One of my favorite lines I hear from CrossFitters is “well I’m not training for the games or anything like that”. I hate it because I can’t really tell if they’re bragging, like “I’m this good, and I’m not even training for the games”. Or they’re trying be high school cool, like they don’t want to look like they’re trying too hard. Or if they’re using it in a way to dodge accountability. Like, I can eat like shit and do half assed workouts 1-2 days a week, after all “I’m not training for the games..” Sort of way of saying “Get off my back”. Whatever people are trying to protect with the statement, it is for sure a defense mechanism.
Here’s why I’d like to stop hearing it from people.
1. We know.
The same way when I talk about the stock market I don’t throw in “I’m not Warren Buffet or anything”, or when someone asks me about basketball I don’t feel the need to say “I’m not a center in the NBA or anything”. And why don’t I say those things? Because it’s so obvious there’s really no need to express it. If someone does mistakenly think you are in fact in the hunt for fittest man or woman on earth, then just take it as a compliment. You must look or perform like a very fit person and there’s nothing wrong with being proud of that.
2. Working hard to be the best you can be at things you enjoy and are important to you is a good thing.
I want to be the best husband, father, CrossFit Coach, business owner, friend, hockey coach, and yeah, CrossFitter, I can possibly be. Will I ever achieve the title of “best in the world” in any of those, probably not, but I bet trying to be the best will make me at the very least pretty damn good.
3. Everybody SHOULD be training for their “Games”
The CrossFit Games aims to crown the “Fittest Male and Female on Earth” each year. In CrossFit we believe Fitness = Health. The fitter you are, the healthier you are. If you’re practicing CrossFit or just value your health, you should always be aiming to improve, increase, and maximize your fitness in hopes to maximize your health. Now, genetics, time, other priorities are going to interfere with this. Those should be the only differences between you and someone actually training for the games. You may not have the genetics, time, energy, or whatever to make it, but with whatever your training regimine I hope your goal is to get as fit as you can with it. Will that lead to the games, probably not, but that’s no reason not to try as hard as you can with what you can do.
4. There’s nothing wrong with fun, and fantasy is fun.
Kids do it all the time, you probably did it as a kid. What’s wrong with pretending you’re battling Mat Fraser at the games the same way you used to pretend you were Michael Jordan in game 7 or Kerri Strug battling for that gold medal in ‘96? Have some fun with it.
Stop saying “I’m not trying to go to the games” because we know, it doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t try hard, you should be, and there’s nothing wrong with having fun. With the 3-5 hours a week you have to workout, train like you’re preparing for the biggest fitness test of your life. When you’re out of the gym, eat like someone that cares about their health and performance. When you’re tired in the middle of workout, look at the person next to you, pretend it’s Katrin Davidsdottir or Annie Thorsdottir and push to beat them. You probably won’t become fittest on earth, but I promise you’ll be at least fittest in your neighborhood.