Two years ago in May, my relationship with fitness went through a big overhaul. Prior to that I was a distance runner and YMCA junkie. As a half marathoner, most of my training was at night or on the weekend, away from my family. Yeah, yeah -- I know some people use BOB strollers to take their kids with them, but that just wasn't going to happen with my daughter. Trust me. She unbuckled herself and hopped right out mid stride one day... That was the end of that. So onto the YMCA I went, logging my miles on the dreadmill. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good treadmill run every once in a while - but it's mainly because I can zone out watching cable. Running on a treadmill everyday while my kid was in child watch just isn't the idea of fitness I've ever wanted for me or my kids.
From day one of CrossFit, my kids have gone to the box with me more times than not. Most busy days they stay in the kids' room which has a giant plexiglass window. Every time they look up - they see mom working out, getting stronger, failing and trying again. During the calmer days, they are able to sit in the giant tires or on boxes and cheer us on during an AMRAP. The coaches engage them in tag or rope climbs. They are learning that fitness is fun. They are seeing mom & her friends work hard, get strong, and be part of a community.
I'm sure you've heard that song and dance at other places, but here's why CrossFit is different than your other gym: it is a family. My husband travels often for work but my kids have no shortage of fill-in family because of this place.
My kids met their best friends at CrossFit. My daughter loves that Ms. Melyssa is the one that cuts her hair. My son loves that he can talk to Officer Danny about any weird law enforcement question. Both of my kids love seeing Coach Kyra at Target and showing her all their new workout gear. My daughter loves seeing Ms. Tracey at her brother's school and always acts like they have some secret inside joke. My son loves that he can show Mr. James which new Pokemon he's caught. There's 30 other people that I could name on this list. All people that would drop whatever for our kids (and for me & my husband). All people that have known our kids for the past 2 years- watched them grow, know their quirks and show them love. In my opinion, that's the pretty awesome and unique part about CrossFit.
The muscles are just an added bonus.
-Thanks for reading. ~Christy