I remember when I first started CrossFit. I was scared to even touch the barbells – they felt unfamiliar and awkward in my hands. Now, I have days where the only thing that can salvage it is the prospect of some really heavy back squats or the grind of a metcon.
We’re holding something at our gym called the New You Challenge, which is a 6-week challenge that includes 3 workouts a week, as well as nutrition guidelines and both pre and post challenge body measurements and photos. There’s two groups of 15 women each – one group works out in the morning, and one group in the evening.
I’ve only met half of them, as I coach the evening classes, but I love watching these women gain confidence in themselves and the movements they’re learning. Coaching regular group CrossFit classes is rewarding, but the classes with these women are rewarding in such a different way. They start out uncertain with a movement – they look at me like I have a third eye when I demo something for the first time. Then, as I break it down for them, and they try it out a few times, you can see things start to click. Once they get into a rhythm during the WOD, they gain confidence, and when the movement shows up in a later workout you can visibly see that confidence grow.
CrossFit is often rumored to be extreme and cult-like. I get why it has this reputation, but I’m going to tell you something. As a woman, it’s empowering. The workouts are only as extreme as you make them – you get out what you put in. As for the cult-like mentality…your body starts to crave it. You crave intensity of the workout, and the release it provides when its over. The reason it’s cult-like is because everyone else there has the same addiction you do. And as far as I’m concerned, there are way worse things to be addicted to than endorphins! Paleo Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, for example. Those would be something terrible to be addicted to, because they would make terrible fuel for CrossFit workouts.
That being said, we are in Paleo Scaleo world here, so, all things in moderation! I shared my Paleo Pumpkin Whoopie Pie recipe over on Healy Eats Real for my first guest post yesterday. Because, you know, we can never have enough pumpkin things in the fall. Pumkinallthethings!
Hannah has a site full of great healthy recipes as well as DIY home and beauty recipes and lots of articles on nutrition and health – all well worth checking out! And while you’re over there, check out these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. They’re easy enough to make at the last minute, but will make your friends and guests think you’re a gourmet baker.