I talk to a good amount of athletes who finish a workout and say that the workout “crushed them,” but what they are actually saying is “I didn’t do well in that workout” or “everyone did better than me today.” I know this because I do it just as much as everyone else, but how should we change our frame of mind to turn hard days into encouraging days that help us move forward?
- The WARMUP: Most workouts you see daily have a warm up, a strength and a metcon. Every warmup has a minimum of 5 pieces. Every strength has a minimum of 5 lifts and most metcons contain 2-4 movements. What I’m saying is, don’t get so caught up in the score on your metcon that you don’t notice that your strength has increased significantly in the last 6 months or that you are much more mobile during warmups than you were when you started CrossFit.
- YOUR GOALS: You went to your limit during that workout. You pushed! You gave it what you had, and that’s what matters. CrossFit gives results to those who give effort. Everyday you get to choose whether or not to put effort into moving forward in your fitness journey, and today you chose to take that step. Forget the score. If you gave effort, you already won.
- WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER: Everyone else is feeling exactly what you are. It’s easy to think you are the only one who has a really high heart rate or a shirt covered in sweat. While you were laying on the floor trying to catch your breath after that workout, you didn’t notice the other 3 people doing the exact same thing. Putting forth effort is tough, but results come from hard work. Don’t forget that the person next to you worked really hard too, and they feel exactly like you do. When you only focus on how hard that was for you, you are assuming the person next to you didn’t have to work as hard as you did. Being a part of a community works both ways. The people around you will encourage you to keep going on your hardest days, and you will also encourage them when they may be struggling. By working hard for that extra rep when you’re feeling tired or giving that extra effort on a tough day, you’re encouraging everyone around you to do the same.
So today, even if you didn’t get the score you wanted, take pride in knowing you took a step towards better health, you gave effort and most importantly you helped grow a community. Now take time to consider how you can do that even more tomorrow. These 3 steps matter more than any score will ever matter but if you continue to take these steps I can guarantee you’ll see your scores improve.