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Demystifying CrossFit

By Sarah Fortin Burroughes

Demystifying CrossFit

I often get asked by friends, family and surprisingly a lot of strangers why I enjoy CrossFit as much as I do. And just as often as you check your Facebook or Instagram feed they also politely cue in (but sometimes not so politely) its “Cult” like attitude. My answer is simple, if you think of the word “cult”, it is a simple derivative of the word “culture” which holds an immense amount of value in our day to day lives. We embrace the cult-ure of endless selfies posted by Kendall Jenner on our social media networks or here in Montreal that of the Montreal Canadians (which both have its pro&cons) yet I repeatedly get negative critics of CrossFit.
Besides the positive physical improvements I have earned throughout my fitness journey, the most important that resonates across my thoughts of demystifying CrossFit for our avid Mansfield readers is the sense of Community my beloved ‘cult’ brings to me. 
My ‘Cult’ allows me to travel and “drop-in” to different CrossFit Boxes (term used to describe CrossFit Gyms) where I am greeted, cheered and high-fived as though I have been a member for years. My ‘Cult’ embraces goal setting (both big & small) catering itself to individuals of all types therefor holding no bias, discrimination or judgement against any type of ‘athlete’. My ‘Cult’ has allowed me to develop new sets of skills that I never thought possible including and is not limited to Olympic weightlifting, 12 Strict Pull-ups *arms fully ended at bottom ending with chin over bar* and learning to walk on my hands! My ‘Cult’ has brought into my life new relationships whom I cherish both in & out of the Box (they are also a great network as I know I always can find a buddy to train with but more importantly move really, really heavy objects). Lastly, my ‘Cult’ is my job, my passion and even though it kicks my butt every day I am proud of what it stands for, the values it represents, what it offers and how much you will learn! My ‘Cult’ is not for everyone, just like Zumba, Swimming or Cycling is not for everyone… but I challenge you to give it a go, I know you’ll leave with a smile, a sense of accomplishment and the next morning you’ll think of me when you discover all those new hidden muscles you didn’t know existed!
Lastly, I love my Cult as I feel and look great! I am stronger, faster and more agile than ever before. Still skeptic? Check out the 2016 CrossFit Games happening July 19-24 (you can stream it on youtube or Crossfit.com). We have three Male competitors representing Canada East this year: Albert-Dominic Larouche (Montreal), Patrick Vellner (Montreal) & Alex Vigneault (Quebec) as well as two Female competitors also representing our region, Michelle Letendre (Montreal) & Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault (Quebec)
 
Whether you find your love for fitness in CrossFit or any other sport, the important thing is to stay active and love every second of it. Have a happy, safe and SPF covered summer!
Sarah Fortin Burroughes
CrossFit Coach, Personal Trainer & Nutrition Lifestyle Coach
(PICP lvl 1, Biosignature lvl 1, CrossFit lvl 1, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Strongman, PNCE Oly lvl 1)