Leave your ego at the door.
No. Seriously. Check it at the coat rack.
In the world of CrossFit, competition is LAST in our methodology pyramid. If you put competition as your number one priority, you will fail. And by fail, I’m usually referring to injury.
Any normal human being entering into a new gym can be slightly (or greatly!) intimidated by a new environment where everyone know each other, yet nobody knows you, and ego can play a dangerous role in these places.
Here are a few things to remember when coming into the gym:
- Nobody cares about how much you lifted or how long it took you to complete the workout more than you do.
- If you sacrifice your form to lift more weight than you should, you are asking for injury.
- If you do it wrong in order to win, the only person who will care about it later is you.
- Impeccable form is more impressive than a fast time with poor form…so if you want to impress your coach, stay as light as you need to to make it perfect!
Remember kids, leaving your ego at the door, recognizing where your strengths and weaknesses are, and not trying to prove anything to anyone is the best way to improve your health and fitness in the safest way possible. Everyone struggles together, and everyone has weaknesses and certain things that they aren’t good at (except coach Andy). This is why we do CrossFit!