I could make this post about how awesome CrossFit is, what great things it can do for your body and mind, but honestly, I’m not here to convince anyone of anything. That’s simply not my job. I’m a nurse, and I’m a blogger. And, today, I find myself mesmerized, inspired, and motivated by what I witnessed via the interwebz. But, yeah, I’m not gonna lie. I think CrossFit rocks.
A team from my CrossFit box attended this past weekend’s CrossFit Regionals in Santa Clara, CA.
They didn’t just attend.
They kicked some serious ass.
They proved to everyone that CrossFit isn’t just about how strong you are physically, but by how much heart and determination you bring to the game. How your mind is just as important as your body.
In the box we are always told to get our mind in the game, bring your heart to the box, get inside your head to get that last rep, lift a little heavier today, push your limits, get your PR, and ring that bell.
After watching this, I nearly cried. I cried at the enormity of what they accomplished, the humility with which they did it with, and the inspiration of knowing how it feels to shatter a record, whether it’s for the world or for yourself. Good stuff. It reminded me of the first time I crossed the finish line of my very first marathon.
They make this shit look easy. More importantly, they got the job done. No grandstanding, no boasting, no bullshit. Just hard work, determination, and dedication. In my short time at Tamalpais CrossFit, it’s been a true pleasure watching them grow as athletes and competitors.
While I may never participate in a Regional CrossFit Games, I am proud to work out side-by-side with these athletes and share a CrossFit box with them. I gain inspiration with each workout, and the motivation to come back again tomorrow. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
If the mind isn’t in the game, the muscles will never win it.
I don’t have delusions of grandeur when it comes to what I can accomplish with CrossFit. I want to be relatively fit for my age (43), gain some strength, and look good naked. Never underestimate the power of your own mind. That’s the message I took away from their performances this past weekend. Sure, they are all strong guys and gals, but if their heads weren’t in the game this past weekend, their muscles would have stayed home.
But, leave your egos at home.
“The one thing I love about CrossFit is there’s always somebody better than you.” -Meshelle Misfud
I am proud of each and every one of us. We all show up. We all work hard. We all work out only to come back and do it again. Why? I can’t speak for everyone, but the camaraderie is just as much a part of the WOD as the muscles we constantly build. Friendships are formed in the process. We are all different individuals, but something brought us to the same box. We are all unique, with varying levels of fitness. CrossFit is uniquely designed for everyone. Anyone can do this stuff. You might not set a world record, but the movements are universal.
This isn’t unique to CrossFit. It’s unique to life. Pick your ‘sport’. Stick with it. Give it your all.
Choose your passion. Choose your path. Bring the two together and see what happens.