I have been doing CrossFit for about 7 years. I can say that nothing has motivated me more to be better. The workouts not only make you stronger, but they also teach you A LOT about yourself. If you can reflect on every workout, there are things you can learn that help you in your day-to-day, as well as in your next workout! Hard work in the gym=hard work in your career, hard play when you play, and hard relaxation when it is time to relax. But it is not just the workouts that push you to self-improvement; it is the people as well. The people are all of the same mindset. We are always working on doing what we did the day before a little better. And that self-improvement is not just an anomaly – EVERY person in the community is doing this! The more consistent each person is, the faster they see those results, both in and out of the gym.
CrossFit betters you through anxiety.
I was talking with a member just the other day. We were about to perform 18.2 and 18.2a from the 2018 CrossFit Open. She was saying she has had anxiety about the workout all day. I think this is a fantastic result of CrossFit: Anxiety! Why? Because we live in a society where anxiety is CRIPPLING, literally. Every day in the gym offers a new combination of movements, a new challenge to overcome. But when we face anxiety about our workouts day in and day out, and we overcome it, we are afforded the opportunity to feel success OVER anxiety. We win. And when you win every day, you’re a winner! And when you are a winner, life is good.
CrossFit betters you through mindset.
They say “you are the average of your 5 closest friends.” The 5 people you spend the most time around in your day-to-day influence your decisions and mindset the most. What if you surround yourself with 10-30 CrossFitters? When you are surrounded by 10-30 people who are all driven to be better versions of themselves through CrossFit, you are going to be better. The community in most CrossFit gyms is organized for people to actually interact and get to know each other. Your everyday Globo-gyms are full of zombies with cold ears (mindlessly going through the motions with headphones on).
This is a bit of an exaggeration as there are always exceptions! But when you go to CrossFit, the coach is encouraging better form on every rep, better transitions from movement to movement, better times, reps, and weight than weeks prior. The people are all focused on better. It becomes an obsession. You start seeing members give other members tips that help them. You start seeing people truly care how the other is doing. Conversations change from movements to lives. Before you know it, people are taking every movement they do in their job, and they are feeling, they are becoming aware, they are living in the moment, and they are BETTER!
CrossFit betters you through accountability.
CrossFit helps teach accountability. I was watching one of those guys that get paid absurd amounts of money to play video games, and one of his subscribers asked “How can I get better in ‘top ten’ situations? I am a good player and can always get to the top ten, but I can never get past that.” The gamer’s reaction was actually quite insightful. He said think critically about the plays you made. A lot of people blame the game, or another person, or their internet or their controller (the sun was in my eyes).
Sounds familiar, right? We do this all the time and the fix is really quite simple. Reflect on what just happened and think about what YOU could have done different to have a better result. Ultimately, you should only spend your energy on what you can control. You can only control YOU. CrossFit isn’t a team sport (for the most part). You cannot blame the barbell for magically becoming heavier than the last week, or complain that you were cheated a chance score a higher rep count by another athlete. Instead, CrossFit holds you accountable for what your body can, and cannot, do. If you cannot lift the weight, if you cannot pull yourself up, and if you cannot jump to the required height, you have no one to blame but yourself.
This may sound aggressive, but really think about it, all the information is out there, you have to take matters into your own hand. Educate yourself or seek education, ask questions. Any limitations that you may have in the gym cannot be blamed on others. But rather, you alone are in control of your performance, and you alone are held accountable for your performance. If you cannot do a pull-up, how hard are you trying? Have you spent extra time in the gym? Pull-ups come up frequently in CrossFit, but there are also 100 other movements. YOU have to take the time to improve a weakness.
I have been doing CrossFit for about 7 years now. And I can say I have gotten better every year at CrossFit and in my day-to-day life. I am consistent with my diet, I am driven in my work, I am happy and feel as though I have been mostly happy as long as I am doing CrossFit. I love being better.