We opened our doors here at CrossFit 818 a little over 3 months ago, so a portion of you guys and girls are starting to reach the 8 to 10 week mark in your CrossFit journey. Congratulations! Here are a few things you should know and a couple things to keep in mind:
You showed up and have been committed since day one. CrossFit is really hard, but you showed it that you're stronger than it is. You've conquered a whole mess of workouts, things that you yourself would have said were impossible to do just mere months ago. You have become stronger, faster, and more skilled…all of which is a direct result of your commitment.
You will continue to show up, you will continue to do the impossible, and you will continue to improve because that's what you do now: you commit, you overcome, and you grow.
Be aware of your improvement
When I just said that you've become stronger, faster, and more skilled, I wasn't lying or exaggerating. Your fitness has improved across the board. Sometimes it's very difficult to see this improvement day to day, workout to workout. You must keep the big picture in mind. Look back to where you were during your intro…how did you scale your pushups? How did you scale your pullups? How long did it take you to finish? Did you even finish? Now look at where you've been over the past week or so…how'd you scale pullups? Are you consistently finishing workouts that are twice as long as the baseline? These are all markers for your improvement and the only way you'll ever know if you're getting better is by keeping track of these things.
Even beyond performance, you're most likely seeing huge changes in your day to day life. Are your clothes fitting looser? Are you starting to see some definition in your arms? Maybe your top couple abs are starting to peek out? These are powerful ways of seeing the improvements you've made.
Don't be so hard on yourself
The flipside of what I wrote up above is that you may be expecting too much out of your body. CrossFit will provide dramatic, measurable results in your fitness and in your life. Period. Simple as that. However, this does not happen over night. Depending on how much of a change or improvement you're looking for, these results takes months to years to finally appear. Do not be so hard on yourself because you're not busting out a dozen pullups after a month and a half of CrossFit. Be realistic with your expectations, set manageable goals.
The important thing is that you're aware of what's happening, of the amazing things you do on a day to day basis. You are part of a very select group of people, people who know what they want and are willing to do incredibly difficult things to achieve their goals. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in one bad day and forget all the progress you've made. Everyone has bad days, but only CrossFitters have the experience to say "Well, that sucked…but not as much as that WOD last week."
"Choose Your Own Adventure"
Complete for time:
40 Wall Ball (20/14)
80 Box Jump (24/20)
1 mile run
*Split the workout up however you want
Posted by Armen.