I’m grateful to be in this moment in life. I completed the CrossFit Open last week. As a doctor, healer and friend, all of my athletes made it to regional competition. We are opening Deuce Gym in Venice, Calif., and BirthFIT is soaring. Therefore, I am grateful.
People ask me all the time what I am training for or why I bother so much with what I eat. My response is usually something along the lines of, “I train to be birth fit” or “I train for life.” Then they look confused and walk off. Just the other week, someone stopped me at a concert because of my arms. He asked me what I compete in, and my response was: “Life.”
I’m not a professional athlete. Nor am I training to be in the Olympics or the CrossFit Games. However, I am training to be the best version of me that is possible. I’m a doctor of chiropractic, coach at a CrossFit gym and founder of BirthFIT. I’m a healer, an educator and a role model. I choose to lead from the front.
Life happens and environments change, so we must adapt. The best version of me today may not be able to run 400 meters like I did yesterday, but I may be able to do more handstand push-ups than I did last week. Every day is different, but I play to win each day. I see. I adapt. I overcome. And I conquer.
One of the core concepts of CrossFit is to be ready for the unknowable. That resonates with me on a cellular level. When I’m on the field to treat an athlete, I have to be ready for anything they are going to throw my way. I have to diagnose, treat and get them back out there at a moment’s notice. As an educator, I have to be ready for any question someone will ask me and then communicate the answer in a way so that they understand. There is so much unknown about pregnancy and birth. Even if you have given birth before, there are no two pregnancies and birth experiences that are exactly the same. That’s why BirthFIT encourages women to train for every birth.
By training the CrossFit way, I have enough stamina to last all day. I can treat patients all day and then go coach a class or tackle the crowds at the grocery store. I’m not only physically in shape all day, but I my mindset is clear. I focus on the task at hand so that I am fully engaged in that moment. The CrossFit lifestyle encourages me to train for life.
You see, when you realize that you are the game changer in your life, that’s when life becomes real fun. That’s when anything is possible. You start to realize your full potential is endless. Yes, there are days when I have to give myself a pep talk. There are days when frankly I’m not my best, but I don’t let that stop me from training. There is always something you can learn, practice and eventually conquer.
Change your mindset. Train for life. You will surprise yourself.
— Lindsey Mathews