There is ONE THING every amazing workout has – even CrossFit
Yes, you read that correctly. If you know me, you know that I would rather have a client park themself on a couch and watch a full season of Game of Throwns than go to CrossFit. I am not going to go into all the negative aspects of this “workout” (I am sure you can guess what I would say) rather I am going to focus on the only positive virtue I do believe this workout fad does have. But first I must say that if you have ever done CrossFit regularly (I do not) I hope that what ever joint is currently injured heals as soon as possible and I also wanted to thank you for giving physical therapists job security. On the other hand, if you have never tried CrossFit then you are in luck because I am going to relay to you the one and only positive part of this workout in hopes of to saving you from surrounding yourself with screaming, grunting and sweat dripping beasts while putting your body in physical jeopardy.
CrossFit has created a movement in the fitness world that cannot be ignored and as crazy as this workout is, it provides something we all deeply crave. CrossFit “boxes” provide a space where you are challenged to move your body beyond what the mind thinks it can tolerate. It breaks down the mental barriers that say “you aren’t strong enough, you aren’t fast enough, you aren’t tough enough, ect” and replaces it with the confidence that the physically impossible is actually possible which then produces a sense of empowerment and mental resilience. I agree that the methods that are taken to evoke this mental transformation may only be appropriate for a very narrow margin of the world’s population but that is not the point. The point is that CrossFit is so loved by all walks of life because of the positive emotional response it elicits from those that do it.
This is the one and only thing I like about CrossFit BUT it is the one of the many reasons I love yoga.
Yoga has the ability to provoke the exact same response. The inner dialogue might be a little different and sound like “I will never be that flexible, I hate this breathing stuff, I can’t balance on my head” but the outcome is similar; you are pushed beyond your mental comfort level and you enter the terrifying area of uncertainty and possible failure.
You grow from fear. This is what AMAZING workouts are made of and it can be present in ANY workout. So the awesome thing is that no matter what way you choose to get your fitness on, you can still have an amazing workout if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and have a fear-full workout.
So here is my challenge to you:
What exercise have you wanted to try but avoid out of fear of failure, looking silly, or thinking you are not “fill-in-the-blank” enough?
Have you been avoiding getting back on the workout wagon out of fear of failure even though you know you need to do it for your health?
Has anyone ever said to you to live a fearless life? It sounds inspiring, doesn’t it? But really, if we all lived a fearless life we would never do anything remarkable or reach any goal worth reaching for. Telling someone to live a fearless life is basically telling you to NOT follow your dreams.
I challenge you to take courageous action and sign up for that yoga class, dust off those cycling shoes and lace up those running shoes because if you are able to live in your fear and come out unharmed on the other side it will carry over into all areas of your life and just think of all the possibilities!