By Robert Selders, Jr.
I have often heard life described as a marathon, although it does sometimes feels like a sprint! If it is true that life is a marathon, then having endurance is essential. Developing endurance is not easy, but the reward great. As Buddha was once to have said, “Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”
Endurance is just one characteristic shared by many athletes. Other attributes often admired include dedication, competitive spirit, planning and goal setting, discipline, leadership, perseverance, and teamwork. Surprisingly, many of these skills can assist us in our everyday lives in terms of overcoming the constant challenges and obstacles that life seems to throw at us. It may also explain why athletes often inspire so many people because they have fine-tuned these skills to succeed in their respective sport.
No question, life is demanding, and we all want to thrive and succeed, regardless of our goals. Like an athlete, we understand the importance of getting back up and continuing on to the end, even if we suffer a setback or a defeat. We strive to remain ever focused on our goals and on our ability to push forward to the finish line. Perseverance, hard work and dedication are the mantra of an athlete, and for that matter, probably anyone driven to succeed.
Like athletes, we all face challenges in life. Either we can allow those obstacles to block our path and stop us in our tracks, or we can find a way to use those obstacles as stepping-stones to achieving success. It may take time, and likely lots of hard work and discipline to find a way around or over those obstacles, but it can be done, if we persevere.
We all have the ability to be athletes in life, and if we see ourselves as athletes we can often create a more positive self-image and change previous destructive behaviors. With the right foundation and skills, we can achieve anything, and I believe CrossFit can help. The CrossFit theoretical hierarchy of development can assist us in developing the very skill set envied of athletes by developing the fundamental components of athletic performance and teaching us what influences those components.
By learning how to master nutrition, metabolic conditioning, control of our body (through gymnastics), and our ability to control external objects (through weightlifting and throwing), we are able to achieve and reap the rewards of the highest expression of all these components (sport).
Each stage builds on the foundation of the previous level thus requiring a strong understanding of each level in order to move forward. It takes perseverance and endurance to move through these levels, but the rewards are great, and I am not just talking in terms of your health and fitness.
When you succeed in your CrossFit training, you know you are also succeeding in uncovering your true potential and in developing the skills needed to play and excel in the greatest game of all….LIFE!
Robert Selders, Jr. is a certified personal trainer, author, speaker, and the owner of 3Q Fitness: Powered By CrossFit Garland located in the historic downtown square of Garland, TX. Learn more about how you can receive a free comprehensive consultation and no obligations CrossFit training trial; and get guaranteed results with his exercise and nutrition programs at www.3QFitness.com.