“Does it get any better?” they ask, face flushed the brightest shade of red, shirt soaked in sweat, muscles aching, out of breath. I wish I could tell you yes, but honestly, no, it doesn’t.
I have the privilege of taking some newbies through their first session at Great White CrossFit, and it’s often the first question asked upon completion of a workout. I’m a terrible liar, so I usually avoid answering the question. CrossFit is VERY different from the comfortable life of couch dwelling, elliptical pedaling, or bootcamp lifestyle of most. CrossFit prides itself on intensity – a concept very foreign the the average gym-goer. It’s no surprise the first workout hits you like a ton of bricks, and you’re left in awe at just how out of shape you are.
“What’s it going to take to get fit? “
“Aw Hellll No!”
“Does it at least get better?”
No it doesn’t get better, but you do. CrossFit will always challenge you – but it’s that challenge that will change you. You will, more often than not, leave with your face flushed red, covered in sweat, with sore muscles – but those are cardinal signs of the hard work you put in. CrossFit isn’t comfortable, but it’s the decision to show up and work hard outside of your comfort zone that will bring about the most amazing growth and transformation – mental and physical.
Day after day, you’re out of breath wondering “how am I so out of shape?” Weeks go by and you think “wow, this sucks” with every passing workout – especially those with toes to bar ; ). Yet, slowly but surely you’re stronger, faster, and therefore you move more weight, you move faster. Suddenly a workout doesn’t suck because you’re too out of shape for it – a workout sucks because you want it to. You want your lungs burning, your muscles aching, and lying in a pool of sweat. You pride yourself on that funny walk after a front squat-centered workout. You feel a sense of satisfaction conquering a once intimidating workout no matter how uncomfortable it seemed. Suddenly, you want to go until you can’t anymore to get that faster time – to PR that benchmark workout. “It” didn’t get better – you did. “It” is still there – but now a physically and mentally stronger, faster, better version of you gets to tackle the wod and come out victorious.
It doesn’t get any better, but let’s be real, you wouldn’t want it to.
– Coach Hazel