"You come to at peace with yourself and figure out how hard you can push yourself. In that last rep you're completely in the zone and when you drop it it's just a pretty euphoric feeling," said Brandon Long, crossfit athlete and trainer.
For most athletes, bearing through an excruciating workout is anything but peaceful. The physical demand and mental agony takes a toll on those who dare to put their body to the challenge. But for Long, the challenge of pushing the limits keeps him coming back for more. If you're not psyched about moving loads of weight in a short amount of time, Long says don't worry, Crossfit is for anyone.
"It just takes some dedication. You just have to get in your mind that you're going to do whatever it is that you're going to set your mind to do."
"It brings everything in your daily life together. Everything from lifting up couches, moving things around the house, you know you do here in the gym. And it's something I feel that you can do for the rest of your life," said Brad Moriarty, crossfit member.
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"It combines some movement of body, body movement, body weight motion, aerobics and moving weight explosively," said Virginia Wilcox, crossfit member.
The tough moments of sweating through the last final seconds of the workout bring the group together.
"I guess truth to that old saying that those people who suffer together grow closer so there's just bonding in suffering. And we know that we've all done it, we've all been there, and we’ve all struggled to get those last five burpees. We've all struggled to learn how to kip and get up over that bar so there's nothing that we're asking anyone on this team to do that we haven't done ourselves," said Wilcox.
Even the experienced crossfitters who know the ropes and train at a high level look to help others reach their fitness goals.
"I really have enjoyed working with other people. I find that I enjoy helping coach others through workouts either as a teammate or leading them through a workout, the new people who come in. I feel like one of my passions in life is helping people achieve their fitness goals and live a better life," said Long.
Anyone interested in finding out more about crossfit can check them out online at www.northmaconcrossfit.com