Can a Big Girl do CrossFit?

Kelly Glover is a kick ass Aussie living in LA and is the Founder of the popular blog Big Curvy Love, a blog dedicated to plus-size lifestyle, love and fashion. Here is her experience at CrossFit and while many athletes in a diverse range have had a good experience at Crossfit gyms, not all programs are built for every “body”. Share your experiences with us! If you’d like to catch up with the wonderful Kelly Glover, head on over to Big Curvy Love but hold up sister and read all about her CrossFit story here first!

Here’s what she had to say…

My Fat Girl Fit goal is to be able to walk up the stairs without being out of breath. Last summer I was doing a Spin class three times a week and felt great. This time I’m testing different kinds of plus size exercise to see what fits into my life in a way that I can realistically continue and have fun with rather than hating my life and never wanting to go.
A clean eating CrossFit junkie colleague told me about a $30 monthly deal on Living Social at her local ‘box’ (that’s CrossFit talk for gym.) I told her I thought you already needed to be quite fit to begin with and figured it was only for hard core elite athlete types. However, my colleague assured me that you can work at your own level and CrossFit is actually for everybody. Well, you can’t knock it till you try it so I signed up for the Saturday morning intro class.
When I walked through the rusty gates past the boat skeleton to the underground gym in a cement bunker, I arrived in what looked like a post-apocalyptic world. Seriously!? Where were the freakin’ zombies? It was something out of Mad Max or The Hunger Games. Oh geez, was I an unknowing fat tribute that the others would kill and eat afterward? Maybe they’d run out of bodies for ‘fresh meat’ and that’s why they had the $30 deal on Living Social.
First there was a talk about the CrossFit Attitude and yes, it did feel a lot like Fight Club, “You don’t want to be one of those people who go to the gym and sit on a spin bike then use the sauna!” Hmmm, actually at this point that sounded like heaven.
Out of the ten beginners (most from Living Social offers I expect) I was the only fat one there. We did burpies and medicine ball work. I had to go into the kids gym to get a lighter ball as I couldn’t lift it high enough over my head to reach the target 8 ft target. I was clearly in way over my head with this workout.
However, keeping my promise to myself and my work colleague I stayed for the whole session but knew it wasn’t for me. I also knew she was a liar in saying that anyone could do this. That is just not true. The trainer was condescending so I am now clear on why its called CrossFit Attitude.
Even though its pitched to ‘everyone’ and that you can ‘work at your own level’ I really do think this style of workout is geared toward competition minded elite athletes. If you’re already fit and want to get super hardcore then you’ll love CrossFit but for me, I really should have followed my fat gut instinct. I just want to get fit and have fun, not suit up for the apocalypse and flip tires in a cement bunker.
And you know what? I actually do prefer sitting on a spin bike and having a sauna afterward! My Fat Girl Fit quest is all about testing out something new and I did it. No biggie. The next on the list is Zumba. Bright colored outfits, fun latin music and their company tagline is ‘Join the party.’ Surely those are my people? I’ll admit I’m not used to rocking a party without a cocktail glass or wine in my hand but I’ll give it a red hot go!
Have you done CrossFit and loved it? Is this what’s is like or did I just have a bad first time experience?
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