It sounds so corny. It sounds like I am just repeating the same old "motivating" lines that Pinterest gargles out. But there is something in it. Your fitness journey should be about YOU. No-one else.
CrossFit is about training as a group and in a team environment. Some individuals enjoy CrossFit so much they follow a personalised programme to compete. But this isn't everyone. The majority of us do a CrossFit class for general health and fitness and a class makes it fun. We might include some extra curricular in there to practise the more complex movements but this is to make the classes feel easier and enable us to complete it (damn double unders!!)
We want to look better in our birthday suits. We want to be able to keep up with our kids. Go up a flight of stairs and not feel out of breath and just generally feel our best, look our best and sleep our best (yep, exercising helps with that too!).
So, when it comes to a class and the score goes up on the board, why do we have such fear of other people seeing what we got? Why do we have that fear of our name being "last?"
If the majority of us all have a very similar goal, and we enjoy the classes, we enjoy the group of people we are training with and we enjoy how we are being coached. Why do we see it as a competition?
The amount of members or friends that say to me "urgh, I don't want to be that one that comes last". I have news for you. I hate to blow your bubble. There is no first or last. Some can move a bit quicker. Some can lift a bit heavier. But at the end of that class, there are no rewards, medals, cash prizes or certificates. Its a clap or a fist pump at best. The competition in the class should be with yourself.
It is the same mentality of someone saying that they want to lose weight first before coming to the gym, or get a bit fitter before joining a gym/CrossFit.
We are all a team. If I fail a lift or I'm the last one on the Wallballs, I (hope) people wouldn't be there to point and laugh. We, as a team, clap that person through to the very end. We pat that person on the back and tell them well done. We tell that person they will have that lift next time. CrossFit is about community and supporting each other. I have seen plenty of that within our box and many other boxes. So the same should stand with classes. You do your best, record what time you got and keep recording your sessions so that you can see your improvement and gains. In 6 months time there might be a WOD that you absolutely kill that you could never have even completed a year ago. The real competition is with yourself and being able to push yourself HARD. To improve. To be the best version of you.
Forget what everyone else is getting and what lifts they are doing. The only person you should be caring about when you are exercising is yourself.
Write your name and your time up on that WOD board with pride. Because I can bet my bottom dollar 4 months ago you would have never gotten such an awesome score. Keep going and keep improving yourself.
If you have never tried CrossFit and want to give it a go but are too worried about how hard it is or how unfit you are, just go for it and book your free trial session. You might surprise yourself!
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