February Free Saturday – TOMORROW!

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FREE SATURDAY EVENT – Public is welcome to come to CrossFIt Flagstaff and join us for the 10:00 or 11:00 classes for adults, 10:00 class for kids!  All levels of experience are welcome, as everything is completely scalable to individual ability.  Please come and check us out, learn something new, and get a good work out!

There are unexpected benefits of doing CrossFIt….  Maybe you’ll see yourself in here.

The Now of CrossFit

by Erin Henry, from the Huffington Post

If you’re into fitness, you’ve heard of CrossFit. Celebrities,
athletes, moms and military vets are all stepping into the box (CrossFit
lingo for gym). Some are doing it to lose weight, some enjoy the thrill
of the competition and some probably don’t know why they keep coming
back day after day to participate in this fitness phenomenon. The “sport
of fitness,” as CrossFit dubs itself, has steadily grown to hold a
powerful presence, proving it is more than just another passing fitness
trend. CrossFit is booming so fiercely that it is difficult to find an
accurate count on how many boxes are affiliated worldwide, but it is
somewhere around 5,000 and increasing by 50 a week according to the most
recent Wikipedia findings.

Inside boxes, groups of athletes push through grueling workouts
together, against the clock and their own personal best. If one were to
poke their head into a box towards the end of a WOD ( workout of the
day), the sight would be difficult to forget. Sweat and blood may drip
off the pull-up bar, bodies may be strewn about the floor like rag dolls
straining to catch their breath, and the quaking sound of a loaded
barbell slamming against the floor would affirm the last group member
had completed their final squat snatch of the day. Members would write
their scores on the board, high five and walk out the door — back to
their more complicated and stressful lives outside the box.

What is difficult for an outsider to see is that these people just
went to a place inside the box, and themselves, that isn’t accessible to
them at any other point in their day. The physical intensity of the
workout gave them no choice but to draw their attention inward — to the
now. In the now, or the present moment, the mind experiences a much
needed gift of rest.

I was a CrossFit skeptic when I heard of it a few years ago. I loved
to work out, but I couldn’t understand why grown adults would want to
beat themselves up day after day. Did they want to get buff and sexy?
Were they in a fitness cult? Are they some kind of masochists? I was
also resistant because I didn’t want to further injure an old rotator
cuff tear and a delicate lower back. My self-conscious side thought
people would smirk at my poor upper body strength, and my gazelle-like
arms couldn’t even manage one pull-up. I was sure my fitness had peaked
several years ago and it was only downhill from there.

I had watched other members who stuck with it become more confident,
assertive, fit, stress-free, health conscious and eager to take on the
world. I heard them talk about doing things they never thought they
could do. A CrossFit workout seemed to yield something uncommonly good
that seasoned veterans of the sport said I could only experience if I
gave it at least a few months. They spoke as if CrossFit had given them
some sort of indestructible sense of well-being that ran far deeper than
the physical body.

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Last weekend, I was barely hanging on as I fought to finish the
Filthy Fifty. The FF is a CrossFit workout that requires you to complete
50 reps each of 10 different high intensity functional fitness
movements, one after another with no rest. There is a 30 minute time
cap. I was at the halfway mark when things got tough. I was swinging
from the pull-up bar trying to force my core to engage and pull my knees
up to touch my elbows 30 more times. My body was exhausted, and I
wasn’t sure I could force it to obey. My mind was chattering away with
negative self-talk, making me doubtful I was strong enough to reach the
50 reps I needed to move on to the next exercise.

I knew I had to dig deeper within myself. I faintly heard the trainer
remind me I could do anything for 15 more minutes. I focused straight
ahead at the white wall, and dropped fully into the present. My mind
quieted and my body took over. There were no more thoughts of what was
next and whether or not I could do it. I committed to make my way
through the workout one repetition at a time from that point on. The
seconds between deep gasps for air were filled with thoughts of nothing
beyond my next breath.

As I hurled heavy medicine balls 10 feet up a wall, and repeatedly
threw myself on the floor in the form of burpees, I steadily worked my
way to the finish. As I called out my time, the sweaty, panting sight of
me may have appeared disheveled, but inside I was in a state of peace
and quiet that I hadn’t felt in days. I was in the now.

Having lived many years in New York City, I had a hard time learning
how to be happy in the present moment instead of focusing on how I could
get ahead. The race for more of everything was never ending until I
developed a yoga practice, went on meditation retreats and spent periods
of time at an ashram in India. These helped me to spend more time in
the present, where every worry, stress, thought and fear falls away. It
is the place where the joy of living truly occurs. Somehow, a CrossFit
workout is able to bring me to this place too.

I’ve been joking with my friends lately that I’ve joined the CrossFit
cult, and I know they are silently rolling their civilian eyes a touch.
But I know they are curious what is happening inside this private world
of fitness that is so good. I tell them you get a shortcut to inner
peace through an ass-kicking workout. When well-being starts on the
inside, the rest falls into place. I know it’s true because over a year
into my CrossFit experience, I’m stronger and faster than ever, and even
my injuries have improved. I don’t know if a WOD will always be my
route to inner peace, but for now it’s working.

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