Why You Should Try a CrossFit Competition
So maybe you joined CrossFit because you wanted to get in shape, lose a few pounds, or because you were bored with your current workout routine. Maybe the Open wasn't your cup of tea, or may you actually liked the push that competing gave you. Well, no matter where you fall in, it's time for you to think about signing up for a local competition.
Last weekend, a team from Bolster competed in the 2nd Annual UnderDog Team Competition and gave some thoughts on why competing is the natural progression of your CrossFit journey.
"Thinking about signing up for a competition was a bit unnerving to me. Having only started Crossfit training 10 months ago, I felt like I wouldn’t be able to 'hang' with my fellow competitors. If this is disconcerting to you don’t worry you’re not the only one. You shouldn’t be deterred by this though.
"Remember, Crossfit is all about improving yourself. Pushing yourself to be faster, stronger, and healthier. And, while it’s nice to have that extra push from unfamiliar competition to bring out your best, don’t think about entering a competition simply to win. Use the motivation of a competition to your advantage. The threat of an impending comp can sharpen your training focus. Additionally, entering a competition is a good way to help identify weaknesses in your training – there’s no cherry picking events in a competition!
"The most important part of a competition is learning. The results of my first competition showed me that the programming at Crossfit Bolster is spot on. Across the board, both as an individual and a team, we performed at an even level for all the events. Use the results of your competition as another benchmark. I plan on renewing acquaintances with the WODs we did during the competition in a few months to see how much I’ve improved."
"While each day at the box can be a little bit of a competition, you are always thinking about how your doing this to get better. That is the goal of training. In competition, you are seeing how good your are. You go harder, deeper, and longer than you think you can. It's awesome to see where you are with your fitness and in the community. I can't say enough about training at CrossFit Bolster. Honestly, we do way harder WODs all the time at CFB. Therefore I feared nothing. I was able to just 'go hard'."
"It's easy to get complacent at the gym. For me, a lot of days just showing up is a victory and pushing harder is dependent on what else happened to me that day or what time it is. The competition was a way for me to battle back against that luke warm attitude and push hard.
"I'm used to competing, but as an adult, I get really nervous before 'game day'—whether it's roller derby, triathlons, or this competition. However, this time I felt more calm and in control. I had a great team that supported and pushed me through a lot of my own hang-ups about how I think I can perform. I'm not too humble to say I did awesome and pushed through some miserable stuff (running) to finish strong.
"Why compete? Because it's freaking fun. Because you never know what you can do until somebody makes you do it. Because what else are you doing with your weekend?!"
And finally, Bethany:
"Competing with a team was a great experience for me. I love working towards a common goal and leaning on each other strengths to get there. Even though I am new to CrossFit, I feel I can benefit from these types of competitions as a way to push myself to continue to improve.
"It was also a great opportunity to meet others in the CrossFit community!"