Success in CrossFit: What It Can Really Mean
suc·cess (sək-sĕs′) n. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.
The need to succeed is common among most CrossFit athletes. Some athletes may determine their success by making it to the CrossFit Games, while others may dream of getting their first muscle-up. No matter what the feat may be, succeeding in CrossFit doesn’t require a magic supplement or program. It comes down to the basics: setting realistic goals, working hard, and believing in yourself.
Often times we get caught up with the end goal, which can become overwhelming. If an athlete trying to achieve a muscle-up swings on the rings day in and day out and fails consistently, that can become frustrating, eventually leading them to quit. It is important you take that end goal and break it down into small achievable steps. Instead of worrying about the end result, focus on skill work and work to develop strength for the specific movement. Over time, those small steps will add up, and you will have the capability to finally achieve that movement.
Once you’ve established your goal, the only way you will be able to achieve it is through hard work. Genetics, previous athletic background, and lifestyle play a huge role when it comes to CrossFit Games athletes. However, one thing that is common among all of them is the amount of work they put into the sport. Hard work trumps talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Our sport is too popular to just be a natural athlete and not put in the work. You can’t just sit and dream about your goal, you need to sweat in order to achieve them.
I believe the greatest aspect of CrossFit training has nothing to do with toned arms or PRs. CrossFit breeds self empowerment. By setting goals, working hard and believing in yourself, you will eventually achieve the success you desire.