With the New Year upon us millions of people will be making New Year resolutions; Resolutions that this year is going to be different from last year…different from all the previous years before that. This year they are going to stick to their resolution. This year, people are going to make a lasting change. We all know this song and dance and we all know how it will eventually, inevitably end. Once the initial hype is gone, our desire fades and our resolve fails us and we give up on them… until the next New Year to try again. This cycle will go round and round without any true lasting change.
Unfortunately, this is for many of us a mirror image of our fitness journey. I have been in several CrossFit gyms over the past years. I have seen countless people come in who are hyped, excited and ready to change their lives, or at least the way they stay fit. However, before long the passion fades, the desire is gone, and they show up less and less until they eventually never come back. This is because excitement is never enough. Anyone who has been in a relationship more than a few months knows what I am talking about. Once the ‘honeymoon phase’ is over and all you are left with is the person as they are instead of what you may have initially thought, things change. Often times we realize without that initial excitement the relationship we had was empty and the only reason we were with that person was simply because it was new and exciting. A relationship with fitness and a relationship with a person are very similar and anyone who says different hasn’t been doing either of them long enough. When our ‘honeymoon phase’ with one way of fitness is over we breakup and begin a desperate search trying to find that excitement we initially felt eventually leading us to something new. At least until that new thing gets old as it inevitably will and we will move on to the next new thing. This desire for something new will continue leading us in circles chasing our tails until we get tired and stop trying all together.
Excitement and the initial passion simply is not enough. The question is then, what is enough to keep us with it? You need a reason. In fact more than just a reason, you need a driving force that will keep you coming back both in a relationship with a person and with fitness. Trust me if you are around long enough the time will come when the last thing you want to do is go to the gym. This may last for a day a week, or even months. If your only reason to go back is because you want to look good, you are already on the edge of not returning. You need to find something that is going to get you to the gym. Something that is worth the pain we put ourselves through. You need something more than a number to reach, or an idea of how you want to look, more than because you will feel guilty if you don’t go.
The reason or reasons are going to be different for everyone. No one can tell you you’re reason but you. It could be because you want to be the best in this sport. It could be because you are a parent and you want to set an example of a healthy dedicated life for your children. It could be because you want to be the best possible version of yourself. If you are one of our athletes that has had more life experience than most it could be because you have watched your friends slow down, stop moving and slowly deteriorate and you don’t want that to happen to you. It could be because you want to be able to play with your children or grandchildren. It could be because you have been overweight your whole life and you want desperately to be in better shape. It could be because heart disease runs in your family, like it does in mine, and you have lost people close to you because of it. Your reason could be because you suffered from an addiction and knowing you have a group of people who care about you and a place you can channel your energy has kept you away from that life.
These are all reasons people have personally told me as to why they CrossFit. Reasons why they keep coming back on the dark days and make the bright days that much better. So now it’s your turn to be asked the big question. What is your reason?