You know the point at which you can look at the whiteboard, look at yourself, and say "I am winning". . .
No, not like Charlie Sheen and not like Coach Glenn, I mean winning.
A successful result in a contest, conflict, bet, or other endeavor; a victory.
It's an amazing feeling to get through some workouts; aka winning.
It's an amazing feeling to accomplish something truly great; aka winning.
It's an amazing feat to see what you've accomplished in so little time and then daunting to think (optimistically of course) of what can occur when you put your mind to it. Think of the possibilities. People have often attributed CrossFit to losing weight, losing inches, lowering cholesterol and being removed from medications, etc. I happen to think it's not necessarily CrossFit, although the culture, the mentality, and the people play a huge part - it is the awareness of a what a healthy lifestyle is. An awareness that is brought on by things that are held somewhat sacred in the CrossFit community. Eat clean, sleep well, and exercise regularly (3 days on / 1 day off) and from that tiny formula, we include a side of intensity to top it all off. Constantly varied, functional movements, executed at a high intensity.
One of the principles I have found from this group is the ability to overcome fear. Let me share with you an example tonight - two athletes who were completely scared to jump on a box. One was visibly shaking, the other had eyes darting around - a slightly timid look. Both took a deep breath and shoved their fear into the floor, defying the thoughts that perpetrated their minds. Bounding onto the box a look of shock and relief - it could be done. Different heights, different abilities, but once they realized they could do it, they did it. And did it again and again. Congrats Sam and Ashley. Also congrats to Lauren on her GHD's, even though they are scary, you will eventually get more comfortable with them.
Overcoming what you fear is a step in the right direction, again, it's that huge confidence builder that takes you to the next level. There are certain athlete's who are scared of heights. In a controlled manner, take on the rope climb all the way to the top, not only that, stay at the top and get used to it. And let yourself down slowly so that you realize, "Yes I can make it up, but I control up and down."
You control this path, it may be slightly winding and narrow, it may be slick and could sometimes back track, but you have to take the first step - and the first step is always forward.
Now if I could, as I may have mentioned, I would do every rep for you, but it would do you no good and I would get really tired (and most likely I couldn't do that anyway). Therefore, step up to the plate every night, challenge what you see on the board, take on each workout, and if you deem it successful, consider it a win.
- Coach Tony