Willow and Woods

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Leave your ego at the door

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Those that know me know, that for a number of years I was absolutely addicted to that notorious sport called Crossfit. I know, I know, lots of people have a bee in their bonnet about crossfit, but I don’t care, I friggin loved it!  I LOVED everything about it! I loved the feeling of getting stronger and faster, I loved the steady progress I made learning and perfecting the movements and olympic lifts traditionally used in Crossfit, I loved the friendly competition, the people, and most of all I loved the feeling I got after completing a workout that I thought was actually going to kill me!

Over time I did fall out of love with the sport a bit, but I believe that was mostly because, for me, life just got in the way.. I was unable to train 5+ times a week anymore, I was not taking the time to look after my body which resulted in various injuries that held me back, and I always felt like I was starting from scratch.

At Christmas time in 2016 I reevaluated my goals and decided I needed a break from the sport, and I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t miss it, because I absolutely did, however I also enjoyed having to time to dedicate to other sports and activities too.

By December 2017 I had had 12 months off from anything even remotely Crossfitty, I was beginning to wonder if I’d even be able to attempt to complete a Crossfit or similar style workout, was it too late? Was it just easier to not try? Was I getting to old?.. Then  just before Christmas, I was asked by a friend of mine to come to a free workout at The Colosseum, a local gym she was teaching at in Burswood – this gym also just happens to be located around the corner from my office (convenient), and I’m not one to turn down the opportunity to workout, so yes the answer was an absolute YES!

Obviously, I was pretty excited to try out this new gym, 1. For you guys and 2. The workout was a Crossfit style workout that would allow me to see where my ability was currently at after so much time off from the sport. Now, before I go any further, I will just clarify one thing. I am aware that to be properly considered “Crossfit” the facility/ gym / box whatever, the facility is required to be “affiliated” which basically means they pay money to some dude over in America to have the title of a “Crossfit Box”. I don’t really care too much bout the formalities regarding this, to me when I refer to Crossfit, I’m referring to a style of workout and thats really it (I doubt Greg Glassman is going to sue me for it). 

Anyway, now that that’s done, let’s get back to the important stuff – I was excited to try out this new gym and test me abilities. Walking in there I didn’t know what the workout was going to be, What I did know, was that I was going to have to really take a moment to chose the weight I was comfortable lifting, and if anything start nice and light. It was at this time I had the mantra running through my head “ leave your ego at the door, leave your ego at the door!!” This was for a couple of reasons, obviously I’d been out of the game for a whole year, and I was also nursing a bit of a shoulder injury so it was crucial that I was able to maintain technique throughout the entire workout (not that that isn’t important normally, but I didn’t want to aggravate the injury). The workout was 5 rounds of running (with a deadweight ball), shoulder to overhead lifts, weighted lunges and something called strongman throws? (I think)?? We were partnered in teams of two,  chose our weights, and off we went! I have to say this workout did kick my butt a bit, myself and my partner worked really well together as a team and systematically chipped away through each part of the workout, Side note – We did managed to finish first which was a surprise, but did make me a little happy (no I’m not competitive at all haha)… But if I’m really, honest the fast finish was probably down to the fact that I did have a comfortable weight of 27.5kg for my lifts, and my workout partner was pretty bloody strong, and very fast.. So basically it was mostly down to him (which I’m not too proud to admit).

Overall the experience at The Colosseum was awesome! The team are super friendly, encouraging and really welcoming to everyone. From what I could see (and what I’ve been told) the owners at the Colosseum have more of a holistic approach to fitness, offering a variety of classes like Pilates, Strength and Conditioning, Boxing and (my personal favourite), Gymnastics. Which is fantastic for those wanting to really hone in and perfect and develop different skills.

These guys have a real team environment within their facility and would love to have you come down and try a class or two- I think they even have a Friday afternoon BBQ after the last workout to kick off the weekend (how cool!)! They’re also conveniently located near the New Stadium and down the road from the New Blasta Brewery / Cafe too! So if you live or work in the vicinity (or you just want to try something new) I’d highly recommend checking this place out! I mean, what have you got to lose?

If you are interested in trying out the Colosseum there website is Here.

Until next time, love your life  xx