Written by Lisa Lauve
This Used to be My Playground
Why do women CrossFit? What is it about CrossFit that has women, who have never lifted anything other than their living room furniture in order to rearrange it before their husband gets home, want to become a hard-core CrossFit junkie?
Does it go back to our childhood? It’s recess and the really athletic girls play with the boys. Kickball, foursquare, or whatever the pleasure of the times, we were in. After school in the fall it was neighborhood full tackle football in the yard down the street. I saw that yard recently and it seemed so much longer then.
The playgrounds of my childhood were replaced by the wicked realities of growing up. To discover CrossFit for me was a return to my playground. Monkey bars, playing hard with the boys, and pushing myself as if there are no limits, has filled a place in my life that I wasn’t aware was missing.
Our CrossFit community is just like the one we shared the recess playground with. The bell rings and it’s 3-2-1-Go. It’s 20 minutes of max effort.
I’m sure there are many reasons women… and men CrossFit, but for me… This used to be my playground.