Ever wonder why people work so hard in the gym during those CrossFit Ground Up workouts? Many of them initially started training for aesthetic reasons. They wanted to look good and they wanted to look fit. But then you read an article like this one, “Why women should do CrossFit” and you start to wonder if there might be more to fitness than just looking good. If you already exercise and consider yourself fit, how do you judge that fitness? You may be able to fit into a size XYZ, but can you perform a pull-up, squat your bodyweight or run a mile without stopping? Then comes the realization that you may look “trim” but in reality you aren’t very fit and you aren’t very healthy.
At CrossFit Ground Up, the focus is on performance and the pursuit of a higher level of overall human performance. Cardio/respiratory endurance, strength, stamina, speed, power, coordination, accuracy, agility, flexibility, and balance. When you pursue those things, guess what, your appearance starts to change as well. But more importantly, your overall health and quality of life starts to improve. Ask yourself, do you want to ‘look’ healthy or do you actually want to ‘be’ healthy. Which pursuit will be more beneficial in the long run?
Another reason why focusing on performance is better than focusing on appearance. Nothing could be more frustrating than trying to turn yourself into something you’re just not going be.
I am never going to have Brad Pitt’s hair.
You may never look like this Ralph Lauren model. And thank God, cause we don’t want you to.
Do you want to your spend time, emotions and energy chasing something you were not designed to be? Or do you want to maximize your own unique potential? One of the most awesome things about CrossFit is there is a place for all of us!
Chase performance and you will become leaner, stronger, faster, and look better. The type of training we do at Ground Up will develop a higher level of health and fitness than any other method of training. Would you trade an ever changing cultural definition of beauty for an amazingly strong immune system? Most of us would.
Track your performance, work on your weaknesses, develop your strengths, work all 10 fitness elements routinely without the routine. Feel great, live strong, look good. Enjoy your time out of the gym, because of the work you do in the gym. Chasing bulging biceps by doing curls in front of a mirror doesn’t compare to the experience of giving your all to a CrossFit Workout.
What about nutrition? When your focus shifts to performance, you start evaluating food differently. Instead of food having to be a pleasurable extravaganza of flavor, texture and taste; food becomes fuel. The healthier fuels starts tasting better as your body’s hormones and enzymes get reset thanks to the high intensity exercise. Your tastes change, sensitivity to sweeteners get’s heightened, and you can feel the adverse effects of eating garbage more clearly and immediately. Because of this focus on performance, you eat better. Because you eat better, you feel better, workout harder, and tada – you look better. It all comes back to performance.