Enjoy the Ride!

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 19:29
With a lot of new people coming in lately, which is awesome!, I just wanted to nail home the importance of not getting frustrated.  As with anything new, with CrossFit there are many new movements to learn, improvements on the way you use to do some movements and just a whole new environment, that it's easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated. Health and Fitness are a journey, not a destination.  Step back, enjoy the ride that is CrossFit, embrace learning new things, new movements and remember the goal is to be better today then you were yesterday!

The following is a great read from Jason David at Motorcity CrossFit. that hits home on just these points.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Many new people in the gym lately…very cool. Sometimes it’s tough with new people though. People have very high expectations of themselves and they want to do well – the start of their CrossFit journey can be somewhat overwhelming. I can see it in their eyes in their intros and subsequent 1st few weeks in group class.

Where do I put my feet?
What’s a hang power clean? Does it go over my head? Why not?
What do you eat for breakfast? Wait, I can eat bacon??
What weight do I use for the thrusters?? What’s a thruster again?? I can’t do knees to elbows!! OMG!!
What is AMRAP? 1-1-1-1-1? What weight do I start with?

This is normal, and as you gain more experience, it gets easier. Think of it as a sport. If you were to play ice hockey for the very first time in your life, you probably wouldn’t be very good at that either.
In the beginning the light at the end of the tunnel can seem very far off. Every day is overwhelming and then, you start to learn. And get better.

After a while, instead of an overwhelming nightmare of feeling like you’re reading cuneiform – you’re going to start looking at the whiteboard as just a WOD. Some days will be tougher than others, but that’s all it is…it’s just your workout.

In the beginning you come in for the workouts, after a while, you feel better – but you come back because you like the people you work out with. There is no light at the end of the tunnel – that light is simply a milemarker. A milemarker on your lifelong CrossFit journey towards increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.