What drives you? Think hard about this for a few seconds. Seriously. Put some effort into it. Forget the stuff that is pumped through televisions, adverts and magazines – what is it that makes you push out the final rep, sweat through the last squat and drag through the 100m end on your run?
Is it to lose a few kilos? Sleep a little better? Make your ticker work a little easier? Win back your ex? Or are you trying to find that elusive sixpack? If you say yes to any of the above, I reckon you’re doing it wrong. Seriously. Because if those are your motivations, you aren’t actually going to enjoy your training, and it probably won’t become a lifestyle change for you. Yes, I know that this sounds totally counter-productive (and against everything we tell you) but there’s some method behind my madness. I don’t think those are the right motivations, I think they’re the positive side effects that come from having the right kind of motivation.
Think about this for a few minutes. Imagine you were motivated by the simple reason that you wanted to move again. I’m talking about becoming a more flexible, stronger and yes, slimmer, you. The guy you were five, ten or fifteen years ago. That guy was faster, stronger, healthier and most importantly, he was probably happier than you.
Time affects us all in the same way. That metabolism that used to torch pizzas, beers and chips slows down, you take longer to recover and your body isn’t as flexible as it used to be.
But all is not lost. You can fix yourself. You start with your motivations. It’s time to work towards becoming more like your younger self. Forget about the scale and waist circumference for a while, and focus on how your body is starting to work a little better. Your joints aren’t protesting as much. You’re running a little faster. Jumping a little higher. Hell, you’re starting to feel like a kid again. At a scientific level, you’re functioning more efficiently. Even though that sounds a little too technical, it’s on the money. Functional training means you do what you normally do every day, but you do it better. You bend down to pick up your kid, run to meet the train, lift your suitcase into the car or hit the stairs at work. That’s where I’ve noticed the greatest changes to my fitness, and it has been thanks to my Crossfit training, but I bet it’s the same for the rest of the guys on this MHTeamFit staff challenge. Just like the guy in the pic below. His name is Derrick Hill, and he’s just made it through to the Masters section of the Crossfit games. He’s over 60 years old. Derrick shows all of us that it’s never too late.
And in terms of the challenge, we only have two weeks left. It’s now crunch time, and it’s great to see the positive effects all the training has had on my colleagues. Ian ran a blistering 1:30:41 for his first half-marathon, missing a silver by less than a minute. Dylan moved like a butterfly and stung a like a bee in his white collar boxing match. He also now makes Mayweather look silly when it comes to skipping skills. Alistair has worked so hard with kettlebells that now he is basically Russian by adoption. And he’s starting to look like a Spetnaz trooper. That’s just to name a few, every single one of the guys on the right are looking leaner. And meaner. and most importantly, they’re happier.
So here’s a few vids to inspire you this afternoon. I have an advanced class with
Chris Oman in an hour, and even though my legs are so stiff they aren’t bending anymore, I’m still keen to see what he has in store for us on the whiteboard. Yesterday I got my first proper muscle-up, which is where you pull yourself from a hanging position on the O-rings into a extended dip position overhead (check the example, it’s hard to explain). And for more Crossfit news, the Crossfit Africa Regional Games are in two weeks time and it’s happening in Cape Town. It is going to be incredible, and I’ll be there to cheer the Cape Crossfit guys and girls on. Here some highlights from last year games.
And if that doesn’t motivate you, watch this. Whatever you do this weekend, make it a small start to something big.