COMMUNITY is as much part of CrossFit as benchmark WODs, AMRAPs, EMOMs, chalky hands and sweaty bodies.
The perfect box for you makes training less of a chore and more fun - the type of environment you enjoy being in. It makes you feel footloose and fancy free, a place where you honestly believe your WOD and lifting dreams can easily become reality.
The right WOD buddy will lift you up and drag you forward when you are weak.
That same buddy will also keep you in check when you swear that clean was 'all power' when it was clearly 'too deep'.
Ultimately though it is you and you alone that will shape your reality when it truly matters.
Be true to yourself and make CrossFit work for you. Take control, be proactive, push fear and doubt out of your mind and fight for your success.
Focus on the things that you can do.
It's easy to look at a 'workout of the day' and focus on all the things currently beyond your reach.
But that school of thought leads to nowhere fun or enjoyable so stop it.
The human body is capable of wonderful things - you are capable of wonderful things - if you believe.
Enjoy CrossFit for what it is, an opportunity to learn and experience new things.
An opportunity for change. An opportunity for you to take control of your life.
A simple air or bodyweight squat is the building block of a squat clean.
Piked push-ups get you a step closer to handstand push-ups.
Enjoy the process and acknowledge the fact that every minute you spend in the box takes you a step closer to mastering a new skill, hitting a new PB and making your dreams a reality.
WOD times, RX movements and barbell numbers don't matter.
All that matters is the effort you give from the moment you lace up your shoes to the moment you walk out the door after the WOD.
You can control that period, you have the power, so make magic happen.
If you have to scale - scale.
Scaling is a powerful tool in your arsenal so use it.
Don't hit bad reps just because Coach said today's piece is mean to be done at 80% of your 1RM.
Don't finish the WOD in 15 minutes all for the sake of hitting RX when it should've been done in five.
Scale to achieve the desired outcome of the workout.
It's true the loudest cheers in CrossFit are often saved for those who finish last but don't sabotage your training by letting your ego dictate your performance.
Sometimes a little ego might be a good thing though - if you feel you're on the cusp.
Sometimes it's okay to ask that tough question of yourself if it means breaking down a mental barrier.
Ditch the piked handstand push-ups on the box in favour of learning how to kick onto the wall.
Ask yourself the question 'can I get comfortable feeling uncomfortable?'.
If the answer is yes then it's time to talk to your coach and make things happen.
After all what's the worst that can happen?
So you look a little un-coordinated, nervous or lost. Who cares?
So what if your 'score/times' suffer today. Does it really matter?
Never be afraid to fail, it's a sign that you are willing and want to achieve more.
Failure is still progress and any progress is great.
Progress is measurable, progress is strength.
Progress is something you, your coach, your WOD buddy and community can be proud of.
'Hiding from your weaknesses is a recipe for incapacity & error' - Greg Glassman, Founder of CrossFit