Love with the place – Harsheel Ghotra

Harsheel Ghotra 

Having heard about Crossfit from friends and on seeing intimidating videos online, I joined Crossfit Himalaya with a predominant thought that I will leave it after three months.   I enrolled, took the crazy decision to travel for an hour, just to reach the place and travel back again. This travel is always followed after seven to nine hours of intense postgraduate classes. As I leave from college – tired, exhausted and try to find a seat in the overcrowded metro – annoyed, irritated, angry, while trying to read – study and make notes at the same time; I should be honest, the thought of leaving Crossfit occurs time and again. Why travel so much just for an hour of work out? Why go through all this chaos, when I could be sitting in the lawn with my friends and relaxing after a long day, when I could be going out and eating yummy food or go shopping like the rest of my friends or study peacefully. All rational arguments, but they fail as I know that it is this one hour where I live and not think about living.

My reason for joining Crossfit was my genetic disposition to PCOD (Polycystic Ovaries) and I must say it is one bitch of a disease, messing up the metabolic as well as the hormonal system. I have gained 7 kg in less than two months despite swimming 80 – 100 lengths 5 days a week. I usually think a lot before making a decision, but for this, I simply called without a second thought, spoke to a friendly person at the other end and showed up for a trial class the next day. After the class, I had mind numbing cramps in 13 different regions of my body; I still remember this because it was way too painful. But with time, pain faded away and with time one slowly begins to see what Crossfit really is about and with time you’ll find it extremely difficult to make up reasons for not going. It is not about the shape of your body, it is not about what is popularly considered beautiful, it is not about dieting or counting calories and it is definitely not about giving up. It is not about what your body looks like, but how it feels. Not about posing in front of the mirror but about what your body can do. It is about challenging yourself, testing your potential, finishing a workout that makes you feel you are not cut out for this, working on your weaknesses rather than hiding them. Once you join and if you can somehow stay long enough to get the rhythm of the workouts, you’ll end up discovering more and more reasons to stay.

I personally am in love with the place, with the people who come from different walks of life but are somehow sharing with each other a common motive in life. All age groups, enough variety of people working out together, struggling, in pain, tired, sweating just like you and despite that, as they try to catch their breath in the middle of a workout and say, ‘come on, keep going’; such moments are the best part of my day. And of course, there are the four coaches. I have had a fair set of coaches before, those concerned only about money and not the beauty of the sport, those that are hypocritical in their approach. But these four are without a doubt the best, each with their distinct way of making you challenge yourself, each with their enigmatic persona that is shown every time you see them workout – the focus that they have, the drive, the raw passion, the hard work…truly inspiring… they are simply amazing! Yes, they are hard task masters who will make you push yourself, screaming your name as you try to give up, making killer workouts every day but they also care, counting reps for you when you are too tired to do so yourself, clapping for you every time you have finished a crazy workout, cheering you as you fall flat on the mat and most significantly knowing each person’s strength and weaknesses, guiding you every step of the way, laughing with you, talking to you not only about workout but about your life as well, encouraging you.

Crossfit Himalaya is a community that is not dogmatic in its approach; it dares to think for itself and question what is largely followed and accepted. In the mechanistic times that we survive in, becoming more and more distant from our own bodies, ask your selves this one question, is there a point in your day when you live and not think about living? If you have no clue as to what I am talking about, join the BOX – get fit, become motivated and stay inspired.

Harsheel Ghotra

Harsheel Ghotra