Competing in CrossFit: The Hard Reality Behind Your Goal
by Mark Kacelnik
Crossfitters are known for their relentless pursuit of fitness. They train at least 3 times per week, often multiple times per day. Some even go to extremes like doing all their workouts at home or even sleeping outside during the winter months!
But what happens when they get too strong? What if they start getting injured? And what happens after they’ve reached their physical limits?
The answer is simple: they quit. They give up. They stop trying to improve themselves and just accept that they’re not going to make it.
And that’s exactly what many do, because there isn’t much incentive for them to keep pushing themselves anymore (or rather, there was once).
So why bother continuing to train?
Well, the answer lies in motivation.
Motivation is something that can only come from within. If you don’t have it, then you won’t want to continue training. You’ll eventually give up and move on with your life without ever really achieving anything significant.
So what’s the secret to gaining the motivation you need to achieve your Crossfit goals?
The answer is self-improvement. And there are three ways in which you can do it:
1. Set an example for others
One of the best ways to stay motivated and focused on your goals is to help others achieve their own goals. If you’ve been a long-time member at your Crossfit, then you may have noticed that many people struggle early on. They’ll often have technique issues that cause them to fail or give up under a heavy workload.
It’s at this moment of weakness where you can step in and help them out. Pretty soon they’ll start seeing you as a role model and someone they can look up to for training advice.
So what are you waiting for?
Go help out your fellow Crossfitters!
2. Keep a training log
If you want to improve yourself, then you need to keep track of your own personal fitness journey.
How can you know that you’re improving if you don’t have any way of measuring it?
You need to have records of how much weight you lift, how far you ran, how long you swam, and everything else you do in the gym.
It also helps to keep a food log as well. In order to achieve your goals, you may need to start eating a healthier diet. Carbs, fats, proteins, and micronutrients are all key in achieving your fitness goals.
And again, it’s important to stay motivated! So keep a workout or fitness blog that you can look back on when you’re slacking off. You can even share it with friends and family so they can follow your journey!
3. Always finish what you started
Sometimes your body just isn’t up to the task of finishing a workout. Your muscles are tired, your knees are aching, and you just can’t go on. It happens to everyone at one time or another. If you’re a smart athlete, you’ll just take a break and start again once you’ve rested.
However, there are some people that have no sense when it comes to their bodies. They’ll push themselves too hard and try to finish a workout even if it kills them.
Because they’re bored. They lack the motivation to keep going because there’s something better that they want to do.
So what’s the solution?
It’s simple: just focus on the task at hand. If you’re sick or your body is aching, don’t give up and quit. You went to the gym with the intention of working out, so do it! Once you’ve finished, you can quit for the day. And if you’re really still feeling sick or in pain, go see a doctor or physical therapist so they can treat what’s ailing you.
Crossfit is a great way to improve your fitness, endurance, and strength. All you need to do is focus on your own goals and don’t be discouraged.
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A CROSSFIT CROSSROAD by JA Partridge, BA Knapp… – The Journal of Strength …, 2014 – cdn.journals.lww.com
The culture of CrossFit: a lifestyle prescription for optimal health and fitness by RD Perkins – 2019 – swcra.net
‘We’re In This Together:’neoliberalism and the disruption of the coach/athlete hierarchy in CrossFit by S Kuhn – 2013 – ir.library.illinoisstate.edu
Investigating the organisational culture of CrossFit by L Heywood – Sports Coaching Review, 2016 – Taylor & Francis
The World of CrossFit by B Bailey, AJ Benson, MW Bruner – International Journal of Sport …, 2019 – Taylor & Francis