This post is for my team at Olive Branch CrossFit. However, I imagine there are more of you like us out there. Former fat and out of shape individuals that have found CrossFit and now find themselves with a very real need (addiction?) to get to the gym every day of the week. I empathize with you, and I share the very same addiction. I’m scared of that fat guy that I use to be. I don’t ever want him to come back into my life. Screw this guy:
I do not want to ever see this guy again, and to be perfectly honest it haunts me a little bit. Whenever I can’t train or don’t train I feel this guy creeping up behind me with a pizza and a six pack of beer. Even if I miss one day. You can imagine how bad it was for me mentally when I broke my foot. I’ve learned something very important over the last 4 years though. I’ve learned that this guy is gone and he isn’t coming back. I’ve learned that while I may have an addiction to getting more fit, I have changed my lifestyle. Permanently.
All of that to say, we have a lot of new athletes training 5-6 days a week. I’m never going to tell you not to come to the gym since I understand that some of you may NEED to come to the gym. I DO want to tell you that you are welcome at the gym any time it is open. You do not have to participate in class. You do not have to “WoD,” you can simply sit and foam roll the hell out of your quads if need be. If you need to come in and knock out a recovery row, do some mobility or just randomly shout motivating phrases at other people working out; that is totally fine. I want you to know that I understand that you need to get to the gym, however I do not need you to overdo it and hurt yourself. If you injure yourself, you won’t be able to train at all and you WILL be worse off. So, if you are like me and need to get to the gym 5-7 days a week here are some tips:
- MobilityWOD – Come in and do mobility
- Come in and ask the coach if you can just do a light Row or Run workout
- Come in and practice something you suck at
- Bring coffee to your coach
- Come in and watch a class and encourage the other athletes
Seriously, these things might seem silly to you, but if you are like me then sometimes just coming to the gym is good therapy and keeps you from eating donuts or whatever your particular vice might be. When the gym is open, you are welcome. We care about you and we want to see you achieve your goals and we want to see you make a permanent lifestyle change. We DO NOT want you to hurt yourself. If you are on your 3rd or 4th day of training in a row and you feel completely wiped out please let your coach know. You don’t have to stay home, but you may need to do something other than heavy front squats.
See you in the gym!
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