Self Doubt - "I'm not fit enough for CrossFit"
Written by Mike Jones
I’m not fit enough to do CrossFit…. It’s the most common barrier that stops people from making one of the best health decisions of their lives. A common but ugly trait amongst us humans is to listen to the voice of self doubt. This voice tries to keep us positioned in the center of our comfort zone and will find any logical reason to stop us from doing new things that might take us outside of that zone. I know how real that voice is, I have one too, so in this post we’ll do our best to remove it’s major excuses.
You don’t need to be fit to do CrossFit. You need to want to get fit. CrossFit is not a sport. If you want to play a sport there are certain fitness requirements that would help you do that. If you want to play a game of football then being able to run around for 90 minutes is going to help you significantly, if you can’t run around for 90 minutes then there is some truth in the statement ‘I’m not fit enough for football’. CrossFit isn’t a sport, CrossFit is a style of training that is designed to help individuals improve their health and fitness, continually, for the rest of their lives. You don't even need to be fit enough to 'do the workouts' we'll cover that in the next section. Our goal isn't to make you a fitness monster. Our goal is to help you get more from your life by being healthier, happier, fitter and stronger. We tie our goals in with your individual goals. Through our program we help individuals:
(if we listed all of the benefits of our training people would't believe us)
I’d like to start covering this point by highlighting that our classes aren’t like other classes, you’re not going to walk in, put your water bottle down then get into it. Our classes are personal, they are limited to 12 people, you’ll go through a full whiteboard briefing about the workout before you’ve even started a warm up and the coaches will discuss with you how you are going to tackle it. You’ll then get taught, or improve every single movement that’s in that workout. If you can’t do a pull-up, you won’t be the only one in the gym, if you struggle to run 400 meters, you won’t be the only one in the gym, if you can’t do a full squat, you won’t be the only one in the gym.
Before the workout begins, our coaches will go through, in detail, how you should do the workout, that’s you as an individual. We ensure that you get the right ‘stimulus’ from the workout and for that it often needs to be adapted. A good example of a tough workout could be:
This workout is designed to be challenging, but to be finished in under 30 minutes. Most wouldn't be able to complete it in 30 minutes so we change it for them to make it more appropriate. We often write three versions of the same workout on the board to cater to the wide variety of fitness levels of our clients. A few other options could be:
The point is, we want you to push yourself for 20-30 minutes (if your fitness allows) we don't want you to try and do something that is too hard, this just doesn't happen in our gym. As your fitness and confidence increases, our coaches will adapt your workouts to suit.
I can’t guarantee you’re going to enjoy training with us or at any other CrossFit gym, nobody can. CrossFit gyms don’t work like normal gyms, we don’t make our money from people with memberships that don’t turn up, we don’t have contracts, if our members aren’t enjoying their training then they leave. Therefore, it’s essential to us that you enjoy your training. We do all that we can to make sure you do, that makes us unlike any other fitness training you've done before:
You don’t need to get fitter to start CrossFit, you need to stop letting self doubt hold you back. Imagine all the amazing things you might have missed out on because of self doubt. If you started training tomorrow, imagine your health and fitness levels in 6 months. Most people we get through the door stay for years, getting through the door is the biggest step.
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About the Author: Mike is a CrossFit LV2 Instructor and Gym Owner. He is passionate about health and believes that the key to being healthy and happy is helping others do the same. He loves CrossFit because he believes it is the answer to a lot of modern life's health problems. Mike is influenced by asian culture and philosophy, particularly Buddhism. When Mike isn't coaching at or developing his gym he's working with businesses, schools and communities spreading a love for everything exercise, nutrition and mindfulness.