I was fortunate to spend this past weekend cheering for our athletes who took part in the Festivus Games (Laura J., Ashley, and Laura L.) and Unbroken Throwdown (Will and Michael) in Charlotte. I am extremely proud of each of our competitors. They showed that they aren't afraid to test themselves, and show everyone their abilities, especially as they put their bodies and mind to the test.
If you've been doing CrossFit for any amount of time, I would highly encourage you to compete. You don't have to compete in a CrossFit competition, it can be anything. Whether it's weightlifting, an obstacle course race, a 5k, or any number of sports, take your fitness outside of the gym and put it to the test!
So why should you compete?
1.Competing makes your goal concrete Setting a date for a competition, race, or tournament creates a clear and time sensitive goal for your training. Find an event that is a few months out and direct your energy towards succeeding in that particular event. It will keep you motivated and progressing forward.
2.Competing tests your skills Even if you're not at the top of your game, competing can shed light on where you need to improve. Are your handstand push-ups and snatches up to par, or do they need a bit of work? Competition highlights our strengths and weaknesses and can help us generate a plan to improve as we move ahead.
3. Competing is fun Competing is down right fun, yeah it may cause a little nerves too. When you have a chance to test all the hard work that you're doing daily, it's fun! Don't go into your event stressed out and worried. Relax, your finishing position doesn't determine who you are as a person. Make it enjoyable, try out a partner or team competition!
Good luck to our teams who are competing in the upcoming River Ruckus and Girls Gone RX!