Fitness! A buzz word in today’s world.
A Google search of “Fitness” gives you billions of results. People are fascinated with extreme fitness nowadays. We have so many different programs today ranging from Crossfit (Powerful high-intensity full body routine formally used to train soldiers, martial artists, professional athletes) to Kickboxing to Zumba (Aerobic Dance routine) to Yoga (Different types of meditating and stretching). Everyday new programs are coming up. Soul Cycle is the next on my list. It’s a new program founded in 2006. This has become a celebrity – touted workout today. Fitness today is not supposed to be easy. If you’re running just three miles a day and doing a few push-ups, you’re a wimp compared to the toned dude who’s ready for an appearance on “American Ninja Warrior.” It’s hard not to feel awe when you watch a middle-aged woman in a “Never Quit” T-shirt clean-and-jerk huge weight.
Back in 2008, I was weighing 175lb.
My cubicle was on the 4th floor. I decided to take the stairs one day. After ten steps I was wheezing and breathless. I always give benefit of doubt to everything so I tried it five more days, and the result was same. Soon after, few of my friends were diagnosed with high cholesterol. I realized it was time to get fit. To me being fit is not a destination; it is a way of life. So I started jogging in the morning, and when people were busy checking out food stalls during lunch hour, I took the opportunity and began the hardest lift of my life – getting my butt off the seat and kick it hard each day with the hope that change is round the corner.
Within a year I lost 20 freaking pounds!
Soon I travelled to the United States for my job. Everywhere I see, people are running. I also joined these crazy folks with my little steps. I started running 5k races. I realized my competition is not with the other runners, it’s with my inner voice which wants to quit.
Unfortunately with my thyroid and extremely sweet teeth, running wasn’t enough to get me into the little red dress hanging in my closet. Numerous boot camp, group classes, Zumba classes, diets couldn’t lower my body fat percentage. It was 33%. One of my office colleagues shared a video of her daughter doing crossfit.
Crossfit is high intensity routine and includes functional movements of gymnastics, weightlifting, rowing, running etc.
The first day I visited my box (lingo for gym), it was 6AM and 90 degrees (farenheit). I saw bunch of grunting men and women hoisting barbells with freaking weights over their shoulders. Beside them, a woman groaning with effort, dripping in sweat slams down and flips a big tire. Then there was a man bellowing at them as they gasp each time. It looked exhausting and immediately I was intrigued. I have been doing it regularly for 3 months now and even though my weight hasn’t changed much, I have lost 10% body fat and gained muscle mass. I could do hardly 100lb front squat then and now I can squat with 160lb (that’s more than my weight☺) It taught me that I am capable of much more than I ever imagined. Everyday its just me against me. Getting better and more fit each day.
My experience with fitness in the last 8 years taught me that for a person who was never into any kind of physical activity and with health problems like thyroid and with too much love for food, running is not the way to overall fitness.
Today if I don’t sweat in my box, I feel something is missing. Who wants to sit alone at a desk all day, and then work out alone on a machine? I would rather suffer and sweat together, as a group and let my coach yell at us while we do it.
Stay Positive… Stay Focused…Stay Strong… Mentality is everything!