Happy First Day of MAY! Here’s to hoping all those April showers we’ve had bring some pretty May Flowers.
If you’re reading this, you probably are at least somewhat trying to make your life better through fitness, good food, and all things pertaining to a healthy life. I dunno why else you’d read it. The gym is great for getting us looking and feeling good. Especially this time of year. Just think, “Mission: Beach Bod”,” The LGN plan” , and even just the “I want to feel comfortable wearing a tank top and shorts” plan.
But the gym has the potential to teach us all kinds of lessons as well… even ones that aren’t necessarily about getting that six pack or being able to fit in that bridesmaids dress you ordered a size smaller in to give you motivation to fit in it by the time of the wedding (only saying this because I did that once. A long time ago).
The gym, and more specifically for this post, CrossFit has the potential to teach us a lot about ourselves. I’ve talked about some of these observations before. A LOT actually. So, let’s recap a short list.
The gym has the potential to teach us:
- How to keep pushing through a challenge – especially when we want to give up.
- How to set goals and take steps to meet those goals.
- How to support one another (example: cheering for someone else to get through a workout OR celebrating someone else’s achievements).
- How to deal with our own success.
- How to deal with failure.
- How to deal when expectations aren’t met (not quite failure).
- How to love our bodies for what they can do instead of bashing them for how they don’t measure up to what society tells us they should look like.
I could write a novel on what I’ve personally learned from all of the above. And you’re prob like “Ok, Alison. We get it. That’s all you talk about on these posts.” Anndddd you right. But today I’ll save you from having to hear me elaborate on all of these. And these posts are supposed to be short.
So, for today, let’s just talk about how the gym has the potential to help us not give up when things get tough and to keep pushing through that challenge we’re facing.
Because let’s face it. Life isn’t easy. But we shouldn’t want to have it any other way. That would be no fun if we got everything we wanted and everything just worked out perfectly. So, the fun comes when we have to figure out how to maneuver our way through tough situations and come out on the other side.
Suffering it out in the gym does translate over to how we handle all life throws at us. Whether you’re working out by yourself in a globo gym, training for a race, or working out with a group in a CrossFit gym, no one said it was going to be easy. BUT you have options when things get tough – to keep going and prove to yourself that you’re worth it OR to give up and take the easiest route possible.
I posted something about this on Instagram last week. But as a trainer, I get to be a part of helping people change their lives around for the better, so every day is great. But the days I love best are the ones in which I get to watch people grind through mentally and physically exhausting workouts. I mean, I guess in CrossFit almost every day is like that, but you know… the days that leave people on the floor when they’re done because they can’t or don’t want to move when the workout finally finishes…or the days when you definitely messed up if you ate that bird dog at lunch and now you have to workout without hitting the vom button.
I love those days – not because I love watching people suffer – but because as a coach, I get to watch people grind through a difficult task, not give up, and get better in the process.
Giving your all in a workout that includes a large amount of burpees, the assault bike, rowing for calories, or just a lot of barbell conditioning isn’t easy. Yet we, (as adults) keep showing up and just doing it.
Because it helps us get our ish together, sweat out what’s holding us down, and prove to ourselves that we are capable of more than we thought we could handle.
So, keep showing up. Don’t give up. I promise that not only will you see changes in how you look and what you can do, but you’ll also see that you’ll be a little more ready to take on those day to day challenges as well.
Ok, that’s all I got for today. Keep working hard, crushing goals, and having fun in the process.
Oh. Almost forgot. Last thing before ya leave. I also wanted to celebrate the beginning of May (and lively this post up a little bit) with some music I’m loving right now in the gym. Because good music makes a good workout even better. I’m thinking about doing this every month, incase any of you needed to update your playlist. Shoutout to all of the guys this morning for letting me play my playlist today.
- Symphony – Clean Bandit, Zara Larson – This song WILL put you in a good mood.
- Despacito Remix – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber – This song is HOTT. I’ve already overplayed it.
- I’m The One – DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper
- Middle of the Night – The Vamps
- Partition – Beyonce (duh)
- Let the Groove Get In – JT (Justin Timberlake) THROWBACK
- Flawless Remix – Beyonce
- Portland – Drake
- At My Best – Machine Gun Kelly Featuring Hailee Steinfield
- Scared to be Lonely – Martin Garrix
- Gossip Folks – Missy Elliot Feat. Ludacris – THROWBACK
- Chataje – Shakira
- Believer – Imagine Dragons
- Break Up Every Night – The Chainsmokers
- HUMBLE – Kendrick Lamar (duh).
- Good Life – with G-Eazy & Kehlani