Fist bumps. High fives. Back slaps. These post-WOD congratulations are as much a part of our daily workouts as sweat angels and calluses. Believe it or not, these small and seemingly insignificant gestures actually have a huge impact on our training.
CrossFit is a mental sport just as much as it is a physical one. More often than not, the first thing to go during a tough WOD is our minds rather than our bodies. During times like this, a well-timed cheer can mean the difference between one more pull or three more pulls. It can also transform an “I can’t” into “I can” and “I will.”
The best part about this is the camaraderie and the sense of team that it builds. Being strong is all well and good, but people will often perform beyond their individual capacities because the sum of a team is always greater than the sum of individuals. If you are new, or if you’ve hit a plateau in your training, start getting involved in the mental program: Give high fives, offer words of encouragement, and pick your classmates up off the floor. Basically, have fun and give fun! When you do that, you’ll discover being a part of the Focus community will help you achieve all that you’ll ever want to achieve and more.