As a coach, a lot of the times I hear newcomers ask "when does this get easier?" And the truth is, it NEVER gets easy, you just get mentally and phsyically stronger and your ability to work under fatigue improves. A lot of people typically don't like that answer, but it is the truth. The idea of something getting easier is also a sign that you have reached the end or the "now what" point. Depending on how long you have been doing CrossFit, you have quickly learned there is no "end" to your journey. Your metcon and benchmark times get faster, your intensity cranks up, load gets heavier, and your gymnastics improve. You should never reach a point where you sit back and say, "there, all done".
I know it may sound like I am beating a dead horse, but CrossFit and fitness is a journey. There is no finish-line, just like in life we go through ups and downs and regressions and progression. So, why am I talking about this?
If we get too caught up in goals (yes, goal setting is important) and achieving them, we quickly loose sight of why we started in the first place. What once made you happy, now leaves you stressed out because you aren't RXing workouts or it has been 15 months since you PR'd your snatch. We are all guilty of this, we become so focused on achievements and success we begin to allow that to define our happiness. Relax. There is no end sight to your health and fitness, it is constantly changing and will continue, I guarantee that! You are going to have ups and downs, but here is the truth...even if I gave you the choice to eliminate all your bad days, you would no longer appreciate the awesome ones!
Over the next week, I challenge you to chew on this: make sure you are having fun, embrace the hardships and enjoy the ride. If you are not having fun when you walk inside our box, then you have lost sight of what really matters!
We've all been there, you plateau or think that you really aren't progressing and just give up. You start showing up less, not pushing yourself as hard when you first started and the sip of Kool-aid was strong. What we do inside our four walls is hard, if it was easy everyone would be doing it. Here are a few tips on how to stay in love with CrossFit!