Many of you who have heard of CrossFit probably first saw a video of an athlete doing something 'impossible' or amazing. One of the most important aspects of your journey towards elite fitness is understanding that it isn't a several week goal or a several month goal. Your fitness should be a several year or even better a several decade goal! Does this perspective mean that you cannot enjoy your progress in the short term? Absolutely not. You will see changes and make improvements in a short period of time that will amaze you! But, the reason I tell you to consider your fitness a long-time journey is to ensure that you don't fall into the common trap of letting your ego derail your training.
Yesterday, I did the CrossFit workout "Eva": 5 rounds - 800m run, 30 kettlebell swings at 32kg, 30 pullups. Considered one of the more difficult CrossFit workouts, even finishing is considered a badge of honor. After three rounds, I felt like the workout was becoming unproductive for me. I was just plodding through, not really challenged metabolically, but unable to move much faster because of the effect of the sheer volume of work. I completed the fourth round and called it. Why? Was I so mentally or physically beat down that I couldn't run another 800m or finish 30 kettlebell swings and 30 pullups? No. But I did realize that I still have another three days of training this week. And if I had finished the workout (and received my 'badge of honor'), I may have adversely impacted my ability to get done the work I need to do to continue my consistent journey towards elite fitness. While most people who did that workout are probably taking the day off today, I will be continuing my training, taking small, but consistent steps towards elite fitness... and one day soon, I will be fit enough to finish "Eva" without negatively impacting my continuing training!
Posted by Zareh.