By: Coach Chris
Pat Sherwood put it best when he said,
“The goal is to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam. So remember that. Relax. Have fun. Work out.”
With the CrossFit open well in our rearview mirrors now and summer fast approaching, there are some very important tenets of health and wellness that I wanted to bring to the forefront of discussion with you. How we function in our day-to-day lives is important. How much we smile, laugh, think intently, listen intently and raise others up everyday, is important. What we do in the box is important, but possibly not only how you imagine it to be. The PRs are exciting and fun. RXing the workouts and “winning” are fun and a great push to get us outside of our comfort zones, where the real change and influence occurs.
There’s a ton of other opportunities for growth in the gym however, besides growing our muscles, adding weight to our lifts, shrinking our waists or taking seconds off times. We all need to remember what we’re here for. Self-improvement for sure, that’s undeniable. But the group dynamic, the community and the family affair bring so much more to the table.
There are so many activities that are improved by our training. We become more able. We are more prepared. We are fitter. That is the point. Why we love kicking our own asses, because we know what it’s for. We love the challenge. We love the camaraderie. We love the competition. And we love the game. The game is finding the balance between our professional lives, social lives, personal lives and over health and well-being. Unfortunately, too many people in all of our lives think that its okay, or normal, just “the way it is” to sacrifice our health and well-being at the expense of all or even just one other part of our lives. We are to be the examples. The role models. The moms and dads getting their groove back. The grandparents who can run circles around or simply keep up with their grandkids. The former athletes who are now leaner or stronger or both than they were in their playing days. We can and are all of these things to help shape and influence those around us. So keep getting after it. Remember why it all matters. Failures happen, learn from them. Successes happen, progress from them. And lives are being changed every single day in the box walls. Keep showing up. Keep putting it all on the line every hour you’re here. And keep being the reason that the game is changing. Because we love it.