So week 4 of Crossfit is finished – Im done for the week.
I only had 3 sessions (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), took yesterday off for a rest day and then this morning, my poor old body is like “dude, give a break”
So I am.
Nothing more until Im back home in Spain on Monday.
The hardest bit to control is the Ego.
“Go ahead, add more weight to that bar”
“Sure, have that slice of cake with 1,500 calories, you deserve it”
“NO, you HAVE TO go 5 days this week otherwise you’re a wimp / failure / loser / schmuck, etc”
The key to a lot of things is simply to survive to the next day so you can go again.
Eating lower calories won’t kill you, it just feels like it (BUT did you die – said in a Mr Chan voice from the Hangover films)
Having an extra 3 or 4 days rest won’t kill you (Even though you reach a stage where you feel every single gym day is important)
Taking some time off to acknowldge the journey and the changes that have happened over the past 4 weeks is vital, so that then you can work out the next 4 weeks.
So let’s do that.
In 4 weeks of Crossfit, Ive dropped 2 and a half inches off the waistline.
I’ve dropped only about 2kg of weight during that 4 weeks, which Im actually ok with.
But the weight thats lost has been fat, and 18 sessions of crossfit over the last 4 weeks is going tobe adding heavier muscle on, which it has done. I think Im at my physical strongest ever.
More importantly for my ego, my t-shirts are now starting to hang differently. My shirts don’t look like Im pregnant with twins anymore.
I’m not at my fittest ever, but Im certainly at my fittest over the last 2 or 3 years; and that will continue to get better the more I go.
Lets talk about that.
Staying consistent is probably the hardest thing to do in ANYTHING.
Life gets in the way, our own unconscious minds are trying to ruin it for us in all sorts of crazy ways – this is why Crossfit has helped so much. Because I literally dont need anything other than to turn up with some water and some gloves. (I suppose some clothes wouldn’t go amiss either)
But thats it.
No working out the plan, no same push / pull / legs routine (Every day is legs day at Crossfit it seems)
No same workout every single day to get bored of.
This week we did rope climbs, and it was an opportunity to improve my footwork to hook the rope around my foot to use as a step – bloody hard to do.
We did Snatch Squats (hold a bar over your head and down into a squat)
We did push ups and burpess, and 150 metre sprints and pull ups and toes to bar (or knees to chest for me)
In addition to all of that, despite being away from the comforts of home food, I’ve recorded everything Ive eaten and not strayed too far away from my macros of carbs, proteins and fats, despite eating out.
Lastly, let’s talk about mental wellbeing for a bit.
One of the BIGGEST benefits from this so far has been my mental welfare. Literally a much more positive outlook on life (If you can do 10 rounds of 7 pull ups, that dickhead tenant issue doesn’t seem so bad anymore relatively)
Even if you get zero positive benefits physically (pretty much impossible), the mental wellbeing you get more than makes up for it.
When I started this, it was to reap the physical benefits it provides. The positive impact it’s had mentally can’t be understated.
If you’re depressed, join a Crossfit gym for 4 weeks, and then tell me how you feel after that. I guarantee 95% of people won’t feel that bad anymore.
So then … I can’t recommend this journey enough.
The key now is to keep it going once back in Spain through what seems like avery hot summer with 9am workouts at 35 degree heat.
I think it will be Crossfit and then straight to the Mediterranean Sea to cool off.
I’m happy to answer any questions if you have them