When people think about what they can benefit from CF, they usually think in terms of getting in better physical shape. I frequently ask new members what their goals are when they first start here. Responses include everything from “losing weight,””getting tone”, or “becoming stronger”. This is how most people define being in shape…..
It’s not that it’s wrong, wanting to be leaner or get stronger is a great thing to aspire toward, it’s just that the term is incomplete of defining being in shape.
I would be reminisced if I didn’t speak of the psychological benefits of CF. The being in shape of the mind.
I love CF becuase its the only thing that challenges my complete attention and presence. In no way am I able to think of anything else during a WOD, when I do, I find my self moving slower, hurting more, and thinking negative thoughts. Its then during that “heart pounding out of my chest” feeling that I’m reminded to FOCUS, re-FOCUS, to complete another rep, to keep my technique tight, and above all else….keep moving. That’s all I have room to think about in those moments.
In those moments, which I cherish dearly, I know I’m am developing a stronger mind, attitude, and belief in myself. This is much harder to quantify in terms of improvement versus something like losing weight or getting strong, but I guarantee it’s happening.
CrossFit helps development a “can do” attitude. One that isn’t afraid to push through the SUCK and keep on fighting, knowing that it will make them a better person. We would be insane to continue to do what we do and not see results. To be in shape is a physical matter but also a mind matter. Physically our results might not come as fast as we would like but mentally we begin getting in shape from DAY #1.
5 sets of 3 minute AMRAP’s of:
500 meter Row or Air Dyne Sprints
Max Anchored Situps to Air Squat
Modification (10 situp, then 10 squats)
-Score Max Anchored Situps-Squat for each round
Rest 3 minutes
Bench Mark Friday-pick your most difficult first!
135/95 pound Clean and Jerk, 30 reps
Rest 5 minutes
For Time:95/65 pound Snatch, 30 reps