Sweat, Puke, Rinse, Repeat! Simply put, our bodies are amazing, our hard work is awesome, and winning is a sensational feeling. With a triple victory, what else could you ask for? CrossFit was created by Greg Glassman. It is a strength and conditioning program which many tactical teams, police academies, martial artists, and military special ops units use to create the perfect application for anyone who is committed, regardless of their experience. From cage fighters to elderly individuals with heart disease, this program is an impressive movement provides a strong propensity for hard work.
CrossFit aims to constantly vary functional movement, which is performed at a high intensity. The actual definition is ‘an increased work-capacity across modal domains and broad time’, which means the ability to do a ass-load of work in various ways in various amounts of time. Whoever does the most wins because they are the most fit.
Here is a rope.Here is a weight.Here is a box.
Now climb, lift, and jump.
Who will accomplish the most in a fifteen minute period? Whoever does the most, wins. It is that simple. But what is it about CrossFit that makes it super kick ass? With regular exercise, you will raise endorphins, provide an outlet for your stress, and lower cortisol, which makes for a way less-stressed you. This can be great for you at in general, but also in at home and in the office as well. Yes, yes, and more yes! Not only does CrossFit change your mental attitude, but it helps generate a more happy, healthy, you–and isn’t that every one’s major goal in life?
Here are 10 reasons why CrossFit is awesome:
1. Get Sick Less Often–WAY Less Often!
CrossFitters make for a healthy, resilient bunch! By maintaining a healthy diet (more than likely with Paleo Lean), you are increasing your energy levels and increasing your immunity as well. Exercising regularly helps strengthen your physical strength, immune system, and makes us less susceptible to injuries and nasty viruses.
Have you ever noticed that when everyone seems to be sick, you might feel a bit drowsier than usual, but as a whole you just keep on truckin’ through the cloud of sickness? Yeah, sure, some may snicker as you steadily munch down on some kale-chips, tuna-everything, and protein enriched nut mixes, but you know that one day, the sickness will come again, and it won’t be after you! Ultimately, this rule applies to anyone who is dedicated to exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy diet.
Besides, CrossFit makes you awesome, and who doesn’t want to be awesome?!
2. CrossFitters Connect
I am sure you have heard the joke: “How can you tell if someone is doing CrossFit?”, And someone replied, “Well, to be honest and truthful, I even have it on my CV!”. Well, even if you have not heard that one–discovering others who share the same connections and hobbies as you (especially someone you work with) can be grounds for easy conversation and great connections. You will ultimately be regarded as a better person (and feel better about yourself too), when you feel like you are part of a team. A bad ass CrossFit team!
3. A Positive Change In Productivity Throughout Your Day
A Healthy lifestyles means a less need for supplements. By supplements, we are talking about energy-boosters, such as energy drinks, coffee and tea, and those cute little 5 hour energy bottles. Why would you need them when your days of 2:30-funks are left in the dust thanks to CrossFit and its bad ass ability to provide us a well fuelled every level throughout the day?
Regular meals are your main source of energy, so instead of heading straight to the gas station for a quicker-picker-upper, you will still be pumped and feeling great–able to plow right on through your day leaving your colleagues in your dust! Um, AMAZING!
4. You Don’t Just Want Physical Strength–You Want Mental Strength, Too!
CrossFit athletes who make progress are dedicated to hard work. You get out what you put in. Not everyone has the strength to drudge through endless sessions of killer workout and exercise routines, such as wall balls, sumo-dead lifts, toes to bar, and thrusters! When faced with a challenge–busy shifts or complicated matters to resolve generally speaking–CrossFitters know how to approach issues by breaking them down and turning them into manageable sections, because you are able to preserve much of your energy, as well as maintain and apply outstanding self-control!
5. Slackers Lose!
Slackers may as well put a big-red-X through their daily agendas, but not you! As a CrossFit athlete, you maintain progress by increasing endurance, strength, and stamina. (Not to mention every other aspect of physical performance!) All of these require dedication, and hard work on your end, but you are willing to do this to achieve the euphoric-high you receive by pushing through, and reaching your goals. You know that by performing shallow air-squats, or not getting your chest to deck during a push-up, you are only cheating yourself! To a CrossFitter, that seems like a waste of perfectly good chance to increase your abilities. You take these values seriously, and imply them to your everyday life–to every aspect of your life.
You are a 100-percent-er, you carry these values with you to work, give 110% on all of your daily tasks, and you are efficient and organized in displaying these qualities because you are a go-getter, you go and get it, and you bring it back! A true CrossFitter have the ability to ‘role model’ these techniques throughout the course of their day.
6. Bad Ass Time Management Skills
As a CrossFitter, you have mastered the skill of using time wisely. With your hectic schedule, it is not always easy to make it to the gym 3-5 times per week–not to mention any personal extra curricular activities you enjoy after work! You must plan your routine around family, social commitments, kids, and work! What a headache! CrossFitters usually plan their week out ahead of time, around their CrossFit sessions. You will find yourself very aware of everything that you have going on, and be able to manage it all–which is key. Any CrossFitter who can pull this off as a long-term commitment will be able to easily sort through their calendars, making time management a breeze.
Let us take a poll–how many lazy CrossFitters have you met? Oh, none? Not sure anyone has heard of one! Slackers are not particularly able to last any length of time in an environment that requires your keen decision-making on how hard you are able to work. There are thinkers, and then there are doers. CrossFitters are by all means the true definition of ‘doers’. Setting goals and working hard to attain these goals–if you need to do something, you get up and do it! No questions asked, no lolly-gagging or wandering aimlessly trying your damnedest to procrastinate, not you!
CrossFitters understand time is precious. Why would you waste your time if you can easily manage and attain your goals in a timely manner? You wouldn’t! More than likely, if you see others around you need anything after you have completed the tasks you have set out to do. You are proactive. You have no problem going out of your way to find something else to do. It all goes back to this: A body which is in motion, stays in motion. A body in rest, tends to stay in rest. You have heard that one before, we all have. CrossFitters just do it better!
8. Ability To Maintain Your Stress
CrossFitters maintain lower stress levels generally speaking. You possess the remarkable ability to prioritize your time during the day to get to the gym by changing your thought process. Instead of stressing over your hectic day of meetings, crying children and terrible weather, you head to the gym and feel great knowing what makes you stronger not only makes you happier, but healthier, too. You just feel great after a good workout session! Regular exercise is known to raise endorphins, provide us with an outlet for stress, and lower cortisol–the makings for a less stressed you–which is great for everyone who surrounds you! (Especially the guy next to you!)
9. Passion Shines Though Your Every Sweat-Drenched Pore
A CrossFit lifestyle comes with challenge, which is fine, because you enjoy it. Many CrossFitters have had their lifestyle choices challenged by others. Some say it is a cult, some fear injury–others insist it is just a fad, that there is no science behind it. I know you have heard this one: “Bread is full of great nutritional values and important nutrients, our bodies have adapted to the needs which bread provides.” Well, you have got some news for them–you are going to take a deep breath, and methodically prove them wrong with your structured argumentative abilities, and take their criticism on head-first.
You won’t necessarily turn blue-in-the-face trying to convince others of all the benefits of your lifestyle, but you will display your skills-to-pay-the-bills with confidence, and know that the right information will land you logical, constructed arguments in which to counter anyone who wants to argue about your personal choices. Some will come to see through the eyes of CrossFitters, others will remain uneducated and ignorant to the greatness you provide yourself on a daily basis.
10. The CrossFit Games
CrossFit initially set out to increase work-capacities over a long period of time–and since then, the entire spectrum has evolved into a sport. Whoever produces the greatest amount of work under the provided circumstances is crowned champion. Two renowned CrossFitters are Chris Spealler, and Kristan Cleaver.
Chris Spealler began CrossFit without a coach in 2006, and has now as a completed certificate in the course CrossFit Level One. He has attended more than one specialty course, and has experienced a life-changing journey because of CrossFit. He trains others, and speaks out about how lucky he finds himself to be a part of some of the earliest years of CrossFit, as he enjoys seeing new growth and how it benefits so many different people.
Kristan Clever is another popular name you have more than likely heard of. She believes that there is more to this lifestyle, and thanks to The CrossFit games, now has the opportunity to prove this to her family. She also believes that everything should be gone into with a strategy behind it so every outcome has a better chance of becoming a successful, or great outcome. She has been participating in The Games since 2010.
So you see, while CrossFit is challenging as hell, its tough-as-nails nature attacks competitive types, and everyone works their ass off. From fitness programs to Games, new enthusiasts have emerged. Check out any CrossFit box, and you are sure to find a group of welcoming and friendly fitness-freaks. It is exciting to be so ‘amped up’ about getting fit, and CrossFitters love to share their passion. Anytime you bring a butt-load of people together to work incredibly hard, good things will come. That is why team mates are tight-knit, successful, and extremely loyal. Everything they do is extreme–how awesome is that?! The most magical aspect of CrossFit, is that it is a great community, an awesome community, a movement.
Faster, Longer, Harder. CrossFit!
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We have all been there, looking at something and wishing we had it. The girl, the car, the money, the family, the lifestyle…but then we tell ourselves “Yeah, but that’s not me”. The people who get that are cut from a different cloth and we keep telling ourselves that until it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We waste the wings we got believing the entire time that we can’t fly and that it’s impossible for us. We don’t even see our wings most of the time. (more…)
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I wrote a blog post based on a mini-series I did for my Subscribers on the Achieve the Impossible App and have packaged it up in two parts to share here. If you missed Part One, quick click here and have a read over that first before reading any further!
One of the first obstacles we’re going to face on this journey towards risk is one that often strikes a damaging blow to our pride and can sometimes take us to our knees. As you embark on this journey, I can almost guarantee that we will take a wrong turn from time to time, we will read the map wrong (I’ll take the hit, I’m the navigator – sorry!) which will send us off course.
When you’ve taken a wrong turn driving, what is your first thought? DAMN IT. (Yep, me too!) What’s your second thought? Is it ‘ahh, I’ve stuffed up. I’m gonna just pull over and sit here until either the roads and maps magically change in my favor or someone comes to rescue me?’ Or do we think ‘Ok, what’s the quickest way to get back on my path?’
When we stuff up, make a mistake, choose the wrong software, tell the wrong people or say the wrong thing, we don’t just pack up our dreams and hide. NO. We pick ourselves back up. We face the right direction (or what we believe is the right direction) and we MOVE FORWARD.
I don’t care if you start by walking one ginger step at a time, just start! Those small steps gain momentum and eventually lead to a jog, then before you know it, you’re back running!
Mistakes aren’t meant to end us, they are there to redirect us. Anytime you embark on an unknown journey you’re going to make mistakes.How you respond is the only thing I want you to focus on. Respond with reflection, movement and momentum in the direction of your dreams.
On our journey, we’re going to make mistakes and take wrong turns from time to time, but we choose to pick ourselves back up, and get back on that journey! We’re not staying stuck, we’re ‘running to risk’! As we get back on this journey, we’re going to need to make a decision to take action and invest in risk.
Sounds like I’m about to write a message on Warren Buffett’s worst nightmare. But that’s not the risk I’m talking about and it’s not the investing I’m talking about. Sleep tight, Warren. This risk I’m talking about is the thing that stands between you and your dream. The thing that you’ve told yourself is too strong, too powerful and too insurmountable to climb.
It’s often the case that the risk we perceive in our own minds is actually far greater than it truly is in reality. I remember as a child, visiting a museum and being fascinated by a scary looking dinosaur down the other side of the room. It looked ferocious and intimidating from across the room, and as I walked closer and closer, the dinosaur, through the magic of perspective, got bigger and bigger.
That’s where I feel we are at right now on our journey towards risk. We’ve identified the risk standing between us and our dreams, and we’re taking the tentative first steps towards it. As we step closer and closer to risk, it will look bigger. You’ll start to compare the size of it to you, and don’t be surprised if it grows each step you take. But, have faith.
The closer I got to the dinosaur, the bigger it became. I had a choice to let fear or faith determine my next steps. I continued walking step by step towards the prehistoric creature. Then something strange happened.
Yes, the closer I got to the creature, the bigger it became. But then something else came into the picture. The closer I got, the more detail I was noticing. What I thought were bone-crunching teeth were actually a matte white plastic, what I thought was impenetrable skin was old flaking greeny-brown paint. Those eyes that glared at you from across the room, were now nothing but big marble sized spheres of glass.
When we step towards fear, yes it gets bigger – but as we invest in faith and continue to live our lives in the direction of our dreams, we expose the master of risk…FEAR.
Invest in those extra steps this week as you get closer to risk to point out the finer details, you’re going to realise it’s not as scary as it once seemed. Those steps aren’t always going to come easy though, because the journey towards risk is an interesting one.
There’ll be times when you’re pumped full of Adrenalin, bashing down every obstacle that comes your way. There will be times where you’re cruising on a nice downhill slope, enjoying the scenery and wondering why it took you this long to convince yourself to get here!
Then there’ll be times when things aren’t easy. Just like my climb this evening up a little mountain by my home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. I started out full of energy, pumped for the adventure ahead, then five minutes into the usually very achievable rocky steps, my legs started really feeling it.
“You’ll never know your strength until you’ve faced your struggles.”
The Adrenalin gave way to frustration, to fear and to my quickly draining self-belief in my fitness. I continued one painful step at a time. I wasn’t going the pace I normally would, but knew this mountain could be conquered one slow step at a time.
As I slowly neared the end of the steps, my legs were burning, my heart pounding and my mindset weakening. Two quiet words burst through my pain…
I’m pretty sure I’ve never said this going up the mountain before, but it seemed fitting. As I climbed one step at a time, ‘stay strong’ became my repeated mantra. After the season of pain and intentional mindset building, I reached the summit of the mountain and cruised my way back down.
There is such an incredibly untapped power within our self-belief and mindset, which shapes our self-talk. On your journey towards your risk, I can almost guarantee you’ll be faced with steps that seem too difficult, too challenging, too much to conquer.
Remember…’stay strong’. You’re on this path for a reason – you’re capable of completing it. You’ve come this far, see it through. Your ‘impossible’ dream is counting on you to conquer fear and run to risk!
This blog is based off the mini-series ‘Run to Risk’ first featured on the Achieve the Impossible App, accompanied by downloadable wallpapers and daily inspiring messages to inspire, challenge and equip you to achieve your impossible dream. Download the Achieve the Impossible App and start your free trial today!
(Part 1) Conquering the Impossible Space Between Where You Are Now and Where You Want to Be
Deep down, you know exactly what you are capable of. There’s even moments where you get a glimpse of all the potential you have. You can get there. You just have to be willing to sacrifice the habits, things and situations that are standing in the way of your success. I honestly believe “Running to Risk” has the power to unlock mindsets and belief systems that have been holding you back from your true potential (I’m naturally conservative so it’s big coming from me!)
Before we do something crazy and ‘run to risk’, let’s take stock of where we are today and our foundational beliefs in our potential and true capacity. In the day-to-day act of living, waking up, coffee, breakfast, school drop-offs, work, more coffee, home, homework, dinner, finish off emails, glass or two of (insert drink here), collapse on couch, Netflix etc. We can become disconnected with our true potential and capacity.
You are being pulled from all sides – your family, your boss, your colleagues, your partner, your friends, even your dog. You can be forgiven for prioritising the present over the future.
To set up this series on healthy and personal-capacity fuelled risk, I want you to invest a moment or two searching deep within yourself.
- What’s in your heart for 2019?
- What is one thing you would look back on come 31st Dec 2019 and be proud of your personal accomplishment?
- What’s something that scares you?
- What’s that one thing that has been on the back of your mind that you’d love to put your name to in your lifetime?
The answer to the above is the thing we’re going to focus on in part one of this post. We’re focusing on it because with every achievement that challenges our personal capacity and unlocks our potential, there will be an element of risk.
Risk Is Scary!
Risk stares you in the face from afar and says ‘don’t you dare approach. Don’t even try’. This is when you’re faced with a decision to make, and the best (and also worst!) thing about it is you’re the only one who can make it!
As you make this decision to ‘run to risk’, the regret of not running has to be stronger than your personal comfort. Your comfort must give way to your calling. Your present must give way to your potential.
Think about the one thing on your heart – the thing that helps you step into your calling and potential. The thing with risk looming all over it. Let’s build the strength, self-belief, courage, boldness and tenacity to ‘Run to Risk.’ But what about timing? I’m not sure if I should be pursuing my dream now.
“You can’t always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes, you have to dare to do it because life is too short to wonder what might have been.”
We’re not running to risk for a laugh and a good time, we’re running to risk because that dream in our hearts for 2019 is worth pursuing. When faced with the potential of risk, we often come up with thoughts and reasons to justify our lack of momentum or progress.
I don’t know how!
I don’t have the money!
I don’t have the connections!
But one of the most common excuses I hear (I know, because I hear it from myself) is a little sentence that has killed more dreams and crushed more souls than most. ’It’s not the right time’.
It’s one of the most powerful excuses because it bulldozes every other excuse by default. You’ll always meet more people, money comes and goes, but once time is gone, it’s gone forever. This excuse becomes our default without us even realising it.
I remember when I was wanting to launch a few online courses, a podcast and a book. (These are all my risks for 2019). But they were also my goals for 2017 and 2018. Sadly, I put my insecurities ahead of my identity and my convenience over my calling. Looking back now, each excuse I held to for not launching these projects was based on timing.
First, the IG algorithms were affecting posts, then someone else launched a podcast in my niche and gosh, I couldn’t do that! Next, as I was writing my IG Online Course, another one came on the market. Nope, can’t do that now. I’ll wait until the marketing heat dies down on that one. The exact same situation with my book launch…it just wasn’t quite the right time.
Here’s what I learnt and something I want to share with you, there’s never a right time to do the thing that’s on your heart. The right time will never simply show up, you’ve got the time, now it’s up to you to make it right!
Looking back, I’ve felt the pain of regret and don’t want to let the fear of risk lead to regret again. Now is the time to look risk dead square in the eyes and say ‘ready or not, here I come’. Yeah, the I could start now I guess…I know what I want to do and I kinda believe now is as good of time as any…I’m honestly not sure where to start.
“Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.”
Now It’s Time!
We’ve just told risk we’re coming for it. We’ve made the decision to put our calling over our comfort and choose to be lead by faith not fear. Now it’s the time to start. We’re starting right now because we have been given the time, and we’ve got complete power and control to make it the ‘right time’. We’ve made the decision to go after that thing that’s on our heart, the thing we’ve always wanted to do, the thing that has been too risky.
Not anymore. Today, we start.
There is huge power in the start. When we start, we have the luxury of being on home ground. We are making more decisions for ourselves, rather than having to make decisions based on responses which we will have to inevitably do down the road.
Today, we start.
We’re filled fresh with enthusiasm, passion and driven by our desire to accomplish something meaningful this year. Yesterday, we may have had a loss to our name, we may have stumbled and fallen…but you’ve picked yourself up.
Today, we start.
We look to the future with our heads held high, the hopes of a brighter future with that dream in our heart knowing that we are valiantly pursuing it despite the risk. We know our dream, we know we are capable of achieving it, we know we’ve got the time and today, we start.
We start the journey as we ‘Run to Risk’.This blog is based off the mini-series ‘Run to Risk’ first featured on the Achieve the Impossible App, accompanied by downloadable wallpapers and daily inspiring messages to inspire, challenge and equip you to achieve your impossible dream. Download the Achieve the Impossible App and start your free trial today!
It’s What You Do On A ‘Bad Day’ That Matters.
Last Friday was a bad day for me. I woke up late, missed the gym and didn’t meditate.
None of this was intentional.
I then turned my computer on to do what I do every day: blog. I was not prepared for the whirlwind that followed.
As I opened up my social media channels, there were a lot more than usual, direct messages. I started reading each one and they were from colleagues and friends who wanted to warn me that I had a large amount of hate-fuelled comments on social media. I’m usually pretty good at dealing with hate comments. Not on that day, though — I was having a ‘bad day.’
I turned off the computer and didn’t respond to anybody. In the same week, I’d been told I was now a LinkedIn Top Voice for 2018.
I should have been celebrating and I didn’t because I didn’t feel worthy. If anything, I wanted to give up there and then. Luckily I didn’t follow through with any of these ideas. I knew it was just noise in my awful day.
I went away to sit on the couch and think about what I’d just read. Without really thinking about what I was going to do for the rest of the day, I began thinking about my team at work. There were several leadership challenges that I had to solve.
One was from a customer that was being abusive to female staff. Another was a rejection I had to deliver to someone that wanted to work with us. The hardest part about delivering the rejection was that I’d already said yes.
Despite the day being bad, I made a fundamental decision — to keep doing what I do and not stop. I said to myself “How can I inspire people while simultaneously solving both these challenges?”
I’m a big believer that it’s not what you say that matters; it’s what you do. Talk is cheap. I came up with a bold plan to address both challenges.
I was going to do something that made me see the good in the people involved.
Even if the people in both situations had let me down, I was going to assume they were still good.
I concocted a plan to help both people and try and show them a more positive way to move forward. If I break down the plan, it was about being an inspiration in both situations.
I didn’t feel like being inspiring.
It was not the day to be inspiring.
But it was the only way I could motivate myself to finish off this bad day and wake up the next morning fresh. It’s funny how a good nights sleep takes away all the pain and negativity from the day before.
So, by the end of the day, I enabled both plans. I set out to release inspiration in both scenarios and that was my only focus. I didn’t look at anymore hate fuelled comments or go near social media.
On that bad day last Friday, my actions helped me keep moving forward and not give up.
It’s not about necessarily seeing the good in your bad day.
I’ve read this sort of advice heaps, but it requires a lot of willpower.
“Using your actions to make the day better rather than trying to think your way out of your bad day seems to be a lot easier to implement”
It’s not about the bad day.
Bad days will happen.
It’s what you do on a bad day that determines if you’ll feel the full effect of all the negativity that can potentially knock you out like a Tsunami that comes your way when all you wanted to do was lay on the beach and soak up some sun.
I’ve learned to find situations during a day that’s not working out well for me, to do something good, and often that’s not something that benefits me. If I was to look at it another way it would be “How do I not focus on my own bad day?”
Trying to make someone else’s day good distracts you from your own bad day.
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