When you take risks and succeed, you build confidence. All too often, as girls start to get older, their confidence abandons them. The thought of taking a risk and failing is quite scary, so they would rather stay still and quiet. With no risks being taken, no confidence is being built. From ages 12-20 instead of trying, failing, and learning – girls are instead just living life by the book with feelings of self-doubt and apprehension.
It’s important to encourage girls to start taking risks and to learn from failure instead of being afraid of it. Failures followed by a push to keep going will build mental strength. In CrossFit boxes throughout the world, not only are people getting stronger physically, but also mentally. You can’t succeed in the gym if you aren’t willing to try new things, accept failure, and learn from it.
Which is why a CrossFit box is the perfect place for a young girl to go and discover her confidence. It is in the gym where she will realize failing is okay, and taking risks is scary – but necessary. She will be encouraged to be as strong and competitive as she wants. She will be pushed just as hard as the boys, and surrounded by a community of people who will support her when she tries something new.
At her local CrossFit gym, she will find a female role model who will teach her authenticity, to like herself for who she is, and appreciate her body for all it can do. She will learn that great things come from failure and perseverance, and that pushing through the hardest of challenges instead of giving up will always pay off.
With every new challenge she approaches, and every risk she takes, confidence will be built. These opportunities of hardships and overcoming challenges will be presented to her at the box quite often, if not daily.
She will walk in to her first day of CrossFit as a young girl, trying to follow social norms, trying to be accepted by everyone. Give her a few weeks, and watch her walk out of the box after a tough workout as a young girl who is unstoppable, not afraid, and proud of who she is. Who knows that she is strong, and can face any challenge she is presented with, constantly taking risks and creating new goals. Most importantly, she will be a role model for the next young and hesitant girl who walks into the gym looking to find her confidence.
This is Ally’s story.
August 10th 2017, I remember my very first workout at CBX CrossFit. It consisted of only wall balls (my favorite!) and as soon as it started I had the biggest smile on my face, and at that moment, I knew for a fact that I had found my place and I never want to leave. Since then, I’ve been going 4-6 times a week, purely because I LOVE the workouts, how it makes me feel, the people, the atmosphere and so much more. All aspects of my health have improved, and completing everyday tasks has become so much easier.
For months I would scroll through my socials and see all the posts made by the CBX CrossFit page. I would always think I need to be there, but it was hard for me as id never been to a gym and I only knew a couple of the members and thought id become easily intimidated or ‘not be good enough’. However, these thoughts that I had for months have never once crossed my mind again, and I strongly encourage anyone who has considered coming, to do yourself a favor!
Quickly, this gym gave me lifelong friendships and a family that I hold very close to me. The support network we have is so amazing. They’re there when you’re struggling, succeeding, confused or nervous. They’re just as happy for you when you have finally achieved a PB, and equally as frustrated when you don’t make the next.
Although exercise has always come easy to me and is something I enjoy, CrossFit movements were completely foreign to me. The first time I ever did overhead squats I could barely put 5kgs above my head, and this was really hard for me. A year on, I now hold a PB for this of 45kg, which is something I thought I would never, ever be able to do! Along with so many other PBs and new skills learnt, I have achieved so much through a lot of hard work, from not only my own efforts but from my coaches. Their guidance, professionalism, support, and knowledge they hold is something that is very hard to find elsewhere, and everyone at CBX would agree with me.
Before I started CrossFit I never truly understood the hype surrounding it. Now, as its something I do nearly everyday, I understand how and why people love it. Each morning I wake up so excited for my next class. The night before I’ll be thinking about what weight I’m going to use, what I’ll wear or how I’ll tackle the workout. That’s how addictive it is! I love the moments when the clock is counting down to start and you’re equally as nervous and excited for the workout, or when you’re lying on the ground with everyone else after the workout, dripping with sweat and there is nothing left in your tank.
Throughout high school, I saw so many girls obsess over the way their body looks, rather then how they feel and what their body can do. Just like most other teenage girls, I went through many stages of hating my body and the way it looked. CrossFit has taught me to love my body and be proud of everything that it allows me to do. For this reason, I want and hope that all teenage girls seriously consider trying CrossFit, as having positive mental health and body image at this age is something so important. Instead of worrying about the weight on the scale or how a top makes your body look, you’ll be focusing on what weight you put on the barbell, stringing a few double unders together, or getting your toes to the bar.
CrossFit is just as much for girls as it is for guys. Many girls think that CrossFit will make you ‘bulky’ or “you’ll look like a man if you lift heavy weights”. I feel as though this factor prevents many girls from trying CrossFit, especially those my age. However I can reassure you with all honesty, that it’ll make you strong, confident, healthy, happy and much more. I see some of the CrossFit athletes and the strong women around me and I admire their physique as it shows the amount of hard work and training they’ve had to do to get to where they are. I see all of the hours spent training, all the ripped hands, chalk, the sweat, the tears and for this I admire their strength, hard work, commitment and passion. In saying this, CrossFit has always been, and always will be, about the way it makes me feel and what it allows me to do.
Everyday I think about how lucky I am to have been able to find a place that has given and helped me so much. I would do anything to go back a year ago and tell myself to stop wasting time and stop ‘thinking of going’ and just go. I would tell myself to not be afraid to lift heavy weights and to not worry about not being able to do something. I’d tell myself that the next year of your life here will be the most fun, challenging, enjoyable process ever, and for this; I am beyond excited for many more years here.
When Ally first started CrossFit.
Ally is stronger mentally and physically, healthier inside and out, more confident, happier, capable and sure of herself. All because of CrossFit.
Like Ally, if you’ve been thinking about trying CrossFit for some time; now is your chance. Click here for your FREE trial and start today. We know it will change your life.