The Cost of CrossFit
What is the true cost of CrossFit? Is it the monthly membership fee? Is it the risk we take of pushing ourselves to the limit and doing movements that could cause injury? The time it takes to drive to the gym and workout when we could be spending that time with our family and friends? These are all significant factors when considering the cost to doing CrossFit. Personally, I have struggled with each of these factors on my 5 year CrossFit journey.
The monthly membership fee. A typical CrossFit membership costs more than most globo gym membership fees. This is a fact, and as a recent college grad and a Division One collegiate athlete who got a scholarship to compete at Georgia Tech, paying premium to work out was not was I was looking for. Why?
1. I was over being a competitive athlete. The level of training and commitment to practice and nutrition was not what I wanted anymore. 12 years of 9 practices a week had me resenting swimming. ( sport a loved for the first 10 years) I wanted to do what I wanted, when I wanted.
2. I had the discipline to go to a globo gym and workout on my own. I had the regimens that I followed in the weight room from school and I could make adjustments and changes on my own.
3. Why pay $100+/month when I could pay $30/month and do the same workouts? The workouts are all online, and most of them could be done with equipment found at my globo gym.
I spent the first 5 months out of school working out on my own. My boyfriend, who had graduated college a year ahead of me, spent all his time at his CrossFit gym and had even invited me for a free trial. I remember the workout because when I read it on the board, I thought, “that’s it?”
3 Rounds for Time:
400 Meter Run
21 Kettlebell Swings
12 Pull Ups
As a swimmer, pull ups were my jam, so with a little scaling on the Kettlebell Swings and the competitive nature of a former athlete, I beat out the boyfriend by 2 seconds on the workout. I remember gasping for air on the floor wondering how a 12 minute workout could feel so terrible.
Okay, so I got a great workout in 12 minutes. What if I take that workout, and do it at my globo gym? They have all the equipment and I still wasn’t sold on the cost of the CrossFit membership. I continued to work out on my own after the trial, but started incorporating workouts from the CrossFit gym into my regimen. I couldn’t quite replicate the intensity I gave on the first trial workout but just figured it was because I was not expecting it the first time and I was more prepared when I was on my own.
Meanwhile, my boyfriend (now husband and co-owner of Caffeinated CrossFit) kept inviting me to events at his CrossFit gym. Cookouts, friendly competitions, game nights, and I reluctantly got drawn into the community. It wasn’t until 3 months after my free trial that I decided to give it a month and see if I enjoyed CrossFit enough to override my hesitations over the cost. I went in with the pep talk “Just try it for one month, then you can say you tried and it wasn’t for you.”
During the first week, people who had seen me from the cookouts would go out of their way to talk to me and welcome me to the gym. After the second week, we would complain about the workout of the day together and laugh about how painful they were afterwards. I was working out harder than I had since graduating swimming and I was loving it. I couldn’t wait to go to the gym after work. I had workout buddies pushing me every day I came in, and missing me when I didn’t. I was seeing results in my body, my energy, me mood, my improved metabolic conditioning and personal records in lifts.
Needless to say, after the first month, I didn’t stop CrossFit and didn’t even consider that the “cost” of CrossFit, outweighed the value it brought into my life. Looking better, feeling better, and having fun with friends while doing it aren’t always guaranteed results, but why not: “Just try it for one month, then you can say you tried and it wasn’t for you.”
We all have our own individual goals in CrossFit, but working together towards the common goal of fitness helps all of us get closer to our goals.