6 Tips So You Don't Ever Fall Out of Love With CrossFit

6 Tips So You Don’t Ever Fall Out of Love With CrossFit

Lisa Scotto - CEO of Nutcase CrunchI have been an active CrossFit participant for many years. In fact over 5 years, which seems like forever considering that’s longer than some of you have been out of college!  I started CrossFitting in Hoboken and have been to several gyms around the country.  A bit about me, I’m female, 38, never played sports growing up and I will never be a games athlete, I will never win an adventure race, I will never be the first to finish at my box.  Your probably saying ” hold up, wait a minute” doesn’t everyone want to be a games competitor, doesn’t everyone want to win?”

You might be thinking, “Why? Why, Lisa, after working out at CrossFit for 5 years will you not be a competitor?  Why will you never be first?” The answer is because this is “just exercise” and exercise is something you have to do forever.  I ask you, does everyone want to be the CEO of a company? Does everyone want to go to the Olympics?

The first rule of crossfitPart of me wishes I started CrossFit when I was 21 and I was a games competitor, but I was too busy drinking and partying back then to be worried about my health. It wasn’t until my late 20’s that I needed to wrangle it in and make some tough decisions about my diet and working out.  And it wasn’t until my early thirties that I was introduced to CrossFit.  I have consistently WOD’ed at my box until recently.  In the last little while I have noticed my motivation wane and my enthusiasm fade.  I used to be naturally motivated by the community and the results, but recently I have felt different… very different. I have felt that CrossFit was like a job, a job that maybe I wasn’t so thrilled with anymore.  In fact, it was making me sad that after some WOD’s I would cry and think to myself where are the endorphins, why are they not kicking in?

So I did some soul-searching AND some Google Searching, looking up the following phrases:

  • “Seeking  motivation at CrossFit”
  • “been CrossFitting for years, how to stay motivated”
  • “what happens when you fall out of love with CrossFit”

And up popped some resources, but not enough to really answer my dilemma.  So I decided to create a few tips for myself and anyone else that may be having these same feelings.

6 Things to remember so you can stay motivated and never fall out of love with CrossFit

  1. Whatever you do, don’t stop going: This is tough.  Why would you want to go on a date with someone you don’t like…consider it more like a marriage (you are not going to easily give up on your soul-mate)  nor should you easily give up on yourself.  Go to the BOX and do the WOD.
  2. Scale back: don’t do the WOD RX for several days, master the movements.  This is completely opposite of what everyone else is doing, but tell your coach beforehand and take your time. Do it right.  There is a certain gratification in doing each movement with absolute perfection.  Go light and go fast. This will also get your confidence up.
  3. Because you may be feeling a bit down – do not let your eating habits fall off, too. We tend to rationalize, “well I skipped the gym, so I’ll just eat this bad/junk/processed crap now to make me feel better”, or “I’ll have a glass  (or 2) of vino with dinner, alcohol is a depressant, folks!  Even if you can’t get your ass to the box for the WOD…keep your diet dialed in.  Diet is 80% of the total package.
  4. Get an accountability partner: CrossFit inherently is more accountable than most other things in our lives – but find just one person at the gym (maybe someone who is of a similar age or mindset) and be accountable to them and ask them to hold you accountable – this is the same idea as a workout buddy.
  5. It’s a lifelong journey: Remember that no matter what you are doing CrossFit for yourself, for the long haul, it is not a brief commitment,  it is a lifelong commitment and just like anything that lasts for more than a hot second, your feelings will change over time. Recognize this and move on.
  6. Don’t lose sight of your why: Remain confident that getting in three or more workouts per week statistically puts you ahead of the game  – scaled WOD or not, it all counts, so don’t be too hard on yourself!

Nutcase Crunch LogoAbout Lisa:

Lisa Scotto’s life is forever changed by the Paleo diet. After 14 years of working in corporate America, she was inspired to become an entrepreneur. In 2011, Lisa created Nutcase Crunch, a nut-based Paleo granola and cereal substitute. Her goal is to teach others about nutrition and the negative affects of the current Standard American Diet.  

Be sure to connect with Lisa on Twitter and Facebook too.

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  • Amanda Lee

    As someone who just got started in Crossfit, this was GREAT to read. Thank you. Another important thing to do, I believe…. BE A MENTOR. Take someone who is new to Crossfit under your wing. Feel the joy of learning all over again and falling in love with it all over again through their eyes. Pass along your wisdom and knowledge, your experience. Help them. Guide them. I say this because my friend Dan has helped do this for me, and it makes all the difference to both people involved. I think this is like how parents experience all the joys of life again through their children’s eyes. Just a thought… good luck on your journey!!!!

  • pamdrayton@gmail.com

    This also seems like good pointers for someone recovering from an emotional trauma. My mom just passed away and I need to jump back into my routine but emotionally, at least for the first couple weeks I could not handle the intensity or the comraderie that makes crossfit so great. I am not currently part of a box but I will use these pointers in my workouts until I can stabalize my emotions.

    • Ginger

      Hey Pam, I also lost my mom and 2 weeks really isn’t alot of time to get back to your routine.
      Give yourself whatever time you need. Everybody grieves differently.

  • Kevin

    Great article Lisa!!

  • Sue

    Thanks for writing about your experience with CrossFit. In regards to #2, I think that this is and should be a common approach to WODs, not just when you are losing interest. Pretty frequently everyone should scaled back weight or intensity so that the athlete can focus on the mechanics. It is hard not to get caught up in the race to RX but this is not always the goal.

  • Sam

    Sports psychology basics might suggest that you could be overtraining. Sometimes taking a brief pause and doing active rest days is what the body and mind need to not be overworked.

    • I love active rest days. I’m having one today in fact. 😉

  • Jim

    Whenever I get bored with one type of workout, I try another. For me its running vs. long distance road riding. I also do weight training when both of those seem a bit “blah”…I’ve found that one great workout, no matter who you are or what you do for exercise, is take a good hike. Being deep within the forest, surrounded by nature is a very cleansing thing. And hikes can be a lot tougher than people give them credit for.

    • I agree with your comments about hiking, Jim. I’m a big believer in being active in the great outdoors. Does wonders for stress reduction too.

  • Jaime

    These are actually great tips. So true about the “keep going” note! Crossfit is varied enough to keep you interested and activated, but after a few weeks off it’s so easy to excuse your absence and fall back into couch potato mode (or at least not Beast Mode!)

    • I agree. I’ve had my share of ebbs and flows over the years too… either from injury or lack of motivation due to life’s circumstances. Thanks for taking the time to comment. make today epic!

  • Nicholas D Marts

    The reality is becoming more physically fit involves a
    little bit of pain. I call it “The Pain of Progress”. Becoming better always
    involves pain or some discomfort. Our goal is to find a way to have fun with
    it! It’s just like the Paleo diet. I sometimes want a carb meal but I always
    think of how horrible I feel afterwards and remember how far I’ve come. Is it
    worth it after that? Not at all.

    Thanks for the article!

    My new blog: http://www.NicholasDMarts.com

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