I Am a CrossFitter

By Erin Okonek

In CrossFit

February 15, 2012

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Elite weightlifter Erin Okonek explains how she’s fitter and happier now that she’s doing CrossFit.

What is CrossFit and why is it better than other workout programs?

By definition, CrossFit workouts are constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. More simply stated, “It is hard as fuck!”

Yet these attributes do not sufficiently capture the true meaning of CrossFit and inadequately define CrossFit vs. the copious other workout programs people are bombarded with on a daily basis.

Overall, CrossFit is not a workout program; it is a lifestyle. I would personally go even further to state that it is my religion and therapy. Granted, for some of us CrossFit addicts, it’s about “chasing the rabbit,” competing and becoming a firebreather. But most importantly, CrossFit, unlike other workout programs, makes us better overall people by creating strong, confident and dedicated individuals.



7 Comments on “I Am a CrossFitter”


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I had the privilege of being a trainee of Erin's at CrossFit Sine Pari for the Olympic Weightlifting Certification. This article captures her spirit and enthusiasm perfectly. Thanks, Erin!


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Awesome article. I kept thinking, "yes! what she said!!" Thanks for another gem!


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I was lucky enough to have Erin as the head coach at the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Seminar that I attended. She is extremely knowledgeable, approachable, engaging, friendly, and a super coach.

I really enjoy hearing stories like this. I think we all have had extremely similar experiences and that is part of what makes the bond between all CF'ers so real.

Thanks for all you do for the CF Community, Erin!


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Awesome article Erin! CF to a "T":)


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Great article Erin, you got right to the heart of the matter of CROSSFIT, looking foward to hearing more from you!!!!


Adam Neiffer wrote …

Right on Erin! I think CrossFit is "so stinking fun" because you and so many other really cool people make it that way! And seriously, how do you have a huge grin on your face during the most unpleasant parts of a workout? You're definitely a person I look up to as athlete, coach, and person all the way around. Thanks for the article!


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