By: Sarah Warman
You are reading this article because of an intense physical workout called CrossFit. Now that I’ve stated the obvious, let’s examine the reasons behind my statement.
In December of 2013 I started writing a blog. My original intention was to write race recaps of recent half marathons that I had ran. I assumed only my family and close friends would read the blog. Shortly after starting my blog, I tried CrossFit for the first time. I was completely blown away by how hard the workouts were and I knew I needed to write about it. I wrote my first CrossFit blog, and shared it on my Facebook page.
Soon after, the owner of my box, Crossfit Mt. Lebanon, saw my blog and asked to share it on the box’s Facebook page. After my blog was shared with other members of my box, I received a lot of positive feedback. I was stunned that so many people had read my blog! So I kept CrossFitting and writing about it. I wrote several more blogs and got even more positive feedback. All the positive feedback gave me enough confidence to submit articles to online magazines and they got published! In fact, right now you’re reading one of my articles all because of CrossFit!
What I soon realized about CrossFit was the support inside the box was also being given outside the box. When I struggled at the box, others encouraged me to finish a workout. When I would publish a new blog, fellow box mates told me to keep writing and they couldn’t wait to read the next article. Prior to CrossFit, I had been writing for a long time, but would rarely share my work with anyone. The supportive and encouraging environment I found at CrossFit finally gave me the confidence to share my work.
This made me wonder, “What else can be accomplished with a supportive environment like the one I found in CrossFit?” I know some of my box mates are starting to write; just like me. Some are expanding their photography or videography skills. CrossFit provides an encouraging environment where people and their creativity can thrive. As adults it's rare to find this kind of environment where we are encouraged to try new things and pursue our dreams. So what new confidence has CrossFit given you? What new things have you tried “outside the box”?
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.