Crossfit workouts are incredibly intense affairs which mean that people can very often see quick results. Those who started out overweight can pretty soon become leaner versions of their former selves, the weak become stronger and more mentally resilient. As people travel along their Crossfit journey they pretty soon come to realize that many of their limits are more mental than they are actually physical ones. You will very often find that the mind sets the limits long before the body has reached its full potential.
Crossfit success means balancing the limits between self preservation and all out annihilation. Think of it like driving a car – push it beyond its limits and the engine will blow – push your body too far beyond its limits and you’ll be burned out but in order to garner the best performance your body can possibly manage you have to push it hard enough to get better whilst stopping before you push so hard that you sustain injuries.
One real problem with experienced Crossfitters and other athletes is that they can inadvertently start to sand-bag. They can manage their workouts and perform below their maximum capacity for self preservation – new Crossfitters don’t often have this because they don’t actually know where their limits are yet. Basically speaking if your workout feels comfortable you’re not pushing yourself hard enough to improve your fitness.
The term “mind over matter” really does ring true for Crossfitters. Your brain is wired for the avoidance of pain; it’s how it helps to keep you alive. The pain involved in the intense Crossfit workouts, however, is a different type of pain. Enduring an amount of pain can help you to come back fitter, stronger and healthier improving all aspects of your life. Your brain needs to be trained to over-ride the self preservation system in the short term – this pain does not spell danger, it spells fitness.