Society Says Diet & Exercise Should Be Easy: Don't Listen

 All those diet and exercise commercials tell you diet and exercise should be easy ... and you should reward yourself in front of the TV. Don't listen to them. 

All those diet and exercise commercials tell you diet and exercise should be easy ... and you should reward yourself in front of the TV. Don't listen to them. 

Why CrossFit is a Bit Different

I recently started listening to the radio a whole bunch more than I used to.

This new practice has broadened the scope of music I listen to, but it has also produced the nasty side effect of forcing me to listen to more commercials and advertisements.

I’ve noticed a theme in a majority of these commercials attempting to sell some product guaranteed to make you FEEL better, that is, make your life more comfortable.

Even the ads about gym memberships and exercise equipment frame the idea of hard work or training as an inconvenience that should be limited as much as possible, and something you do alone, in the comfort of an uncrowded gym or your own home.

These commercials make me angry.

Then, they make me sad.

We are being told, explicitly, to disconnect and isolate ourselves. We are told, time spent sitting on the couch is your reward for 15 minutes of “working out”.  We are told, convenience and comfort are what we should want, and anything else should be avoided AT ALL COST.

Gaaaaaaaah! It is maddening, and I don’t understand how these ideas appeal to people. I don’t understand how sitting in front of a television brings fulfillment or how drinking the right beer creates happiness.

 
 Commercials encourage us to consume - whatever paid advertisers want us to consume. Fast and easy doesn't always mean better. 

Commercials encourage us to consume - whatever paid advertisers want us to consume. Fast and easy doesn't always mean better. 

 

What I do understand, is how a community like a Crossfit gym can act against this misinformation.

What I do understand is mindfulness applied to your daily habits creates a fulfilling lifestyle and improves your quality of life.

An average person can “workout” at any of those “globo-gyms” or on their treadmill at home, but they don’t get all the bonuses of TRAINING they would receive as a member of a Crossfit box.

So why isn’t everyone doing what we are doing? Why is there still a strange stigma around the safety and efficacy of functional movements, performed at high intensity, across a broad range of time and modal domains?

Society is telling us to isolate ourselves and avoid the inconvenience of using our bodies, but as Crossfitters, we make the choice everyday to do the opposite; we try to do as many things as possible!

We gather together on the black mats, surrounding ourselves with other people who seek to better themselves through intense physical effort.

Society tells us to consume cheap, processed food products because they take the least effort to procure.

 
 Don't buy what they're selling. Eat healthy. Exercise hard. And have fun.

Don't buy what they're selling. Eat healthy. Exercise hard. And have fun.

 

Crossfitters go to pain-staking lengths to ensure they consume the highest quality food possible and in the right amounts, because we need fuel to train hard and sustenance to help us recover.

Society tells us that using your body for physical pursuits should only be reserved for professional athletes, and the only way we should interact  with sports or play is through observation, not participation.

As Crossfitters, we make movement, activity and play a consistent part of everyday life. We make a daily effort to lift heavier, run faster, move quicker, suck less, DO more.

There is something altogether different about most people who choose to do Crossfit. Regardless of political party, or race or gender or color, we choose to pursue challenges on a regular basis.

We all are conscious about where our food comes from.

We understand the benefits of moving your body, learning new skills and participating in play or competition.

Regardless of whether you are an elite Crossfit Games athlete, or you just finished your first 30-day challenge, we are all making an effort to be more mindful about how we live our lives.

We are all seeking some kind of optimal functionality, and this makes us different from the general majority.

If you are reading this, I want to make sure you understand that it is a good idea to use Crossfit as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, and it’s cool if you tell people about it, and it’s cool that how you live your life isn’t the same as everyone else.

 
 CrossFit Primal Energy has group classes, and on occasion, we spend time in the fresh air with group outdoor classes at places like Mt. Tabor Park. Join us!

CrossFit Primal Energy has group classes, and on occasion, we spend time in the fresh air with group outdoor classes at places like Mt. Tabor Park. Join us!

 

It’s cool that you get sweaty and work hard and wear short shorts or hoodies or are a vegan or like steak or whatever. It’s cool that you make the choice to do something that challenges you on a regular basis. It’s super-cool if you are sore or tired or frustrated and you show up anyway, because you need your perspective shifted and an intense workout is just the thing to set your mind right.

If you are reading this, and you don’t really know what I’m talking about, I encourage you to come to one of our group classes at Crossfit Primal Energy.

Step out of your comfort zone and step onto our black mats. Reach your hand out and introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.

Lift something heavy, breathe hard, find someone to chase, push yourself. Give a little encouragement, get a little support and feel a sense of accomplishment, as soon as you can catch your breath.

What I want you all to know is that training can be a part of your daily life and it can be interesting and entertaining and fulfilling, even when you don’t PR, even when you don’t finish first, even when you don’t do as well as you wanted to.

What I want you to know is that making the choice to do Crossfit involves more than just taking class 3 days a week and avoiding gluten.

What I want you to know is that the most valuable benefit of training your body is the increased awareness of how you live your life. Your participation isn’t just about a 6 week transformation or “summer abs”, but rather a desire to pursue improvement, to constantly find your limits and surpass them.

You understand that training is part of your lifestyle, and hopefully, your lifestyle supports your training.

You understand that the “inconvenience” of pursuing a physical hobby is much less than the inconvenience of heart disease or obesity or osteoporosis or diabetes.

 
 Exercise is required for long-term health. Keep up the good work!

Exercise is required for long-term health. Keep up the good work!

 

I encourage you look at the ways being a Crossfitter separates you from “the crowd”.

How does your participation in Crossfit influence parts of your life outside the gym? Remember how powerful it is to deviate from the norm, to be set apart from the general mass of humanity, and how powerful it is to make mindful decisions about how you live your life.

As always, thank you for reading my words. Until next time…

Peace.Tobias.