What CrossFit Has Given Me

I’ve been doing CrossFit four about six years now. I used to train five or six days per week. More recently, while recovering from illness, I have been training about three times per week. Here are three things that I have gained from doing CrossFit.

Pacing

No experience is a one-hundred-percent, all-out sprint forever, and no effort is perfectly smoothly distributed. There is a time to rest and a time to work, and various intensities are all valuable. I have learned to feel the visceral edge of my exhaustion and to push into it just enough to develop, but not so much that I disable myself.

Knowledge

Through CrossFit training, I have gained immeasurably more knowledge and skill compared with what I got from a personal trainer alone, and at a fraction of the cost. I’m much less likely to injure myself than in the past, and I know how to train effectively.

Perseverance

Having done this day-in and day-out for years, my beliefs about what I could and couldn’t achieve have been viscerally and irreversibly shattered. The only way I know that I cannot do something is when my figurative legs give way, which very rarely happens.

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