I have been working in the fitness industry for several years now, but lead an active lifestyle since my childhood. My parents always encouraged me to try new sports and play outside – which was never a problem, until they asked me to come back inside.
Growing up I played soccer, lacrosse, horseback rode, played volleyball, did gymnastics, ran in track and field, and loved them all. This certainly has played a large role in what made me want to get into the fitness industry.
Do what you love, right? The old mantra- do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life is absolutely true. I love my job, I really -really do. Life however, can make everything more complicated.
Between planning a wedding (which is very fun, but definitely stressful), trying to buy a house, and manage a gym – things can get overwhelming at times. This is why I believe, even if CrossFit is your life- you need to Cross-train, always
In case you haven’t guessed, I’m a kool-aid drinking, lifestyle living, CrossFit addict. I manage a CrossFit gym (the best one ever!!!) and really love absolutely everything about what this “sport of fitness” has done for me. It has given me new motivation, a career I enjoy, and a great workout regiment. BUT, and there always is a BUT… I can’t just “do” CrossFit. You have to “live” CrossFit.
What I mean here is, part of Greg Glassman’s (the founder of CrossFit) description of what CrossFit is, includes – trying new sports! Becoming a master of not one specific thing, but a master of the unknown, and unknowable….
WTF does that mean?!?!?!
It means… Don’t let yourself get trapped in the box. CrossFit workouts are not boring, nor will they ever be. HOWEVER…Working out in a gym, ANY gym can get redundant. As humans, we have an innate desire to explore.
What I want to encourage here, is for those of you new to CrossFit, or even if you aren’t new. Don’t forget that vital information “try new sports regularly.”
Get outside. Play a game of pick up soccer. Try a hot yoga class. Ride your bike. Go for a hike. Play fetch with your dog. AMRAP rake your yard. Make up a workout you can do in between commercials for heaven’s sake. Heck, get a massage.
My point is… Try something new. Once a month. Minimum. Enjoy life, and don’t let the everyday grind get in your way. You only have one!