Remembering Your “Why”

While the dust hasn’t even settled on the completion of the CrossFit Open, many of us are already thinking about what we could have done differently, and what we need to do to better prepare for next year.  Whether you’re happy or not about your performance in the Open, I think this is a good time to remind yourself about your “why”.  As in “why did you start CrossFit in the first place?”  If you are anything like me, you started CrossFit because it seemed like a fun and effective way to get or stay in shape.  Perhaps you started to lose a few extra pounds, to have more energy to play with your kids and do the things you love, an hour a day to yourself to blow off some steam, or  just as a means to stay as healthy as possible.

Along the way many of us discover the competitive side to CrossFit, one that is accessible to just about everyone.  This can be great because it brings people of all ages and skill levels together, and can be a source of motivation.  However, aside from those competing at a high level, the problem comes when our sole focus is on how we perform in competition.  In addition to that, our day to day training sessions are no longer fun, they are “necessary” in order to reach a certain level of competitiveness.

For those of you that may be beating yourself up if you didn’t make it to the next level of qualifiers, just remember why you started CrossFit in the first place.  Train hard, have fun, be good to yourself!


  • Brianne

    March 29, 2017 @ 4:53 pm

    Thank you coaches for encouraging everyone to participate in the Open. This is my fourth year participating and what stood out to me the most this year, was the fun I was having. Don’t get me wrong, the workouts were all pretty tough and a couple were just a bit out of my league, but I managed to get through them while all along having fun! At every Open I see and feel the improvements which comes from working hard throughout the year. I don’t let five workouts define my capabilities even when I can’t do a movement like muscle ups or finish a workout at lightening speed. What defines me is, all the hard work I put in throughout the year that allows me to participate in the Open, and every year I am surprised to see what I CAN do! I couldn’t agree with you more Nabil – train hard, have fun, and be good to yourself! AND congratulations to everyone who made it to the next level of qualifiers! I’m always amazed by each of you.

    • Nabil

      March 29, 2017 @ 7:33 pm

      Thanks Brianne! I too had a lot of fun this year!!

    • James

      April 1, 2017 @ 6:09 am

      Great work, Brianne!

  • Marko

    March 30, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

    Well said Nabil and Brianne!!!

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