Confessions Of A Weightlifter
By Coach Mac Dompor
CrossFit is fun. That may sound redundant coming from a coach at a CrossFit gym so let me elaborate. If you had asked me a few years ago what I had thought about CrossFit, I would have just laughed. I was a non-believer of its practices, coaches, and the system as a whole. It looked like another fitness gimmicky trend that would fall to the wayside after people got bored with it. I would watch clips of the Games and think to myself this is ridiculous. Nobody can or should be training that way. All the volume, form degradation due to fatigue, poor technique, blah, blah, blah. If I didn’t get it across yet, I was a huge hater. Fast forward a few years later and as an Olympic Weightlifting coach I owe CrossFit my career.
The reason I actually started weightlifting was because in 2013 for the first time I saw a video (ironically of CrossFit) of someone snatching. (By the way, CrossFit is 1000% the reason for the absurd surge in Weightlifting’s popularity.) I immediately thought that was badass; to throw weight over your head in one powerful motion was incredible to me. I became obsessed with learning everything about weightlifting. No surprise to anyone, the gym I was working out at at the time was not well equipped to accommodate weightlifting. I came to NECF as a way to further my weightlifting training. This is where I began to observe CrossFit up close especially when I started my internship. At first I would wonder why our members would repeatedly torture themselves repeatedly three to four times a week. As an intern I got volunteered to do a WoD a couple times and died a little on the inside every time. I probably did one every few months because I was still closed minded about the system altogether. It was only until recently where I started dabbling with gymnastics out of boredom did I spark my interest in trying out all the other facets of CrossFit. The endless variety of combinations of exercises hooked me in. That and also people would keep asking me every night if I was doing the WoD. Eventually I just took the dive. Who am I to say no? Instead of watching from the sidelines I’m now in the trenches with everyone else.
In addition to the fitness benefits, the community aspect is what really sold me on CrossFit. That has turned into the main driving force of my belief in it as a whole. Turning to your left or right during class and seeing people enduring the same discomfort as you, builds a strong bond that’s hard to replicate in another environment. It has allowed me to explore so many different movements, skills, and styles of coaching. I’ve met so many awesome people through this gym and it really makes it an honor and a pleasure to be a part of this particular cult community. I don’t know if I can call myself a CrossFitter just yet (Weightlifter for life, baby) but I’m pretty much neck deep in this stuff now. So tell your friends, tell your mom, tell your Uber driver; CrossFit is fun.
PS. If you’d like to join me I usually WoD during the Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 classes.