i’ve discovered that while i still think of myself as strong – i’m not. i don’t know that i’ve deteriorated to official weakling, but i am certainly fast on my way. just before i decided to redefine myself as nowhere near as strong as i thought i was, i came across a business card for crossfit chiang mai.
what is crossfit? it’s “constantly varied high-intensity functional movement” it’s “fitness for life”. and it’s really challenging. really. i happen to know one of the trainers – i didn’t know he led this secret trainer life, but knowing the trainer certainly made it easier to give it a go. i went for my initial assessment. the work out included rowing, pushups, pullups, squats and sit-ups. nothing too difficult – at least reading it on the board wasn’t difficult. the brilliant thing about crossfit is it’s completely scalable. need to do push-ups and can’t do an all out push-up? that’s okay, because you could do a
girl lever push-up. can’t do a lever push-up? that’s okay, you can do one leaning against a bar. (i have personal experience with this. you’d be surprised how hard it is to do a push-up against a bar when you have absolutely no very little upper body strength.) and pull-ups? those are scalable, too. and squats? yep, scalable, or relocatable (i don’t think that’s crossfit lingo). i kept falling forward, the solution to that is to get really, really close to a wall. facing the wall. as you go up and down – and your form is not so good and you end up leaning too far forward – you can drag your face along the corrugated metal.
i survived the assessment, i might not have been able to lift a coffee cup the next day, but i’d gotten in the required numbers of each thing. it’s only been a few weeks and changes are already noticeable. i can do a squat, with no help from a wall. i can do a
girl lever push up. it’s not pretty, but i do get it done.