Working in a crossfit gym I see lots of motivated women on a daily basis. They come in, work hard, sweat and get shit done. They are unstoppable in the gym. However, they still don’t have the body they strive for. They want to look like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Lindsey Valenzuela, and Andrea Ager. I admit I am one of these women. Although they put in the work inside the gym, outside the gym is a different story. I believe success to earning your body is not only achieved inside of the gym but in the kitchen. When women come to me wanting to know why they aren’t seeing the results they want, my first response is what are you eating? Most of these ladies include process foods in their diet, sugar, and alcohol. I believe in order to see these extreme results you must cut these things out of your diet completely. Now, this is me saying, “Do as I say not as I do.” I admit, I love my red wine, processed foods and sugar are not a problem its that wine I enjoy every now and again that gets me! If you want to be great sometimes you must sacrifice things you enjoy. I encourage you all to clean out your kitchen, shape up your diet, and strive for greatness!
I was inspired not too long ago by one of the members in my gym who had lost control over one side of her body. She had a stroke after having her twins about 10 years ago. Looking to change her life, she came to HCF not knowing what she would be able to do with her limited mobility. I have had the pleasure of working with her since she joined and seeing her growth inside and out of the gym has been incredible. I watched her go from walking to running, stepping to jumping, doing modified pull ups on the rings to pull ups on the cage, using help to get into a rower to getting in it all by herself, and so much more. The progress has been astonishing! This woman, whether she knows it or not, inspires me daily. I see her come in the gym and work her ass off! Less than 100% is never an option for her. She works had, pushes hard, and makes me a better coach, athlete, and person. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with this woman, who is not only a client but now a friend!
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
Lets face it, life happens. Things don’t always go the way you want them to, but it is not what happens to you, it is how you handle the situation. You have two options when things go wrong: 1. You can be sad, mope around all day, and make everyone else feel bad for you, or 2. You can buck up and move on!
There comes a point in time where you cannot handle what happens to you, you can only decide how you are going to deal with that situation. Wake up. Put your big girl “game time” panties on. Live life with a positive attitude and inspire/encourage someone to do the same!
My entire life I have constantly had to prove myself. I had to prove I was going to make a great CrossFit Coach. I had to prove I was going to be a loving girlfriend. I had to prove that I was capable of doing prescribed loads in a workout and could hang with the big dogs. I had to prove I could live on my own. It’s been a long road of fighting for what I want, and everyday I still continue to fight. It has made me who I am. Nothing in life has ever been handed to me, I have had to work my ass off to get where I wanted to go. To this day, I still continue the fight. I fight hard and I fight long to turn my dreams into reality.
One of the things I love about CrossFit is the mantra “leave your ego at the door.” During any workout it is always you against yourself; being the best person you can be. Lately, I have seen lots of egos pop up here and there throughout the gym. Whether it is not scaling due to an injury, miscounting reps cheating themselves, or simply not listening to their coach while they are trying to explain the workout of the day.
To be direct, when you walk into the gym you are no better than anyone else. Whether you are a competitor or starting day one of on-ramp, expectations remain the same; work fucking hard, do your best, be kind to others, coaches, and yourself, and be HONEST! Don’t sell yourself short! Be humble, be diligent, be virtuous!
CrossFit is a unique sport. Unlike any other athletic competition, in CrossFit everyone is a cheerleader not only for themselves, but also for the person next to them. CrossFitters are responsible for pushing their neighbor, for letting them know that they can do more and go outside their comfort zone. CrossFitters stay until the last person finishes; cheering them on to move faster and do their very best. CrossFitters hold their friends and fellow teammates accountable when they fail to attend a class. CrossFit is not just about you. CrossFit is about the community, it is about support, pride, competition, and motivation. CrossFit is caring about your classmates, pushing them to achieve more, and accomplishing your goals together!
Life is hard.
We all have our own problems and struggles that we carry on our shoulders day to day. I’ve been crossfitting for 3 years now and crossfit has been my saving grace. It gives me the ability to let go of life’s difficulties and focus on me. After 3..2..1.. Go nothing else is on my mind except doing the very best I can. I sweat. I yell. I push myself to get in one more rep. But the last thing I do is think about the bullshit in life.
Crossfit is my happy place. I want to encourage the athletes at my gym to do the same. Leave your bullshit in your car, come in the gym and work your ass off. No more excuses. No more I cants. You pay to come here. Make the most out of your dollar and push yourself to that next level- get out of your comfort zone. This will not only help you in the gym but also in life. Show up, work hard and do your best. Make this your happy place!