She joined CrossFit in an effort to lose weight, trim up, and feel stronger. It had been a while since she exercised, but a friend convinced her to try CrossFit. She told her it was a a great community with lots of support for other CrossFitters. She spent some time choosing the right box and then went along. The first few weeks were agonizing. She had never felt this sore before. Plus, and eating healthier was harder than she thought.
But it got easier
As the weeks pressed on and turned to months, the WODs didn’t get any easier. But she could tell she was improving. Eating healthier was becoming less time consuming, and now she didn’t have to look at every single nutritional label when she went shopping.
Most noticeable to her was how differently her clothes were fitting. Usually her clothing had been tight around the waist and baggy around the leg, now it was the opposite. She was also noticing little changes when she looked in the mirror. She wasn’t losing weight which was weird because she definitely could see some of her “problem areas” not being so problematic. But no one had complimented her so she just continued eating healthy and doing her WODs.
A few more months went by and she was really noticing some improvements. Her strength was increasing, and her metcon times were getting faster. It was easier to breathe during hard workouts now and she was feeling more comfortable with cleans.
A few of her friends had mentioned how good she was looking and this made her happy, but no one at her box had said anything yet… And why should they? She thought to herself; compared to her they were amazing. They moved well, had veins popping out everywhere and lifted way more weight than she ever could.
She was starting to question if she would ever be like that. It was hard to stay motivated when people didn’t notice her improvements and changes. Yes she knew it was silly to place that much of her self confidence in others but she still wondered why no one said anything.
Did others even notice?
It was Friday, and she had just gotten off work. It had been a stressful day and she didn’t even feel like going to workout. The WOD had box jumps in it, she hated box jumps, but she decided to go anyway. It was Friday evening and as usual the class was pretty small compared to most other days. But there was a new girl in there, they had a few minutes before the class started and introduced themselves.
During the WOD the new girl had a tough time, as she did what felt like her 1000th box jump she reminded herself to go tell the new girl afterwards how good she did and that it will get easier. As they put their equipment away she mentioned how well the new girl did. The new girl sighed, and said, “Ugh I was just trying to keep up with you, you are so good! And you look great by the way.”
A smile crossed her face, and she felt very flattered. Two sentences from a total stranger and it changed her day. She felt motivated again. It felt like all her work was paying off – finally someone noticed!
Support other CrossFitters and acknowledge their growth
Moral of the story, compliment someone. It’s a great way to support other CrossFitters. It might be just the motivation they need to keep going. Everyone loves to get a compliment for their achievements. This is especially true when they have had to work hard for them. There’s no need to feel awkward, or reluctant. Foster a community of encouragement and remember to support other CrossFitters. Take 5 seconds out of your day and pay someone a compliment.