Well, I have been participating in CrossFit for about 6 months now, so I figured it was time for an update. The last time I blogged about CrossFit was during the open. I survived that and even went back for more! I have included a few things I have learned throughout my CrossFit journey so far this year. These are all things that I find to be critical in my training and successes.
Having a coach is critical: I know that I will take it easy on things I’m not good at or comfortable with, and I know that I avoid things I don’t like or things I am not good at (I still despise snatches and overheard squats, particularly because I am not good at them). Having a coach means having someone who has much more knowledge than you to push you to do things you don’t like and aren’t good at. They will be there again and again encouraging you until you make progress. Do I really want to do snatches? No. Do I need to do snatches to get better? Yes. Helping me achieve that is just one of the many things a coach is for. A fellow member at my CrossFit gym recently told me, "Even the best athletes in the world still need coaches." SO TRUE.
Good programming is key: I am very thankful that I am at a place where the coaches are knowledgeable and care about making each member better, faster, and stronger. Not to mention they help us to get actual, functional results. Being able to do the movements properly and safely is SO important. I think it is necessary for anyone interested in trying CrossFit to find a box that has programming that is purposeful, designed by a knowledgeable coach, and that is in line with your philosophy on fitness.
Recovery and nutrition are important: It is amazing to see that what I eat affects my performance. On that same note, I am actually noticing how important food is to recovery. If I eat like crap, my body feels like crap, and I don’t perform well. So I’m trying to make sure I’m eating good, clean foods and eating enough of it. I am actually back on Paleo for this month and increasing my protein intake. I can honestly say I feel a positive difference so far.
Get out of your own head: This could possibly be my biggest obstacle by far. I let my head, my fear, and all the other stuff get in the way. This is something I have struggled with in all of my years playing sports, and even off the field. Research shows pretty consistently that the mind fails before the body in most situations, and that is definitely true for me. If I approach the bar thinking negative thoughts, I’m going to fail that lift. If I go up the bar thinking “I got this” and then put it out my mind, I will probably make the lift - unless it really is too heavy. I truly perform better when I have a positive mindset. This goes for all areas of life, not just CrossFit.
To sum up: I am more confident. I am stronger. I am hitting goals, and creating new ones. I can't wait to see what the next 6 months of CrossFit have in store for me!