818ers... Julie Berger:
I have been at this CrossFit thing for a while now, and people continuously ask me why. When they see the workouts, or find out how early I wake up, they are befuddled.
We are programmed to have these robotic answers, “I want to be the healthiest me!” or “I just love the way it makes me feel.” We all know these answers are BS, especially after thrusting before dawn.
Deep down, we all have those shameful, secret reasons for getting ourselves to the gym. Maybe you have an outlandish but pressing dream to make it to the CrossFit games one day! Perhaps there is a special someone you are toning your bod for. It might even be as simple as some sibling rivalry, or the other end of the teeter-totter to your addiction to refined sugars (chocolate covered gummy bears whaaaaaat).
There is something to be said for giving in to your inner desires, recognizing your dreams, and yelling from the rooftops that one day you plan on beating up Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. We are so quick to write up meta-goals like one strict pull up before winter, double body weight back squats, or RX’ing a few days a week, that we forget the bigger picture.
Why do you want to do a strict pull-up? What is the end game? It is important to circle back to the bigger picture of why these things matter because it helps keep us focused and grounded—it helps put things into perspective.
While it can be frustrating when you do not meet these meta-goals, remember that you are still getting stronger, faster, and healthier in the process! You are still logging the hours that will get you whatever motivated you to step foot in the gym in the first place!
There is no right or wrong reason to get the gym! So I hope whatever motivates you the most is written as an affirmation in lipstick on your bathroom mirror. I’ll go first.
The endorphins from this early morning work out will keep me patient, awake, sane, and positive in the face of work related stress.
I am more than good enough and I get better everyday.
The day will come and go, whether I participate or not. Let us participate.
Julie and her kettlebell participatin'
A. 5RM Deadlift
B. 4x400m Sprint (rest exactly 2 minutes between sprints)
Posted by Commish.