For women who want to start lifting weights but don’t want to spend hours in a gym, a CrossFit gym isn’t going to do it for you.
The CrossFit world is populated by athletes who have done it, so there’s nothing new here.
But for women who need to get more fit, or who have been struggling with body image, there’s something to be said for CrossFit gyms that offer an environment that gives you a break from the stresses of training and competition.
For women like Ms. Lai, whose body was never really that strong, she found it hard to put on weight.
When she was in college, her boyfriend had a new girlfriend and they were both in the same fitness club.
He wanted to try CrossFit, but she didn’t know anyone who had ever tried it.
She thought that she might be able to lift more weight by working out at the gym, but the gym was too far away.
So she took a year off and started CrossFit at home.
“I didn’t want people to know that I’m not a good athlete,” Ms. Li said.
“So I didn’t tell people I was going to the gym.”
When she started CrossFitting in 2007, it was still relatively new.
There were a few gyms in New York City.
But by 2008, CrossFit had more than 200 gyms, and the gym culture in the United States had become so focused on body image that many gyms had adopted a similar fitness philosophy: They encouraged athletes to focus on lifting weights.
In other words, they discouraged training for a specific purpose, like building strength, or training for specific muscles, like core strength.
Ms. S. was the first to start CrossFit in the New York area.
Ms, S. and her boyfriend were in the gym about once a week, and she started lifting weights at the beginning of the year.
After about a month of training, she felt like she had more confidence in herself and started working out with her coach, who was a CrossFitter himself.
“He said, ‘If you want to get bigger, you need to lift weights,'” Ms. T. said.
She started training three times a week and had a hard time finding a gym that offered her a space to do that.
“The gym culture was really negative,” Ms.-S.
said, adding that CrossFit also offered a lot of competition, which she found “very demoralizing.”
For Ms. C., a former college wrestler who has had multiple injuries and a serious eating disorder, the CrossFit culture was so isolating that she started the program with her boyfriend.
“It was very difficult for me to fit into that culture, because I’m very athletic,” Ms-C.
said in an interview.
found that CrossFitness offered her an environment she could work in, but it also put her in competition with other CrossFitters.
She had a boyfriend at the time and had gotten into a lot more physical sports, but CrossFit made it difficult for her to do any of them because she was so focused and didn’t like to get too out of shape.
“They were trying to teach me to train like they did,” she said.
CrossFit’s culture can have a significant impact on women’s health, too.
A 2008 study by researchers at the University of Maryland found that a Crossfit gym in the District of Columbia had a significantly higher prevalence of eating disorders than any other Crossfit workout space in the country.
said she didn of started Crossfit with CrossFit to build strength.
“When I first started, I was worried that I wasn’t going do too well,” she recalled.
“But it was a good experience.
I had a lot to learn.”