Some of you know this story because I've posted about it a few times over the last few years. It's about the first time I tried swimming. In high school we were told to line up to swim 100m. Those who couldn't swim were to sit down on the side and watch. Well my ego (and my friends) told me that I should give it a go - despite the fact that I was hell scared of the water; and never tried to swim previously. So I jumped in the deep end of Blacktown swimming pools.....and sank...and came up....and sank....and came up and sank....with my fingers each time going 1,2,3 (the signal for help). Within 15 seconds the lifeguard jumped in and pulled me out of the water. Ah yep. Yes I literally jumped into the deep end of the swimming pool. It was sheer stupdity and ego. However after that first effort I was never afraid of the water again.
Over the years I have learned how to swim (barely enough to survive). I have learned a number of lessons from swimming including - if I stop moving, I will just get carried away....into drowning and death! haha. However if I continually move and position myself in the right way I will survive.
There is no such thing as sitting on the fence when it comes to fitness and health. We are either moving backwards or forwards; we are either sinking or swimming. I witness a lot of this backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards - not just in a physical sense, but also mental.
CrossFit introduces us to a whole lot of workouts that completely SUCK because they are painful to do! And it's so very darn easy to avoid them. But this is what makes CrossFit work. If you can overcome your fear of pain and do the sucky WODs, you will be better for it - you will be moving forward. The people who make the biggest positive changes in CrossFit are those who simply do the workouts on the whiteboard - regardless of how awful it is to them. So if you've picked the CrossFit path as your route to fitness, end the excuses - infuse your heart with a real desire to change and get to it!
thanks for reading,
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