Self-Improvement

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Coaches Corner

With Andrew Carnovale

“It’s important for us to remember in our own journey to self-improvement: one never arrives.” – Ryan Holiday

Everyone has a story about their first CrossFit workout. I’m a little fuzzier on the details now but I distinctly remember being humbled by a 55lb barbell and some box jumps. To say my ego took a beating would be an understatement; but I was hooked.

I’m sure you all remember your first workout too. Whether it was one week ago or seven years ago I bet you can recall it. The feeling you had after is one you will always remember. Since that time there have been many more workouts. A ton of milestones achieved. A different life than you could have imagined when you first started. You’ve likely come a long way.

Sometimes in the journey we call fitness it’s easy to forget where we came from. Your frustration with bar muscle-ups would seem crazy to the person that couldn’t even do a pull-up when they started. You still trying to break a sub-five minute Fran would seem ridiculous to the person who didn’t know that Fran was a workout and not someone’s Aunt. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the point.

For all the work you put in sometimes it’s hard to believe that you haven’t come farther. Sure, you’re down 30lbs but you still can’t get rid of that last ten. It’s gnaws at you constantly. If only you could lose that weight or get that muscle-up. Then you would be happy. You would feel good about it all. I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret. You won’t be happy. You’ll want more. Getting one muscle-up will turn into stringing them together. Losing that last ten pounds will turn into wanting to see your abs. Once those are achieved they’ll be replaced with something else. And on, and on, and on.

Fitness isn’t about arriving at some predetermined “end”. It’s about the process. The struggle of getting better. The excitement of accomplishing what you never thought possible and then reaching for the stars again. Fitness is about the love of the struggle to be better than you were yesterday.

Just make sure you take some time every once and a while a look back at the person you were when you started. I’m sure they would be amazed at how far you’ve come. And you want to know the best part? You’re not done yet.