You grab your favorite pair of jeans that you’ve had since the dawn of time, and all of a sudden, they don’t fit over your thighs. Regardless of how many “strong is the new skinny” articles you’ve shared on Facebook, most likely you will feel that little pang of anger or fear that you’re back to the chubster you were before you found the world of thrusters and pull-ups. As one of my members recently called it, it’s “Jeans Crisis 2014.”
Before you spiral down the staircase of self-doubt and deprecation and quit CrossFit, remember the following:
1. You chose an exercise regimen you enjoy. What kind of workout will get you up in the morning in five years? Is it step class or treadmills? For most of you, probably not. For most of you, it’s going to be working on new gymnastics skills, competing with your friends and doing blood-pumping workouts that don’t allow you to think about your daily stresses. If you enjoy it, that’s reason enough to do it.
2. It’s not you, it’s them. Your jeans were created for someone who is not as strong as you and for someone less capable. You joined a gym that promotes activities that go against the social norm. This is the beauty of CrossFit — not everything you were told in YM magazine was true. It’s not profitable to cater to a unique shape, so don’t let your newfound strength and power be undermined by an industry aimed at maximizing profit. CrossFit is our gateway to understanding that there is a whole world out there that media, fashion and entertainment have yet to stick their paws into.
3. Don’t run away from unique. Allow yourself to take a step away from the influence of society and do something that is true to YOU. Lifting heavy weights all the time is certainly unique. Now that you have the opportunity to be bold and different, are you going to turn the other way? Challenge yourself. Turn off the external voices and center yourself with the ones that matter — your own.
Don’t force yourself to fit into pants manufactured for the masses. Buy bigger pants. Get them altered if you’d like. Turn Jeans Crisis 2014 into a celebration of commitment to your authentic self instead of just another way of conforming.
Allison Truscheit is the owner of CrossFit Synapse in North Hollywood, California. She is also a two-time Southern California Regional competitor, who placed seventh in 2013, a nationally ranked competitor for USA Weightlifting, a CrossFit Level-1 trainer, a USAW Sports Performance coach and a YogaWorks 200-hour yoga teacher.