Well hello there.
The Christmas season is over, the mall is starting to calm down, and the TALONS students have just begun their in-depth project! I’ll be honest: I am quite excited to start in-depth this year. The idea of spending time to learn skills you are passionate about is interesting to me. We have such busy schedules in our lives and might not take enough time to enjoy the hobbies and activites we like. The fact we are getting marked on it is just the motivational post we need to pursue our interests.
This year, I had a variety of ideas. I wanted to do skills such as photography, ukulele, dancing, and singing. I even had the idea of sword swallowing at one point! (I did not bother running it through Ms. Mulder. I had a gut feeling it would not go through.)
But at the end, there was one activity that circled my mind constantly. It is becoming a growing sensation and I feel it would be beneficial for me to be part of it.
This year, I decided to do…. CROSSFIT!
Now you might ask, what is crossFit?
Well, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to prepare you for life and for sport better than any other program. CrossFit uses the best methods currently available to improve general fitness and incorporates them into a structured program. These methods include high intensity workouts that are both physically and mentally challenging. What makes it different than other workout programs is the level of intensity and endurance needed to do CrossFit. Workouts include running, gymnastics, powerlifting, olympic weightlifting, and other forms of workout activities. CrossFit is not for everyone, so you should carefully do your research before joining anything. CrossFit also focuses on every part of the body, rather than a activity focusing on one muscle group. For example, biking improving mainly on your legs or kayaking improving on your arms.
And why on earth would I do this to myself?
Personally, I believe fitness is the key to a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy soul. It has been proven that healthier people live better lives, so why not start young? Also, as an army cadet, I have opportunities to reach my full potential as an individual. Some of these opportunities include parachuting and gaining my Royal Canadian Basic Parachuting Wings which is a high achievement. However, the requirements for the course is intense. 7 pull-ups, 39 sit-ups, and run a mile under 7 minutes? It way seem easy, but with about 20 kids ranging from the age of 16 to 19? Competition is not easy. I believe CrossFit will help me achieve my goal of making it in the parachuting course and becoming an overall healthier person.
Who are you planning to have as your mentor?
Nothing is solidified yet, but I was curious in this CrossFit instructor who co-owns the SheepDog CrossFit location in Port Coquitlam. His name is Sebastien Lavoie. He used to be in the Canadian Forces, so this man knows what he is doing, and would be perfect at helping me reach my goal.
How are you planning on reaching this goal again?
The main way to improve your fitness is to be consecutive. You can’t slack off and take a few days off. That is how you lose the fitness you just worked so hard for. I know it is said that you need to meet with your mentor for 1 hour a week, but I feel like I will be meeting with my mentor more often than that. I need to create a steady workout plan and stick with it to see results. I might try to quit, and I might cry a few times (or a lot of times) but I need to find my motivation. I will be doing my training at the CrossFit building in Port Coquitlam (SheepDog) and hopefully, if i find time, on my own once I gain enough skills about what I’m doing.
CrossFit seems kinda cool. What would you need to do CrossFit?
So the main need I need for accomplishing CrossFit is motivation. Without that, I would be as useless as a bag of potatoes. Motivation is the flame that will push me to my limits and be the best that I can be. On a more technical note, the equipment I need for CrossFit include workout equipment such as medicine balls, weights and bars, pull-ups bars, jump ropes, and a variety of equipment that I still have yet discovered. Besides that, I just need my gym strip, a water bottle, and my courage.
A few questions I have for CrossFit include:
– How long does it take to develop the basic skills of CrossFit?
– Can CrossFit be done on my own if I understand the fundamentals of CrossFit?
– How long will it take until I see improvements?
– Can CrossFit be adapted to fit for every fitness level?
Well these are just a few questions I will hopefully answer by my next post. Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope you have a good day!