CrossFit. Why would anyone do it? It's hard. It hurts. It's mentally and physically exhausting.
So how has CrossFit become the world's leading fitness trend?
Well, I don't know.
But that's not a very entertaining answer, so let me say this...I kinda know.
Occasionally, I stumble on one more reason CrossFit makes sense, and I had one of those moments the other day.
I was contemplating work.
So much of our "work" these days does not involve physical activity. It's email, it's research, it's attending meetings...etc. With all that "work," and with all the different directions we can take locally, and through the web, I think we can become very overwhelmed.
Should you email that person, or should you write that proposal? Should you make that phone call, or should you pay that invoice...or check your voicemail...or run that errand...or schedule that appointment...etc.
Many times we just end up languishing in a pile of unfinished tasks, not knowing where to start, or what to do.
The work we do at CrossFit is different. CrossFit says start here, finish there....Or...Do this. We'll measure it.
The work CrossFit offers is very simple. It lets us put our worry, anxiety, and hesitation on hold long enough to simply WORK.
We need that. We need to know that our effort does things, that we can affect the world around us, that we're able to accomplish what we set out to do.
Granted, it's not like we're doing a barn raising or something. We're not doing any ACTUAL work. We're doing work for work's sake, but it's still of great value.
Show me someone with their head in their hands wondering what in the world they're going to do with their life before a workout, and I'll show you someone with their chin up, and full of hope when they walk out of the WOD.
Why? Because the physical act of doing work shows us that we are not helpless, that we can do hard stuff, and that we're capable of more than we ever imagined.
If you're having one of those "head in your hands" type of days, I hope you'll have enough courage to drag yourself to the gym.
Whether you're having a pity party for yourself, or you're going through something VERY real, and VERY difficult, the work you do at CrossFit will reveal the truth about the strength you have, and the person you are. Once you know that, the world is a lot easier to deal with.
Have a wonderfully hard workout :)
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