By Guy Lawrence
In this video (length 3:04sec)
- What is CrossFit?
- My Crossfit journey at CrossFit Bare
- Before & after photo of Lynne Knapman. She lost 25kg with the help of CrossFit.
- Why CrossFit can be for anyone & everyone
- What are progressive exercises
- And much more…
What is CrossFit?
It’s a question I honestly struggle with. For me CrossFit is an ‘experience’ and it is near on impossible to sum up in one sentence. When I get asked what do I do for training, I say CrossFit. Nearly every response I get receives a vague look with questions like ‘CrossFit rings a bell but…isn’t it for the fanatical?’. Then others simply have no idea what I’m on about.
My Journey at CrossFit Bare in Sydney
Over the next few months I’ve decided to blog about my CrossFit journey at CrossFit Bare in Bondi-Junction, Sydney. I’m enjoying it that much I wanted to help reveal a side to CrossFit that I feel can be easily overlooked by many.
I’m from a village in Wales. I would walk down my street to the local shop which was 200m away. This could take me up to an hour on times from bumping into people and talking. I would pretty much know everyone, and this is an experience I don’t get as much from living in the big smoke.
I have a lot of experience when it comes to commercial gyms, and whilst there is all the glamour with bells and whistles, I feel a lot of them lack soul. I may have been a member but I never felt like I belonged. Maybe this is just my country ways.
People who know me know that I like to chat, be part of something bigger than myself and embrace others. CrossFit has given me that. That community feeling that I crave and I’m loving it.
I hope I do CrossFit justice and that you enjoy this discovery with me as I start my journey at CrossFit Bare…Warm regards, Guy.
Ps. The picture in the video was taken of Lynne Knapman pre-CrossFit and 25kg over weight (Cassie’s maths teacher) and was taken in June 2010. The picture of Lynne post-CrossFit is her competing in this years Australian Regional CrossFit Games in April 2012. She is an amazing inspiration!
What is CrossFit transcript
GUY: Hi this Guy Lawrence from 180 Nutrition and today I’m joined with Cassie from Bondi-Junction in Sydney which is CrossFit Bare. So the reason why you are watching this video is basically I’ve decided to track my CrossFit journey over the next few months. I will be getting myself a baseline of what my body composition will be, what food I eat, what supplements I take etc and plotting my journey a little bit as I’ve been enjoying that much over the last couple weeks.
The first thing that I’m finding out when I speak to people about CrossFit, most people have no idea what it is and I feel that they are pretty much missing out on quite a bit.
So I just wanted to bring Cassie in who’s been my trainer for the last couple of weeks and flogging me no end… Cassie, what would you say CrossFit is for people out there watching this?
CASSIE: I was the same as Guy and other people on the street. The misconceptions of CrossFit are that it’s for guys who want to get big and strong, but it was actually when I was at a wedding I bumped into my maths teacher and I hadn’t seen her in about 5 years. She had probably lost 20-25kg and just looked the healthiest, like just pure health. She’s 52 years old has four kids and is just incredible. I asked her what she had been doing and she said CrossFit. And at that time I was looking into CrossFit and thinking about making a change from traditional boot-camp training to into the CrossFit community.
GUY: The one thing I’ve noticed as well is it’s all scalable. We have a range of people here of all different fitness levels.
CASSIE: Yep, I train kids, I train adults, you have over 50 year olds, then I’ve got a couple of 20 year old and everyone is here for a different reason. But in saying that, they come into the gym and they kind of give it their all…
GUY: No work out is the same…
CASSIE: That’s right, it’s all different, so it’s variety. We do functional training, we use dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, olympic weight lifting, gymnastics, athletics. In saying that, some of that sounds scary but everything is scaled.
Guy would come in and an older lady would come in, they do the same workout but the movements might be scaled slightly, and so Guy and the older lady would be getting the same benefits, so it’s all relative.
GUY: Yeah, absolutely. It becomes a lifestyle at the end of the day…
CASSIE: Yeah, lifestyle and community…
GUY: The community has been massive… and the last thing I was going to say is, what you’ll find if you are curious about CrossFit and you are umming and arr-ring… Cassie here will do a free trial session, so if you live in Bondi-Junction come along and have a free trial, and if you like it great! Or even check out your local CrossFit wherever you are living I’m pretty sure they will do the same thing to.
We will see how we go and go from there… Cheers.