CrossFit is hard...Like...REALLY hard.
But here's the funny part. It doesn't HAVE to be hard. If you wanted to, you could scale the workouts to a point that didn't challenge you. You could move slowly, take your time, and barely break a sweat.
So, why do we make it hard? Why do we push our limits? Why do we frequently put ourselves in situations that have us writhing around on the floor like we've been beaten within an inch of our lives?
Well, I don't know, or at least I don't know all the reasons we expose ourselves to the physical misery of CrossFit. However, today I thought of one more really great explanation for our infatuation with it.
I think we do CrossFit, and even become addicted to it, because it reveals strength, endurance, and capabilities that we were previously unaware of.
Whether you have goals of competing in the CrossFit Games, or goals of getting your first strict pull-up, I think we can all agree that we're doing things at the box we never DREAMED we'd be able to do.
I also think that when we're shocked by our physical abilities, we begin to wonder what other aspects of our lives could be different.
If our physical health isn't hopeless, maybe a struggling marriage isn't hopeless.
If working hard on our handstand push-ups paid off, maybe working hard on a business idea will pay off.
If you were able to hang on to the last few reps of Fran, maybe you can hang on to your last semester of college.
I believe CrossFit helps us see that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that we can affect the world around us in powerful ways. It's addictive because it exposes a surprising truth about ourselves...that we've been given the ability to do more than we ever thought possible.
Have a wonderful day!
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P.S. Designing custom speed ropes is also addictive. You've been warned :)
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