August 09, 2012
Chris Borbas thought he had health and fitness all figured out—until he discovered CrossFit.
My name is Chris Borbas. I’m 27 years old and I live in Brisbane, Australia. Like many others, I actually started my CrossFit journey at my local Globo Gym. One day, my brother told me about this site where they posted random exercise routines, called “WODs,” and you just do what it says for that particular day. How hard could that be?
I had a quick look and decided I was qualified to make up my own CrossFit workout. Deadlifts (80 kilograms, or 176 lb.) and box jumps (24 inches) sounded good. Three sets of 10 reps because that was the magic formula for any successful routine. I remember taking about 10 minutes to complete it, with my mandatory rests and rehydration trips to the water cooler.
“That wasn’t so hard. What’s all the fuss about?” I thought afterward.
About three months later, I decided to go to an actual CrossFit box and show off my skills and athletic prowess. Needless to say, it was a very humbling experience that cut me right down to where I needed to be. Not only did I post a less-than-average result, but I also scored the lowest number of reps in the room. Both the “fat guy” and the “old guy” beat me. I couldn’t believe it!