I started CrossFit as I felt my fitness had plateaued playing football so I wanted to try something different. Even though I had been active all my life with swimming and football I had never been to a gym or lifted weights. From the word go I was hooked but what really grabbed my attention was the Olympic lifting side of the training. I eagerly awaited the days that either the ‘Snatch’ or ‘Clean & jerk’ would come up in the strength element of our CrossFit classes to work on my technique and gradually see my lifts increasing in weight.
A lot of people wrongly assume that weightlifting is Bodybuilding, I myself have been asked numerous amounts of times ‘how is your show prep going?’. I usually laugh it off and try to explain to them what I do is not for physique but for functional movement, fitness and long term involvement in sport and physical activity.
Along with these reasons there are also more benefits of choosing weightlifting as a sport or activity. These include :
- Becoming stronger and healthier
- Increased energy
- Improves heart health
- Sleeping better
- Increase your self confidence
You are never too old or too young to reap these benefits !
I am conituouslly inspired by strong female role models in CrossFit. Attached is a short documentary on a young Weightlifter/CrossFitter called Lauren Fisher who has represented Team USA in weightlifting and has made it to the CrossFit Games. Lauren is an excellent example how important it is to be involved in sports from a young age and how she has reaped the benefits of CrossFit and Weightlifting.