Eight years ago today, our little CrossFit affiliate became affiliate #96. What a fun ride it's been and what a fantastic community it has become. To our members who make this place what it is - a huge thanks!
Ever hear people say they "slept like a baby"? I hear it, but certainly don't experience it. In fact, I rarely sleep more than six hours per night and, on some nights, I wake up and just can't turn my brain off. Sometimes this is due to stress (well, actually, not sometimes -- a lot of times). Other times, it's what I ate the night before or just discomfort from room temp or a nagging shoulder injury that won't allow me to sleep on my right side for very long. I know that sleep, when I do get it in the proper dosage, works wonders for my mood, the sharpness of my mind, and how I feel. I also know that in order to stay healthy, I need to work on improving the quality and quantity of my sleep habits.
Here is a great blog post by James Clear on the issue of sleep. Click HERE.
Are you slacking off on your training this summer? Have you sacrificed your health and fitness for late nights out with friends, long days working without a break, or surrendering to parent guilt because the kids are off school and you don't feel like you can get to the gym? Well, you're not alone.
Despite the best intentions, many people think that they can get back in shape during the summer months, but instead just get busier and busier. All the gains made over the past nine months quickly go to waste in a matter of a few weeks - especially when the summer sun and fun get topped off with suds and late nights out. One often wonders what happened to those lofty fitness goals and commitment to CrossFit. Well, it's still there and all you have to do is prioritize.
You can still have all the fun you want during the summer without sacrificing your workout time. When you make yourself one of your top priorities you will feel better about taking a few hours a week to train regularly. You won't feel like you're sacrificing one thing to get to the gym. Rather, it's about telling those around you that your health and fitness are just as important as those other demands in life. You only get one life and you only get one chance at extending it through maintaining your health and fitness. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, complains about how busy they are. Still even the busiest people make training a priority. You can too.
If you previously trained in the evenings, but now find that time isn't working for you, then come at the 5:45 am class. It's light out at 5 am as you drive to the gym. The people who train early are fantastic and focused. You can get in a solid workout and then shower at the gym before you go to work, or just be home by 7 am before the rest of your house gets out of bed.
If you find that you're now working those late evening shifts that last into the early morning hours, then take advantage of a later morning class - like the 10 am, or perhaps you catch a few hours' sleep and hit the 4:15 or 5:30 pm before showering (again at the gym) and heading off to work.
Let's be brutally honest here - if you really want to train, you can make time. The key is that you have to WANT to do it. If you don't really want to do it, then that's up to you. Just don't be a slacker!
What thought comes to mind when you see this picture? Call me crazy, but I see a young man being mentored by a leader in a compassionate effort to instill pride, motivation, and a sense of urgency. The mentor wants the best for the young man and wants to see the young man push himself to the limits of his ability and beyond to become part of something bigger than himself. The mentor knows that by going beyond what is required and pushing beyond the comfort zone, the young man will achieve in life more than he could have ever imagined.
I know there are many members of CrossFit Ocean City, my friends outside of CrossFit, and my fellow attorneys who probably think of me as somewhat of an incompassionate jerk. Perhaps there are a few who even see me much like the young recruit in the picture sees the DI. I'm not much for BS excuses and I'm not one to sit back and watch someone self destruct. Lord knows I'm not perfect and face my own issues on a daily basis, but I try to give, and I expect in return, direct and honest feedback on performance - both in the gym and out.