5 Rounds for time of:
10 Kettlebell Swings (Heavy)
This time last year… Bryce wrote on The Coaching Staff.
What do you say to yourself after a WOD? Are you proud or are you full of self deprecating words? Have you ever said to yourself “Why couldn’t I just do one more rep? Why didn’t I push a little harder? Why do I suck?”? These are the thoughts and words I’m talking about. Common fears related to crossfit are fear of pain, fear of competition, fear of a movement and whether you’ll be able to execute it. So what if you face the pain, attack the competition head on and the movements are not an issue, what fear is left? Typically it is the fear of underperforming (as perceived by you) and self abusive thoughts of “I have no excuses. I tried my best and I’m still not good enough.”. Personally, I’m petrified of the things I say to myself after a workout.
These thoughts have no positive outcome. They don’t make you better. They just make you feel bad.
I wanted to write this article because I see and hear these sentiments throughout our community. I see it in our members and coaches when they get upset with how they performed and when nothing they do seems good enough for themselves. When we’re too focused on our score and all the things we can’t do, we’re not appreciating the workout we got, the work that we’ve put into getting better and we lose sight of our improvements. It’s good to be ambitious and to strive to be better, but not at the expense of self-appreciation and loss of the overall view of why workout. Working out should never make you feel bad about yourself.
If you find yourself in this black hole, step back and ask yourself “Why do I crossfit?”. We crossfit to improve our fitness; to be healthy; to be part of a wonderful community. These reasons don’t change regardless of the outcome of any WOD.
Wanting to be better and working hard at it is part of self improvement. But keep your eye on the prize. Keep striving to improve but don’t lose sight of your purpose. Love yourself for all that you do FOR yourself, even if it was 1 rep short of what you wanted.