But you’ve always been really good, Crossfit comes natural to you. This stuff is easy for you. These are EVERYDAY comments I hear from members and they are all totally untrue!
I’ll never forget my first crossfit experience. My coach at the time put me through a very basic crossfit workout called baseline to basically test where my current baseline was at so we could track my progress. The workout involved a short row, air squats, sit ups, push ups and some pull ups. They told me I could scale my pull ups by using a couple of bands for assistance. I thought to myself I could do this; this sounds easy. BOY WAS I WRONG! Not only was I not able to pull myself up using bands, I couldn’t even hold onto the pull up bar without falling because my arms, grip, and basically all of my upper body muscles were so weak and deconditioned. I was so embarrassed at the time of how weak I looked to all of the coaches. However, they were all so motivating and uplifting and convinced me that ONE DAY I’ll be strong enough to do pull ups on my own. At the time, I laughed and thought yeah right! This crossfit stuff maybe just isn’t for me. However, I knew I had never quit anything in life and this wasn’t about to be the first time I gave up on something. I used it as my motivation to get stronger, show up everyday, and put the work in. It took weeks to even build the confidence to try pull ups with bands again, but once I finally did it, I knew there was hope in getting better at this crossfit thing.
4 years later, I can now link tons of pull ups together (without bands) because of my mindset of never giving up not because of my natural ability and natural strength to always be able to do pull ups. It all starts and ends with our mindset. One of my favorite quotes reads: Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the BEST things come to those who don’t give up.
I get it. There ARE days where you want to quit, give up, and just forget about CrossFit all together. Those are the days that mentally break us down, YET mentally make us stronger. Those are the days that make us want to come back tomorrow and TRY AGAIN. I may have fallen down 7 times, but I’ve stood up 8 times and that’s why I’m still here trying to get better.