FuncThat.com is the unofficial guide to CrossFit and functional training. This site is a collection of training tips and articles which are of interest to new and experienced CrossFitters. Take a look around and feel free to leave a comment or send an email if you have some input on what you see here!
About the Editor (aka Ed.)
The bottom line is I’m just an average thirty-something guy/dad without enough time to make it into the gym anymore. Lucky for me I’m one of those skinny twerpy types who doesn’t have to worry much about what I eat and never seems to put on much weight so replacing my gym membership with a 30 minute run every few weeks was fine for me.
This worked great for awhile until my once a year rock climbing trip with my little brother (“little” in age only, the punk is a good six inches taller than me) rolled around. On the second day of the trip, we started the hour long hike to the climbing area, with packs loaded with gear. After about 10 minutes I noticed my bro was trying to show off and started picking up the pace. Soon he was 10 yards ahead, then 20, then out of sight. He stopped to wait for me at some point and it dawned on me that it wasn’t that he was showing off, it was that I was sufficiently out of shape that my little vacation away was actually setting up to be a suffer fest instead of a break.
I survived the weekend but it became very clear that I had let my physical condition slide to a point that was no longer acceptable. Shortly, thereafter I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and he started talking my ear off about CrossFit. CrossFit East County was just a few miles from my house, and like many affiliates they offered a free workout on the weekends. I dropped by, was dripping with sweat halfway through the warmup, and then watched a pregnant woman snap off more pull ups in a few minutes than I could do in an hour.
A year and a half later I’m hooked to the intense workouts and camaraderie and am definitely in better shape than I was in high school (even though I’m spending substantially less time in the gym). I think CrossFit has the potential to substantially improve anyone’s level of fitness and even if you decide it’s not for you, you’ll walk away with some new ideas to incorporate into your own training.