So you’ve decided to try CrossFit huh?
After seeing pictures of those supremely ripped physiques, you’ve finally decided to give it a go yourself.
Well, you’re in for one hell of a ride. CrossFit will transform your physique and change the way you look and feel, but an often underestimated part of CrossFit is how it transforms your mind (If you struggle with mental fatigue then this is a must read for you).
CrossFit will teach you things about yourself that you never knew existed and will give you a completely new outlook on life.
Many of the things you learn in CrossFit will transfer over to your everyday life and as they do, you will feel like a totally new person.
You’ll Have a New Found Self-Confidence
Not many people actually enjoy working out in front of others. They feel self-conscious about their body and worry about being judged.
Be honest, does that sound like you?
CrossFit will change that.
In an environment where you are being challenged to perform difficult exercises to your maximum ability, CrossFit will provide you with a platform to grow in confidence.
You realize, very quickly, that everyone at your box is there to support and encourage you and to make you feel welcome. You will love working out together.
They want you to succeed, and as you become more competent, achieving certain moves for the first time, they will celebrate just as emphatically as you will.
The constant support and encouragement of everyone around you will become contagious.
As you make improvements in your performance you will enter the box with a new found confidence, that you CAN do this!
Over time your body will change and your physique will improve and as you lay there, dripping in sweat, you won’t care about how you look or what anybody else thinks.
This new found confidence in yourself and your body will transfer into your everyday life.
Suddenly, tough situations won’t appear as daunting and you will relish the opportunity to tackle the situations with a new found confidence in yourself and a realization that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
Conquering Your Fears
Whether in exercise or in life, we all have things that scare us. CrossFit has plenty.
Right now, the thought of attempting a handstand walk or successfully completing a muscle up may fill you with dread, but that’s ok.
You may be wondering if your body can handle the task, if you’ll make a fool of yourself or even if people will judge you and laugh at you.
But as your coaches take you through the progressions and help you to build up the foundations to achieve the skill, you will soon start to see that no challenge is too big and that with the right plan, those fears can be overcome.
Week after week, as you push yourself to achieve more, you will believe in yourself and your ability to overcome any obstacles and realize that those worries you had beforehand were just harmless, negative self-talk.
You can say goodbye to that negativity.
Imagine a stronger, more confident, open-minded you, that isn’t daunted by anything and is ready to face any challenge head-on, just imagine what you could achieve in your life when you’re not held back by fear.
You Will Become Mentally Resilient
CrossFit creator Greg Glassman says that the old adage, ‘athletes listen to their bodies’, is false. Glassman says that athletes actually do the opposite and that if their bodies say “stop, this hurts” they carry on regardless.
When you complete your first WOD you will see other members cheering each other on and pushing each other to achieve their absolute best.
As the minutes wind down and fatigue sets in, members will get up for one more rep, and one more rep, and one more rep, until they’ve given their maximum, and you will do the same.
With each grueling workout, the community becomes more vocal, encouraging each other to dig deeper and not give up and you will be filled with an immense sense of determination as you strive for the same.
Mental toughness is an underappreciated skill that the best of the best, have in spades.
From business to sports, the ability to set your mind to something and block out the noise as you attempt to achieve it, is what separates the elite from the mediocre.
Yes, there will be times when an exercise or a particular WOD is difficult and challenges you more than you thought it would.
Yes, there will be times when you fail and fail only to get up and fail again.
But that’s what paves the way for success.
You will become strong-willed, determined and develop a never say die attitude as you never settle for anything other than the best.
You will soon find yourself stronger and mentally more robust than you’ve ever been before.
You’ll no longer face a challenge and struggle to see it through; instead, you will be determined and mentally strong enough to overcome any obstacle in your way and to keep working hard, even when it gets tough.