One of the things I love about my job is watching people do things they never thought they could. From forward rolls, to handstands, to box jumps to lifting crazy weights, it never fails that if you focus on the right things, you can do a lot more than you think you're capable of. I talk endlessly to clients, athletes, friends and family about the benefits of CrossFit/unconventional athletic training, and just how it can positively effect your life. Besides the obvious answers: less fat, reduced risk of injury (this one needs a post for itself, later this week), better sleep, so on, so forth, I always like to talk about an athletes ability to function in a greater amount of situations than others. The idea that being uncomfortable physically and mentally is not so scary it must be avoided.
For those of you who have trained with me, or have been to a good CrossFit gym, you should instantly understand what I am talking about here. That feeling that your about to fall apart, that if you do one more rep, or go for one more second you're just going to crumble to the floor. And what ends up happening when you actually DO that one more rep, or go for that extra second? Well, you just keep going. It's in that moment that you grow as a person. Its those moments that I am always hoping people will push themselves towards, and that I am always looking for myself.
Challenging yourself to push that extra bit will not only change your fitness for the better,but it will dramatically improve your life as well. If you become the type of person who is willing and open to push yourself beyond the comfortable, and to try new and potentially frightening things, you'll take those same challenges in other areas as well. Risks will become exciting, you'll see more, explore more, experience more and achieve more. Failure will become a stepping stone for all your successes rather than the thing that stops you from trying.
When you miss a rep in the gym, push yourself to the end, you immediately realize more about yourself then any amount of therapy (not a medical fact, just me trying to prove a point). When you make these realizations, well, the world just become a more exciting place to live in!
Just a thought I had today...
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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