Has it been 5 years of CrossFit already?

By September 26, 2016CrossFit

A little ditty on our CrossFit anniversary…

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2011, last night in our first location

I can’t believe I just typed that. Neil and I have been doing CrossFit for 5 years. It probably sounds somewhat smug, but most people don’t celebrate their gym anniversaries. That’s a testament to why CrossFit (and especially our community) is so significant and valuable. Because not only do I feel the need to acknowledge every year, but there are more years. My fitness is not something I picked up and put down. It’s never faded or become old hat. If anything, it continues to grow in my life.

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2013, after HOA team competition

CrossFit has taught me to define fitness not only by its methodology but the entire spectrum of my health. It’s taught me to constantly seek improvement, whether it be in my lifts, or the quality of my sleep and time with family. I’m less afraid to tackle new or hard challenges, and my attitude has more optimism than a church revival. I strive constantly to be a better person, a better example, and a better support to others.

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2016, after CrossFit Open Workout 16.5

Being new at something is never easy, but if I were to give one piece of advice to new athletes (in any sport really) it would be to make it your own. Focus on just your pieces of fitness. I was so intimidated by others for far too long. And I thought that if I wasn’t the best, that I was less “good” or would be seen as less of an athlete. Having the heaviest lifts or the fastest times doesn’t define you, the work and your attitude does. Celebrate all the little moments, find your tribe, and savor every moment of the adventure.

Here’s to five more years…