flatcoated retriever with a kettle bell

Thank you CrossFit – I’m addicted

flatcoated retriever with a kettle bell

I don’t exactly recall when I first heard about CrossFit. Probably sometime around 2009 when Mikko Salo won the second ever CrossFit Games. I got more exposure to it off and on – mostly off. In early 2013 I saw this video of bodyweight exercises and slowly started looking more and more into CrossFit. Alas, at the time there weren’t any boxes near us, but I remember trying some WODs of my own. Fran – even heavily scaled and tamed – killed me but hooked me at the same time. With motivation like in the below video I had a goal…

Luckily at the same time I found out that a gym in Joensuu was building a box and would begin offering CrossFit. They started their first on-ramp in August, and I decided to enroll in October as soon as we’d be back home from a three week road trip in the US. Of course,  you know what they say about the best laid plans… 11 000 km of driving in three weeks caused both golf and tennis elbows in my left arm. So CrossFit and pretty much all other strength training was out of the question while I tried to settle down the inflammations.

In January I was finally able to enter an on-ramp and join the world of CrossFit athletes. Even though the first hour left me gasping and in pain until the next class, I knew this was my sport. Now, two months after my on-ramp ended and three months into my career as a CrossFit athlete, I know that I am hooked and addicted.

And yes, in the coming weeks I will be reporting on goals and progress so far…

BTW, pictured above is Luka with Anna’s kettle bell – even our dogs need their strength training :)