Routine is the enemy. We say that a lot in CrossFit. Yet, most of us deliberately avoid doing anything other than CrossFit.
Are you one of those people who won’t go for a jog or to a yoga class with your friends because A) you actually don’t have friends outside of CrossFit anymore or B) you’re scared it will kill all your gains? Do you avoid other activities because you are on “a special program”?
Really?! Look, most of us are not going to the CrossFit Games so PLEASE live your life. And even if you are: if you aren’t playing other sports and trying out new things you’re not doing “what Rich is doing”. Get it?
I’ve been crossfitting since 2009 so clearly I love this sport. And while I take CrossFit very seriously in regards to being a competitive athlete, I refuse to miss out on the world around me because of it.
I might miss a workout tomorrow because I feel like I need a rest day or because something else came up.
It’s not the end of the world and I’m not losing all my gains.
CrossFit does not define me. I define the way CrossFit plays out in my life. I am an athlete but I am also a mom, a girlfriend, a friend, a daughter, a coach, a physio and last but not least a woman who loves naps and ice-cream.
When was the last time you gave yourself permission to be YOU? When was the last time you did something spontaneous outside of the gym?
CrossFit is a great thing but it’s not the only thing. CrossFit will make you stronger, healthier and mentally more tough, but what’s the point if you only use those abilities in the gym?
A lot of CrossFitters put more effort into their training than into their personal relationships or their work and I find that very intruiging.
If this is you, dear CrossFitter, you are NOT training to “not suck at life”.