I have yet to meet or train anyone who has become happier after achieving 6-pack abs. That is the truth. And there are a few 6-packs running around this gym. I had a mean 6-pack…once…and although it was pretty damn cool I wasn’t any happier because of it. Then I lost it as soon as I also lost the time to train for 4+ hours a day.
The people who I know with consistent 6-pack abs either:
- train for a time equivalent to a part-time job, or
- know EXACTLY what they are putting into their body in terms of macronutrients – proteins, fats, and carbs – and they also train…A LOT.
Let’s get to the “happy” part. Unless you’re a gym rat who finds sheer joy in spending all of your free-time weight training and counting the macronutrient content in all of your food, then it’s simply not fun! And when it comes to doing something outside of our daily obligations and responsibilities that we don’t enjoy, we will just stop doing it. Very, very quickly.
What is fun, and challenging, and character-building is the CrossFit Open. Why? Well because it teaches you things about yourself and about training that not much else does unless you are a competitive athlete.
Three things I have learned from participating in the CrossFit Open:
- CrossFit is my form of exercise. I do it to stay fit and healthy, to be part of an amazing community, and to use my body to do work that I thrive off of. It has gotten me in the best shape of my life and has helped to make me strong, and build confidence and endurance. BUT…I am no CrossFit Games athlete. I do the workout, submit my score, and call it a day. I don’t have to sustain injury because of it, and it doesn’t value who I am as a person.
- It’s FUN!!! Ok, maybe not the hours, minutes, and seconds of anticipation before the workout begins, but once you’re in it feeling the sweat beads of accomplishment and hard work, and when the workout is complete, the sense of camaraderie and accomplishment is overwhelming. Fast friends are made during the 5 weeks of the Open.
Competition and testing my limits is a part of the growth that I daily strive for. We’re all human and therefore we seek comfort. But comfort never gets us far. In training as in all aspects of our lives we should step outside of those comfortable places and test ourselves. The CrossFit Open is a great time for that.