Here’s a snap shot of life: go to college, get a good job, get married, have children and hopefully enjoy yourself along the way.
Who has time for a passionate hobby in between work projects, social obligations and changing diapers? Then at “middle” age we may be slightly over weight, unsatisfied with personal goals and wondering what might have been. This is where CrossFit is changing the mentality of men and women around the world.
Now weekend warriors, stay at home moms, and businessmen and women are setting personal records on fitness. Some pretty substantial personal records I might add, dead lift 300 pounds? Yea that’s pretty beast mode. I see you strutting into work after that PR, ‘sup dude? I see you, Mom-at-the-grocery-store-with-your-small-children-hanging-on-your-leg, oh you just learned butterfly pull ups? You’re pretty much the biggest MILF ever.
All jokes aside a personal record, or PR, is so much more than bragging rights at the gym. When you work on a skill long enough to improve you become a different person. You’re definitely more confident, more positive, stronger and smarter but most of all, uncannily satisfied. When is the last time you had that feeling? In this world there’s always an interruption challenging our time, focus and energy. And even at the gym, you may miss the time cap by one second or you come in last on a sprint. There is no doubt having goals can be frustrating. But the reward all the sweeter in this crazy life when you can walk, I mean strut, out of the gym knowing you forced your brain and body passed a hard limit. And all of this in the midst of a deadline at work, juggling schedules with your spouse and wrangling kids with one hand. It makes all the latter so much more enjoyable when you have a PR in your pocket… something you can reach for when life gets you down. But here comes the hardest part: one PR needs to lead to the next. So enjoy it for the moment, and keep the momentum. The feeling of achievement is addicting and that’s okay. It’s also contagious so while you’re celebrating your successes, you are also making sure your workout partners are achieving their goals too. That is what makes a true CrossFitter.
Do you write down your wod times and weights in a book and keep track of your progress? It’s not only about taking your fitness to the next level, but you owe it to yourself to see your achievement on paper. It’s a huge motivator to see you are able to lift 5 more pounds. Remember: What we measure improves.
– Get it in writing
– Express it in a positive way
– Tell someone
– Work, Work, Work!
Here’s a link from someone I admire greatly. If you don’t have a subscription to The CrossFit Journal, get one, it’s free.