Thursday, 21 April 2016

Cross Fit Battle of Britain: A Spectators View



This past weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to go and watch some pals compete in the Cross Fit Battle of Britain competition in Birmingham on Sunday.

To be honest with you I really didn't know what to expect, I'm often surrounded by people who love cross fit but in reality I don't think I have ever really understood what the whole thing entailed. Well now I successfully know what WOD means (as if I didn't already :P), I know what 'for time' means, good lord, the whole lot! Ha

No, but in all seriousness, this was one of the most awesome, awe inspiring sporting events I have been to. I must admit I don't make a habit of going to sporting events, in reality the idea of sporting competition instantly makes my stomach flip, and that's exactly what happened to me when I walked into the arena yesterday.

When I walked in and heard the loud music and cheers and shouts of encouragement from the audience I was instantly overwhelmed by a feeling of dread even though I had nothing to do with the competition at all. I guess it's something that has always stuck with me from my school days, being an overweight kid being asked to run 400m when I couldn't even run for the ice cream van.

All that being said my anxiety soon turned into excitement. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. These beautiful women of all ages, taking on some super tough workouts and giving it their all (their were men there but I was more interested in seeing how the ladies were smashing it, to give myself a little motivation).

I watched a couple of workouts, I shopped a little (I can shop anywhere) and bought some great Bear Strength Clothing tops which I love, and to be honest I ended up feeling felt fully inspired by what I was witnessing. I'm not sure Cross Fit will ever be my thing but I'm at least going to try and give it a go when I can.

I am heading to another competition in May which I'm sure will only pursued me more to give this thing a try, at the moment it's just hard to imaging where you even start! When your as unfit as I am, it's hard to run up 5 flights of stairs chasing a doughnut let alone even attempt to do one chin up without monumentally launching yourself on the floor. So for now, I'm still lifting heavy weights and I'm going to claim that as my starting point.


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