If you answered "yes" to both those questions, then Congrats: you're officially a CrossFitter! Now, I don't know why we're like this, but I know that I asked a lot of you those very same questions and every time the answers were "yes" and "duh".
When I ask people why they're upset about doing something they've quite literally never done before, the most common answer is "I should have done more". Well, what's this whole "should have" thing about? When it comes to lifting weights, you either do it or you don't and what you achieve is what you achieve through your own hard work and effort. Wanting to be stronger or run faster or be better is a good thing, and that self competition is what really drives us to CrossFit, but losing sight of the things we've actually accomplished and earned just because we want more is immature and foolish.
Being hungry for improvement is crucial to what we do, because if we weren't obsessed with improving ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, etc. then why would we put ourselves through these painful, difficult, challenging workouts every day? But don't let your desire to be better cover up the fact that you are indeed better.
And you have actually improved because that is precisely what a PR is. It's a new Personal Record, a new best. It means that you just did something that you've never done before, something that you probably thought was impossible not too long ago. Maybe it's only an improvement by 5 pounds, maybe it's an improvement by 50 pounds, but who cares? Improvement is improvement. I don't care that you don't squat 500 pounds and I don't care if you do squat 500 pounds.
You know what I do care about? Effort. Grit. Determination. Showing up and working hard at the gym is impressive. Making time in your busy schedule to be here, setting aside an hour a day to make yourself a better human being...those things are impressive. Caring about your peers, cheering on the people you work out with, being helpful, and doing things you thought were impossible: all things that I respect.
Holding yourself to a high standard is good too, but being blinded to where you're actually at is a recipe for disaster. You need to be able to honestly look at yourself in the mirror and say "Damn, you're awesome! You just did something you've never done before in your entire life, and that accomplishment was a result of your own hard work, your own spilled sweat, your own sacrifices, and your own determination. You're awesome. And soon, you'll be even more awesome".
That PR you got this past week, and the ones you're gonna get next week? They're yours. You earned them. I didn't give them to you. They're little trophies, badges of honor, proof of your hard work. Be proud of them and be proud of yourself.
PS: We're closed tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday. Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday for some more hard work!
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Posted by Armen.