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Focus on the Enjoyment

Pure. Enjoyment.

Focus on the Enjoyment.

What does that mean to you and how do you apply a simple 4 word phrase to what’s happening in your life? I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what it means to me, and if you guys want, feel free to comment down below on your take as well!

PSA: I really just wanted to put some music on and write about what was on my mind at the moment.

I feel like I can apply the phrase to a number of things, but I wanted to start with something simple and to what we can all relate to…CrossFit. Wether you’re doing the activity simply to get your exercise on or for competitive purposes, I believe focussing on the enjoyment speaks volumes for both. There are a lot of amazing fitness moments that happen at our gym day in and day out, and I can guarantee those moments don’t happen on accident. Usually there’s a lot of behind the scenes hard work that goes in to accomplishing those toes to bar, pull ups, muscle ups, or lifting pr’s. But hard work is only half the battle, finding the enjoyment is the other half! Hard work and finding the enjoyment in it go hand in hand. Now I can only speak for myself, but it’s hard to put yourself through a workout that you know is going to be super tough! Working on strict pull ups and accessory movements, those are by no means “cool” or “exciting”… but for me, there’s enjoyment in knowing that all those baby steps or effort will pay off at one point. It might not be now, but I’m confident that it will down the road.

What about just being around your peers and getting to spend an hour or so laughing and crushing it with your buddies? We all have other things going on outside of the gym, and sometimes you might not see your workout buddy for a week or more because let’s face it, sometimes going to the gym isn’t in the cards at the moment. Not the end of the world. Workin out next to my buddies, for me, is one of the funnest things I can do…regardless if I finish first, last, or whatever. Yes I’m competitive, that’s no secret and I get annoyed when I lose, but being able to do what I enjoy doing with my homies goes further than losing. It’s easy to take your buddies for granted because you think you’ll see them the next day. But life, work, family, or personal things happen! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather enjoy that time with my homies just incase I don’t see them for awhile. Same goes for spending time with family, find those enjoyable moments with them also!!

On an outside of the gym note…I can remember so many opportunities/enjoyable moments that have passed me by simply because I’m too focused on planning ahead or worried about something irrelevant now that I think about it. Now, I always try and make a conscious effort to be aware of what’s going on around me! I don’t like missing out on those enjoyable moments.

Before I go completely off tangent, I guess what I’m trying to say is it’s important to find balance with the hard work we all put in and finding the enjoyment in it. Without one or the other, I really don’t believe much is sustainable in the gym or with whatever you decide to pursue. Lastly, take a step back and remember “focus on the enjoyment”, there’s a ton of awesome things happening around you that you may not be aware of…find them!

About Marko

CrossFit Sweat Shop Coach since 2014

1 comment

  1. DJ Lynam - July 20, 2018 3:12 pm

    I like this concept a lot. I think it has applicability inside and outside of the gym. Mostly outside at say a restaurant or bar. You see people all the time with their friends or loved ones hunched over a phone screen completely distracted from the present moment! My favorite experiences are moments when everyone I am with is so engaged with what we are doing its almost as if nothing else matters. Great topic and great Post!

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