CrossFit is hard. Seriously, I don't know if you've noticed that, so I'll tell you again: CrossFit is hard. Like…really hard. Physically, mentally, emotionally, CrossFit is tough. Part of your growth as a CrossFitter is learning how to get more and more comfortable with the discomfort of training as a CrossFitter. So how do we develop that comfort?
Well, the simplest way is to just keep CrossFitting. The more time you spend doing this, the more your body gets used to it. But what else can you do? Try my favorite tactic: smile and laugh during workouts. When you get to that really uncomfortable, borderline painful place, crack a smile. When things are getting tough, turn to the person next to you and say something funny. You'll both laugh, you'll each put a smile on your faces and you'll each feel a little more comfortable.
There's a concept in psychology called "cognitive dissonance" that explains why this works, but blah blah blah who cares about the details (seriously though, if you care about the details I'll be more than happy to explain it). The point is have fun with CrossFit. It's tough, it hurts, and sometimes it's pretty friggin' hilarious. Take advantage of the vulnerability of your mid-workout brain (and those of the people around you) and toss around a few jokes. You'll get some laughs, you'll loosen up a little, and you'll enjoy the workout more!
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Posted by Armen.