The difference between someone who will be successful in CrossFit and someone who will fail is the difference between the following philosophies:
“What can I get away with?” vs. “What can I do?”
The first student assumes that by walking into a CrossFit gym, the coach will lose the weight for him. This person will do just enough. He arrives at the start of class and leaves at the end, cherry-picks workouts and movements, and has an arsenal of excuses. This is usually my least favorite person to work with, often because he is concerned with an aesthetic result only and has no interest in self-discovery or contributing to a community. What’s worse is that when this student does leave, the community and coaches won’t skip a beat.
The second student understands that the coach provides him tools but that it’s his responsibility to apply these tools to take control of his own actions and decisions. He stays after and works on skills or foam-rolling homework. He isn’t just conscious of his form but works to understand the lifts and the mechanics behind them. This person forms relationships with his classmates, especially ones who may be outside his normal social circle. He becomes an essential part of the gym and the community. This student has a sense of personal responsibility and mindfulness and is willing to confront and work through failure. He will be successful because his life and perspective will change.
Walk into class today and remember the boldness of the philosophy “What can I do?” This will put you on a path to success and will extend far beyond your experience at CrossFit.
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.