You’ve just walked in to a CrossFit gym for the first time. You’re as nervous as you are excited for some real progress.
You’ve put your foot down and this is the end of the road. You will lose the weight you want. You will get the strength you’re missing, the flexibility that opens you up, the confidence that’s slid over the years. You mean business.
Believe it or not, this could be the best decision you’ve ever made for your health. Just like that, however, there is “the shift.”
“The shift” is that change of perspective that, for most people, happens over time. You begin to care less about the things that got you in the door, and more about new things that you didn’t know you wanted, like beating Dave in workouts or going “beast mode.” Surely, competition and whatever “beast mode” is can be positive motivators in your training. However, these things are like a powerful drug that must be dosed just right.
The reason I bring this up is because sometimes—not always—but sometimes, “the shift” can actually get in the way of getting what you came for. Before you know it, you’ve got knee high “Bacon” socks on and you’re first priority is winning workouts. Somewhere off in the distance are all the reasons that you showed up for CrossFit in the first place, like looking, feeling and performing better.
Don’t get be wrong, there’s plenty to enjoy in winning workouts and bacon regalia. It seems, however, illogical to do all this work and miss the essence of what you want(ed) most out of your training. Don’t let the pomp and circumstance of your CrossFit experience get in the way of more health, a clearer mind, and feeling good.