I have often talked about how I feel the mental/emotional adaptation from CrossFit can be just as beneficial as the physical adaptations. Each year as the Open kicks off, it further cements this thought for me. We have over 75 athletes signed up for the Open and as we kicked off 14.1, over 60 came in and participated in the Friday Night Lights. WIth over a hundred people in attendance, I could visibly see the nerves in those that were getting ready to start the workout. I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to be able to watch them conquer those demons and tackle a workout in an environment completely outside of your comfort zone. I whole heartedly believe that by doing so, you are putting yourself in a position to conquer so many other challenges outside of the box, in areas of your life you wouldn’t think would be connected to working out. Too often we find ourselves making excuses to avoid things we aren’t comfortable doing, whether it be social gatherings, public speaking, fitness programs, you name it. By exposing yourself to the atmosphere of Friday Night Lights and the anxiety it brings with it, you are making a decision to not let fear guide your decisions.
I have seen this more times than I can count over the past 4.5 years at Vitality. People will come in a little unsure of themselves, a little self-conscious of their abilities and after a few months of CrossFit, they are quickly exposed to a community that supports and promotes personal growth and they flourish in it. They quickly find confidence that they didn’t know existed and it transfers into quite a few different areas of their everyday lives. I am a believer that CrossFit won’t just
Amy Peterman shared this blog post with me and I thought it was a great synopsis of evaluating the emotional aspect for a CrossFit Competition, specifically the Open. So many of us get caught up in many of these areas that are talked about in the article. You can read the article HERE.
Hope to see everyone come out again Friday for 14.2! There are some of you who do the workouts earlier in the day instead of coming in at 5pm and doing it with the group….get outside your comfort zone and throw down at 5pm with the Vitality Community in your corner!