There has been a blog post floating around Facebook this week, and my CrossFit En Fuego coach posted it last night and even though I had already read it, I took a deeper look at it, and at myself.

Since starting CrossFit, I haven't been to any other box. When we went on vacation, I thought I might be able to visit a box in Asheville, but I didn't. I did some traveling WOD's instead and of course, lots of hiking.

Like the woman who writes the blog Fat CrossFitter, I am larger than your average gym rat. I have a lot of extra skin that makes me look bigger than I am. People might not even be able to look at me and know that I workout as much as I do, and that I eat a clean diet. Of course the people that I workout with on a daily basis and my real life friends and family know that I am strong, fit, and committed, but would a group of strangers be able to tell how hard I work??

I decided that I would conduct my own social experiment. Was I real crossfitter? Could I do a WOD at a different box??

I contacted another local box CrossFit14 through Facebook and asked if I could come and take a class on Wednesday. They said yes, of course, they 'd love to have me, and we left it at that. They had no idea who I was, what I've been through, and what I do on a daily basis.

It was a bit eerie dropping in on another box. The box owner (sorry, didn't get your name!) didn't look up at me as she passed me the paperwork and said "have you ever done CrossFit before?" and then she glanced up at me, and said "oh of course you have, I love your shirt."  Tongue Out Haha! I had worn my butterfly tee from Life as Rx. I guess if I do this experiment again I'll have to make sure to NOT wear CrossFit clothing.

I went to take a look at the white board and noticed that we'd be doing a Hero WOD: Wood.

Wood is named after Australian Army Sergeant Brett Wood, 32, of Ferntree Gully, Victoria. He was assigned to the 2nd Commando Regiment, based in Sydney, New South Wales, and he died on May 23, 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, after insurgents attacked him with an improvised explosive device. I'm not sure of the 400/10/10/10 but I'm sure that they mean something.

I decided that I would do the "fitness" option of this WOD, and instead of running, I would row. I really hate running. I had just done burpee box jumps yesterday, and on Saturday I did Sumo High Pulls at the Diablo Games, so I was feeling pretty confident.

We did our group warm-up and then set up our stations. We had to work in pairs with one person starting at a different point than the other so that there would be enough space for everyone. My friend Larisa works out at CF14, and she was also going to do the fitness WOD so we decided to work out together.

Hero WOD's are never easy and then to be out of my own environment, I was a bit freaked out. Could I do it? Would I finish? Would I make a total and complete ass of myself and fail miserably?  But I pushed all those thoughts out of my mind and instead heard the voices of all my En Fuego coaches in my head reminding me to pull my shoulders back, drop my butt down, get those knees out the way, and I did a few quick thrusters just to try out the weight. I didn't realize someone was watching me. As I set the bar down this man comes up to me (turns out he is a CF14 coach) and says "wow, your form is really great, where are you visiting us from?" I thanked him for the kind words and told him that I was local, just in for a visit.

So now I had 2 CF14 coaches recognize that I was a CrossFitter. One from my outfit, another from my form. My confidence was building. And 3, 2, 1, GO!

I started off on the rower. I was surprised that they didn't ask me to row further than 400m, but you know what...I did anyway. Wink I did a 500m row, because that's what Coach Pete would have had me do (or he might have told me to "suck it up" and run Tongue Out) And I wasn't about to sandbag it just because I wasn't at my normal box.

So I went for it. And when I put my name on the board I realized I had finished FIRST.

In retrospect, I could have gone heavier on the thrusters and sumo high pulls, but whatever. I didn't even know where they kept their weights at and I was working with a partner so I couldn't have added weight on the bar without messing up her WOD. But I kept moving, and moving fast. I did take the FULL one minute recovery (a 50 burpee penalty was threatened if anyone was caught not taking the rest break) between sets. My heart rate max hit 97% and I burned 514 calories.

I ran some errands, came home and had this message from CrossFit 14:

"Hi Jenny, thanks for dropping in at our box this morning, we appreciate you pushing through the Hero WOD with us. You did great and your form was excellent! You are welcome to come back anytime."

I still hadn't told them exactly who I was but I replied with this: "Thank you! I love Hero WODs!!  Thanks again for allowing me to visit. I'll be doing a blog post shortly and can forward you the post when I'm finished. I blog here: www.metamorfit.org."

Again, I still haven't told them that I workout.

They reply with this:
"WOW! Congratulations on your 212 lbs. weight loss, that's incredible! I had no idea you've lost that much weight, you move very well like a seasoned CrossFitter and kudos to your En Fuego Coaches because your form is excellent. Your story is very inspiring and I love that you are blogging about your journey because there are so many others out there who are struggling and probably terrified to try CrossFit. I'm sure you've inspired many people to take control of their health, fitness, and nutrition and congratulations on your success."


I woke up this morning wondering if was a REAL Crossfitter. Could I do a WOD outside my comfort zone??  Now I have NO doubt. I AM A CROSSFITTER!!

Thanks again to CrossFit 14 for allowing me to workout with you today, and many many many thanks to my amazing En Fuego coaches who have taught me so much!



Comments (18) -

  • That is Awesome!   I am new to Crossfit (4 wks) and I must say that you inspired me to give it a try.   I've maintained a 70 lb weightloss and also do not look as fit as I am and have surprised my coaches with what I can do.  

    This was a great experiment.    Thanks for sharing.  
  • That is so amazing, Jenny.  I have told you over and over again how impressed I am by your strength (physical and mental) and your courage to live strong like you do.  There was never a doubt in my mind.  xox
  • LOVE your experiment and I know several people that work out at CF14 - good peeps over there (two are coaches there).  Glad you can hold your head high and with confidence say "I AM A CROSSFITTER"!
  • I give you a lot of credit, crossfit is some serious business and takes a lot of strength both physical and mental as well as dedication.  Good for you!!
  • mel
    This is amazing! I give you so much credit! Awesome!
  • Thanks for sharing your journey and your commitment. Seeing that others can achieve is a great inspiration.
  • Way to go girl!  I've heard all about it, but honestly don't think I could do it.  Congrats on the hard work!
  • Wow, way to go! What a cool experiment. I've never tried Crossfit, it sounds like quite the workout!
  • I absolutely love this!!! Once my health gets under control I am doing this too! Great plan!!! So it's true... CrossFitters rock!
  • I loved reading this! What an interesting experiment. Way to rock a different box!
  • Thank you!! <3
  • Thanks Lydia!! Maybe I need to try out CrossFit Aero next and see if I can pass their WOD test?? LOL.
  • XOXO! Hope you are feeling better soon, friend!! I need to come down and do a WOD at Blackbeard with you when you are feeling better <3
  • It's amazing!! You should totally try it!
  • Such a confidence boost!!
  • The body achieves what the mind believes!!
  • Great post! I recently dropped in to Crossfit 5th Ave and Crossfit Amherst - my first visits outside Crossfit Gordon.  It pushed me out of my comfort zone, if you think of it thats what Crossfit is about.
  • You are so right, Alan! That's totally what CrossFit is all about Smile
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