I joined CrossFit Ireland over 3.5 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. Previously my main sport was Judo, and I had developed a lot of injuries over the years that really affected my flexibility and ability to train for longer than a 2 month period without adding another injury.
I was apprehensive about joining CrossFit at first, since I felt I would need to do more flexibility work to even think about doing some of the movements, and also being a very competitive person I was afraid to be starting something from scratch where I’d be the “worst” in class. However when I met Colm in CrossFit Ireland, all of my fears were put to rest. The best way to get flexibility for a squat, is to practice squatting regularly (including stretching and foam rolling).
Also CrossFit Ireland has an incredibly friendly community spirit, where everyone supports each other regardless of what level you may be at, whether its 6 days or 6 years. It has a real team atmosphere, so any fears I had where I thought that I’d be the “worst” in class seem funny now when I look back. People support the effort of coming into class, learning new techniques, and working hard at your level and your own pace, whether than means you are lifting 20KG or 200KG.
Colm, Derek and Sam are fantastic coaches. They have a wealth of knowledge that are readily available at the drop of a hat. Their enthusiasm for fitness and for life is really tacit, and they can often brighten up a stressful day after work with (another) terrible joke. I have learned so much from all of them, whether its a new technique or how to pace a certain workout, or even to scale back and take it easier for a day or two until your body recovers.
CrossFit Ireland is one of the brightest parts of my day, you get to do what you love, with all of your friends and normally I’ve finished work for the day, which are all three big positives. I never thought I would progress as much as I have, and my only regret would be that I didn’t start sooner.