I don’t want to do the math, but, I’ve written countless blogs since becoming a CrossFit Affiliate. Believe me when I say I am no writer, but… the one thing I never have trouble coming up with are things to write about. I am going to choose today’s topic, but, here are a few that I want to share coming. Let me know what you’d like me to rant about in the near future:
Life balance and training
Today I want to discuss how important you are to each other. The concept of how without others doing what you do, there’s no way you’d be accomplishing what you are today. I’m going to take you on a trip in the way back machine. It was 2005, I was training at CrossFit North, CrossFit’s first affiliate. At the time I was there, they had actually been operating a few years already, so it wasn’t their first rodeo. They had this club called the sub 10 club. And if you completed certain benchmarks in under 10 minutes, you’d get a free T-shirt. It was super cool. At the time, to complete Helen for example, in under 10 minutes was no easy feet. So, aiming your sights to finish under that time got you in the club. Why 10 minutes? Well, at that time, it was hard to do. Is it easier now? The short answer is yes. And here’s why.
If you have never measured CrossFit before, and someone has you do Helen. You basically feel like you are going to die. So, for arguments sake, you finish in 12 minutes. So, 3 months later, 2 attempts later, you finish in just under 10 minutes. You’d be on cloud nine. Pushed even harder, probably still felt like you were going to die post WOD, but were ecstatic that you improved by 2 minutes. You probably say to yourself, I bet there isn’t that many people out there that could do Helen sub 10. But low and behold you go back home, and all friends have been doing CrossFit. And, little did you know, they all do Helen, and…. they all have better times. Some in under 8 minutes. Now, you know not all of them are fitter than you. So, next time you do Helen, just a week after you broke the 10 minute mark, you bust out a time in under 8 minutes.
If you don’t think this scenario is plausible you are dead wrong. The power of belief can take you places you never thought possible. And, in this case, the fact that you know that Helen can be done by people you know in faster times than you’ve accomplished. Our minds always stop us before our bodies fail us. Yes, that time you thought you gave it all. Well, apart for maybe once or twice…. you actually had more. You just couldn’t access it.That belief will take your mind places your body originally didn’t want you to do. But it can, and it will. You just need to right circumstances, the right motivation.
Am I a competitive “Crossfitter”? The answer is not really. I am not sad, or have a sense of failure when someone does something better than me. (If I did, I’d be a pretty sad guy.) But, I do feel good when I do things well, and it fuels my fire to try and be on top. So, this is why it’s super important we measure what we do. So, there’s a relative measuring stick to the people I know. And, whenever possible, to train with those people that inspire me to do my best. And now, because we measure everything through the app, whether I train with you or not…. You help me believe that I can do more than I would if I were at this alone.
Let’s be honest, we only improve because we try hard. Not because we are first. And, trying hard, and I mean really pushing, is only enriched by those around you. Sometimes that means those you do a workout with, or, it can expand to everyone who did that workout in the gym that day, or even to those who do CrossFit worldwide. I can’t go as far to explain the psychology behind this all. But, believe me, we all need each other to push the fitness boundaries. After updating the leaderboard last night, collectively you all are believing more than those that came before you. And that’s amazing. I see so many records falling this summer if all of you keep pushing each other. Keep making each other believe.
So keep it rolling, the best is yet to come!