Have you ever felt so tired or worn out from the day that the idea of showing up to the gym is more of a chore than a relief? When you're day is filled with work, chores, family, and other obligations, it only makes sense that some days you may not have any energy left for the gym. Guess what? I'm with you.
You read that right. CrossFit coaches are human, too. There are days I know the gym will be good for me, but mentally and physically I just feel worn out to go. And, for you and me and everyone else you know, that is completely normal!
However, I've learned there is also something powerful about showing up—even when it seems impossible. While my effort in the gym may look different on a daily basis, creating consistent patterns of fitness that align with my priorities are the only way I'm going to actually reach my goals. Hard work moves you forward, but consistency gets you to your final destination.
Now, are the going to be hiccups along the way? Of course. But, that is part of what makes CrossFit perfect for balancing into your life. CrossFit classes can be varied by skill, degree, and intensity based on how you feel today—and how you want to feel tomorrow.
Let's looks at an example. Maybe yesterday you slept 10 hours, ate healthy, home-cooked meals, and today you feel like you're on top of the world. That is great! Then today is a day when your 100% is going to feel like 100%; a day when it is easy to walk into and out of the gym with your head held high.
However, let's say last night you were up three times in the middle of the night. You have a major work deadline that has been stressing you out. You've been eating your food on the go, and your to-do list has now stretched onto a second piece of paper. No mater what you do, it feels like you're behind. Without the best sleep and nutrition, your body is exhausted and sore. Honestly, the last thing you want to do is work out. But since fitness is a priority in your life you head to the gym anyway. You give it your all, but maybe your 100% looks more like 60%.
Guess what? You still should leave with your head held high, because you still gave 100%.
Our 100% effort will look different on different days. But a step forward is a step forward. And over a year every tiny step matters.
If you are tired or burnt out, I encourage you to show up anyway. There has never been a day so terrible that I didn’t feel better or more encouraged when I left the gym than when I walked into it. What is important is that you do the best you can do that day (based on how you feel), and that you can celebrate that when you leave.
Not every season is going to be a season of personal bests. But that doesn’t mean you stop showing up. If anything, it means you show up more consistently, because even the smallest step toward your goal is important if you're ever going to get there. At SLCF, our goal for each of you is to find a habit of consistency both inside and outside of the gym. That is where hard work and results meet. That is truly the key to long-term health.
Today give 100% no matter what that looks like. If you’re tired, dial back. If you’re feeling great, dial up. But always show up, and know that movement is another step forward, regardless of what that movement looks like.