CrossFit can be hard...
There will be days when gymnastic movements will feel foreign and unnatural.
The barbell heavy and immovable.
Burpees suck and sometimes it feels like the kettlebell has a mind of its own.
No-one likes running and there will be mornings when climbing out of bed is a chore.
These are not the elements that make CrossFit hard though.
The biggest challenge you will face in CrossFit will be the battles you fight in your own mind.
For years you have lived within the warm and pleasant confines of your comfort zone.
Fear and lack of belief in yourself has held you back.
But then you found CrossFit - now you know you are capable of greatness and it is right there at your fingertips.
Your mind still rules your heart though.
Logic & sense (your mind) tell you can't do certain things because you've never been able to do them or you're not strong enough.
Your mind builds pressure as the timer ticks over and the promise of a new personal best lift, time or score passes you by. A pressure that is yours alone - a pressure you have built and placed on yourself.
When you miss a big lift the only person that is truly disappointed is you - not your coach, not your workout buddy or anyone else in the box. They empathise. They've all stood exactly where you stand, so they're not judging or marking you down.
That's why one of the greatest things you can learn is how to shut off the hyper-critical part or your mind.
The part that sees things in black and white, win or lose, triumph or failure, do or do not.
Everyone's CrossFit journey is different but there is a thread that binds every single one of us together.
A desire to be something more. A desire to be the best possible version of ourselves.
And therein lies the secret to making CrossFit that little bit easer and a hell of a lot more enjoyable every day.
When your lungs are on fire, your muscles ache and sweat stings your eyes - your heart will guide you home. A heart fuelled by desire.
When you're operating at the very edge of your limits, when the PB is right within your grasp - your heart will be the difference.
Switch off your mind, listen to your heart and tap into that desire.
Logic played a big part in your decision to sign up - CrossFit just makes sense when it comes to strength, health & well-being.
Passion and desire will be the very reason why you stick with it.
Why else would you keep coming back day after day?
Why try Toes to Bar again when the last time round your toes were so far away from the bar you may as well have just practiced pull-ups instead?
Why take a shot at a 150kg Deadlift when the bar barely moved during you last attempt?
That desire to be something more is the reason why you will try and try again.
Your mind will give up long before your heart does.
So take another shot, give it another crack - switch off your mind and listen to your heart.
As long as your heart is still beating you're still in the fight.
You can get that personal best - you will lock out that lift - if you listen to your heart.
There is no failure if you give 100% of yourself in the moment and only your heart can tell you that.
Listen to your heart - let is decide if today's session was a win of a loss.
Jason - the geek who lifts