Photo Cred Steve Arnoldus
Good Evening CFTP,
Such an amazing night last night with you all at the Halloween Beast Mode. So grateful for Becky and Chick-Fil-A South Jordan for providing such awesome food after the workout. Thank you for those of you who brought your husbands and wives for the first time. It was great to meet your other halves. Stay tuned in the near future for more beast modes.
Last week I talked about getting back in the saddle if you have missed or been inconsistent in the gym. This week I’d like to focus more on the mental aspect of being an athlete at the gym. I’ve been coaching for over 4 years full time. In these 4+ years I have made a lot of observations. I’ve seen many types of athletes come in the gym and I’ve seen many different attitudes and approaches to working out.
What I have learned is that if you are going to better your fitness level then you must challenge yourself. Throughout the years I have seen athletes get to a certain level and then just be satisfied with where they are at. Sometimes they tell themselves that there are certain things that I just won’t be able to do and they’re ok with that.
I think we can all agree that we are surrounded by amazing athletes at The Point. I am amazed daily at the feats some of these men and women do. We look at some of these people at amazement at just how amazing they are at pull-ups or at deadlifts, or running, or muscle ups. It is amazing. I am not going to take anything away from the awesomeness that is The Point athletes but I am going to say this… They all started somewhere. Many of these athletes started right where you are now. Just because you aren’t whipping out 30 pull-ups in a minute or running a sub 6 minute mile doesn’t mean it isn’t possible for you to get there.
We are all on our own journey and at different place in that journey. The awesome thing is that since all of us have been at that starting line we know what you are going through. You are surrounded by people who quite literally walked in your shoes. I wish I could go back and watch myself 5 years ago when I started CrossFit. I wish I could see just how poor my form was and just how much I struggled with double unders and watch those hundreds of misses I had on the rings before my first ring muscle up. I wish I could go back to that Dan and tell him to keep pushing. Don’t give up.
I hope that all of you can stand back and just look at how far you have come since joining us at The Point. As a coach I see it. I am amazed at everyone’s progress. It comes from your hard work and your dedication. If you could see yourself through the eye of all your coaches at The Point’s, I think you would be proud of how far you have come.
Now that you had a chance to think back I want you now to think of someone that could benefit from this type of environment. Most people are scared to join CrossFit because it feels too extreme for them. They don’t understand that they aren’t expected to lift 300 pounds the first day they walk in. This fear is keeping them from changing their lives like you all have since committing yourself to a better physical lifestyle. Invite your friends and family to change their lives.
You all are great examples to me and to those around you. I appreciate your hard work and for being more than just members of The Point but members of my extended family.
We are going to try something new this week. We will be releasing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday WODs on the Sunday before. I will throw them out there on a separate post so that those of you, like me, prefer to have minimal notice of what the WOD is can avoid the post. Be looking for that post later tonight.