Do you know anyone that has been abducted into the world of crossfit obsession?
If you do, you’ll know they are generally a bit ‘full on’ to say the least…. dedicated, passionate and motivated to the extreme.
So dedicated they:
- Learn weightlifting moves normally reserved for muscle bound dudes on steroids.
- Learn a crazy new language (kipping, wod, amrap, met con…).
- Pay a fortune for a cold warehouse without all the normal gym machines.
- Make it a social occasion, including pre and post workout analysis.
Why are they so into it?
Why can’t we get motivated to roll out of bed for a jog? Or find time for 10 measly press-ups a day!
Why not take a page out of the ‘crossfit worlds’ book to get motivated?
My wife has been abducted by the crossfit universe for a year now. She’s an obsessive and proud of it. She’s gone from not being able to do 1 push up or 1 pull up to being able to complete a list of previously unimaginable weight lifting exercises and brutal circuit type routines…. most days of the week! It is incredible to have witnessed.
Over dinner she’ll be moaning and groaning while checking out the following days workout routine then she’ll give me the rhetorical… “do you want to hear what we did today and what we have to do tomorrow”… before enthusiastically describing:
- That mornings results including what everyone in the gym completed, then
- The following mornings plan including everyone in the gyms strengths and weaknesses for the specific types of exercises!
… followed by a questioning of if there is enough protein in the meal I’ve cooked to make her stronger.
I bought her these shoes for xmas and this is what it said on the box. She loved it so much she cut it out to put over her desk as a reminder.
What is this thing called crossfit?
If you hadn’t heard already!…. from the website: varied functional movements performed at high intensity… a community… using scoreboards, a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance…. Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a general fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results.
A bit of a mouth-full… in my words, crossfit is circuit training and HIIT using intense cardio, plyometrics, gymnastics, calisthenics and weightlifting.
Why you NEED Motivation?
You want to get healthy, not die (this is a good one), get strong, be mobile or look buff… whatever. One or some of these underlying reasons to exercise you will need motivation.
Initially with a good reason, like your brother had a heart attack, you might be jumping out of bed and for the first week or two smashing out a new lifestyle… but how many times does this last no matter the initial motivation?
How does crossfit do motivation and keep it over time? How does it help to “don’t think, just do”
We can all find excuses of time, priorities or tiredness. But if we have a reason to get fit, then we need to use this type of motivation to follow through and to remind ourselves for the reason to keep going.
I’ve even heard enough about it to feel like I’ve done it forever. Remember very important,
(I have in fact tried it, and enjoyed it, so am not completely ignorant)
By far the most important aspect and what makes crossfit a viral product is the strength of the community that develops from going through the killer sessions with others (see OB Fitness rules). With set standardised goals creating a competition every time. Support and encouragement from your mates in the same session. This social side ensures passionate adherence more than anything.
Why can’t we find someone to run or ride with or get outside to the park with? Why not schedule a weekly time? Why not do an activity that is also social with friends or to meet new friends? Why not ramp up the intensity for a bit of a race or interval session with a friend?
In crossfit the talk is all about the fittest men and women in the world (it’s very accessible to women – particularly due to the social aspect). Its about progressing to get to the crossfit games which are super inspiring. Crossfit is high intensity exercise so it yields results (leanness and muscle) that are so much more noticeable than moderate-intensity efforts.
You may think, well I’m not after big muscles or to go to a competition…. but actually you ARE after fitness, to help you with any of your goals … for example your reason to get fit could be not to die young or get rid of the man boobs!
So why not add in some bodyweight exercise circuits, intervals or shorter sprint sessions to get results? Why not enter an event of some kind? Or watch some videos of your chosen activity to get motivated?
Crossfit’s ritual intensity has a tribal like atmosphere. It’s never the same workout twice. It replaces aspirations like six-pack abs or buns of steel with an emphasis on form which helps them to do more (reps and weight). It replaces the ease and comfort of gym machines with a demand for all-out effort in a supportive group setting.
Why can’t we do different types of interval or bodyweight sessions like crossfit outside at the local park? Why can’t we learn a new activity like riding a bike or playing a sport? Why not change the running route we do? Why not set goals pushing ourselves to do a little more each week?
What motivates you most? …. the social aspect, getting results or being a part of a ritual. I’d love to see you in the comments below.