CrossFit Blog Central: 5/15/11

Posted: May 15, 2011 in CrossFit, Media, Training
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CrossFit Sweatshop, in Walnut Creek, CA, had a post that was shared on the CrossFit Affiliate Blog about 2 weeks ago. It is called “Purpose of CrossFit“, and I think it hit on some really big points.

I’ll share some of my favorite quotes from the post here, but you should really click on the link and head over to read the whole thing.  It’s a really easy piece to get through. Read it, think about it, and then reread the few parts that I’m going to “Highlight” as my most important take-aways from the piece.

It’s great, normal and completely healthy to be competitive; both in CrossFit and in life. But at the end of the day, I just want to be sure you’re all doing this stuff for the right reasons!

Purpose of CrossFit ~ by Nabil K. Langkilde

  • CrossFit is awesome for many reasons. The physical and mental challenge of the workouts. The feeling of accomplishment after the workout. The post workout buzz or euphoria. The physical and mental health benefits. The local community support from within the gym. … When any or all of these things are your primary reason for doing CrossFit, you will likely experience life-long enjoyment and fulfillment from participating in CrossFit.

However, if your primary goal is to be the best male or female during your class time, best performance on the whiteboard for that day, make it on to the leaderboard, qualify for the CrossFit Games, or any other accomplishment that involves gaining praise or the respect from others, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

  • Before I go any further, let me reiterate that the previously mentioned motivators should not be your PRIMARY goal.
  • But if during a workout you find yourself looking for ways to make a movement easier, or performing questionable range of motion, or after a workout you find yourself disappointed with your results, when you compare it to others, your head is simply in the wrong place.
  • The simple fact is, no matter how much you improve, or how good you get, there will likely be others that are better than you, and thus your insecurities or feelings of inferiority will never end. CrossFit, and exercise in general is an excellent way to have fun and reduce stress, if you are stressed out and/or not having fun, it’s time to re-evaluate why you are doing this.
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Comments
  1. Heather says:

    Love this! I compete with me & me alone! Being so new to this there is SO much room for improvement.. But most importantly I saw right away how I could put me vs me in each workout. Example… I started with 6 bands to do pull ups the other night I was using 3 & 4, huge improvement for ME. I think if you are in an environment that creates the WRONG type of competition it can get ugly. I’m thankful for a gym that promotes standing behind the last person until they finish… Especially because I’m usually that last person 😉

    • Smashby says:

      Heather, when I talk to people about our crew at CrossFit Lakewood, I really do call you guys my “Family”. That support from the first person done to the final finisher exists every day, and that is so cool, huh?!

      I agree with you 100%, and am so glad you feel that way training with us! I’m glad you liked the article!

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