When I asked Fierce Forward Ambassador, Laurianne Faugstad, to share her fairly new CrossFit experience with us, she requested to write it up after her first competition, which was this past weekend. She wanted to go through the hard-knock of an actual competition, which is notorious for Cross-fitters, to show their stuff they’ve been working day in and day out on for months. I watch the Reebok Crossfit games religiously and there is just something about the fortitude and will to keep on that these people demonstrate, that keeps me white knuckled to the chair; I want all of them to win. I want to be one of those superhero women and often feel like one after I step off the stairmill. With my shoulder issues, I’ve always felt uneasy about trying CrossFit as it seems so much of your entire joints and body are used I would not want to further injur my shoulder. Laurianne just might address that in a followup CrossFit talk but let’s first hear what CrossFit has done for her and how it’s impacting women.
“I was beyond thrilled when I was asked to guest blog for Fierce Forward about my experience with CrossFit. So many points of conversation came to mind, but one in particular really stood out to me as a female athlete, and that is how CrossFit empowers women.
Ask the average person what images come to mind when you say “CrossFit” and no doubt a shirtless man sporting a 6 pack flinging massive amounts of weight over his head will be one of them. Accurate as that may be, this image is changing to include faces like Andrea Ager, Annie Thorisdottir and the reigning “Fittest Woman Alive” Camille LeBlanc-bazinet. (Ashley chiming in here: I follow Andrea Ager aka Agerbomb and she inspires me through her mental and physical power. Start following these crossfit women they will inspire you to MOVE)
As women we are taught both openly and subliminally to protect and preserve our “femininity.” Everything from makeup ads to diaper commercials tell us that we are valued for being beautiful, soft spoken and nurturing. It has only been in recent years that the Strong is the New Skinny campaign has quietly grasped the attention of women around the world. I feel this is due in part to the rising number of women participating in CrossFit.
Walk into any Globo Gym and you will see a weight area dominated by men while the majority of women are lined up against the walls floating on ellipticals or trudging on treadmills, ever fearful of touching the weights because they don’t want to get “bulky.”
Set foot in a CrossFit box and you’re likely to see women working heavy bars, side by side with the men as their coaches circulate offering pointers, encouragement and motivation where needed. There are no mirrors in the box because aesthetics are simply a by-product of hard work and a clean lifestyle. This shift in focus from looks to performance has an incredibly uplifting effect of the self esteem of not only the women of the sport but the men, teens and children as well. It is important for people to understand the importance of strength and health over aesthetics. Those who don’t, won’t benefit from the fact crossfit helps you to avoid all kinds of ailments, for example spine issues are much less prevalent in those who prioritise these things correctly. For more information on all the ways in which crossfit impacts your overall wellbeing, click here.
Suddenly our value is not found in our beauty and gentility but our strength and ferocity. We strive for progress, not perfection. CrossFit is a place where the individual or team finishing last gets the most cheers, as I witnessed firsthand at my very first competition yesterday. CrossFit boxes are communities where egos are left at the door, and support is abundant.
The community at CrossFit Credence came together last Saturday to honor our late Coach and friend, Troy Sahr, with a competition in his memory. As my partner and I took our place on the podium I truly felt like I had found a home in this sport. Looking out at the smiling faces, listening to the cheers and applause I was so humbled and grateful for the acceptance and encouragement we had found, as well as the new friends we’d made on this journey.
Laurianne at her CrossFit competition
But the truly amazing thing? My experience is not unique! Women all around the world are walking into CrossFit boxes and finding their fitness home. A place where we are valued for our strength, determination and perseverance. A sport where all shapes, sizes and abilities are welcome, dreams become realities and lifelong friendships are forged through sweat, laughter and the occasional tear.
I am so thankful that I took the chance and followed my heart to a sport that has brought so much positivity to my life. My journey with CrossFit has only just begun, but I can say with confidence that I wake up each day excited to see where it will take me.” ~Laurianne Faugstad, Fierce Forward Ambassador
Laurianne loves these fitness items to keep her going strong and motivated on her forward path:
- Junk Brand Headband in Galactic Garden Catz $16 “I love Junk Headbands, so many patterns and they stay put and look nice too”
- Nike Free 5.0 Tri Fit Training Shoe in Black/Ivory/Bolt $110 “I hear so many great things about these training shoes”
- Nike Legend 2.0 Poly Leggings in Black $68 “I have these and they’re really nice, super comfortable and breathable”
Follow Laurianne at No Quit in Her
Laurianne’s favorite CrossFit Workout: Fight Gone Bad! Get the workout here
Five killer Crossfit Workouts
Have you tried Crossfit and had a similar experience to Laurianne? I’d love to hear from you!