Author - Ellie Bowden, Coach @ CrossFit Wandsworth
I recently visited a box in America bearing the slogan ‘changing lives through CrossFit’. Simple, yes. Cliché, yes. True, absolutely.
I’m lucky enough to be in a coaching role where I can not only reflect on the change CrossFit has made in my own life, but also the change made in the lives of the 100 or so people who walk through the CrossFit Wandsworth doors every day. It’s also intriguing to me to see a beginner progress, knowing that there are so many different facets to CrossFit and wonder which part it is for them that they find most worthy of the title ‘life-changing’.
Author: Ellie Bowden - Coach Crossfit Wandsworth, London
What’s holding YOU back - Top 5 Common Misconceptions Preventing People from Starting CrossFit
It’s easy for us all to forget after a few months or years in CrossFit that taking the plunge to start can be very daunting. Like any other sport, there are plenty of people who simply aren’t interested in giving it a go, which is fine, but there are also a large number of interested people who hold back as a result of these common misconceptions. If you know someone who is hesitant to join because of any of the following, assure them they are not alone:
Author: Tristan Enright - Owner CrossFit 3018 - Altona, Melbourne.
When I talk about 'controllables' what I'm really referring to are the things or the factors in life that we have immediate and direct control of.
What happens when you live your life controlling the controllables is you feel empowered, responsible and grateful for the outcomes you create and generally happier about life and your part in it. This is due to you taking charge of what you can, focusing only on what matters and what you can do to move you towards the things you desire and value.
What happens when people rely on the uncontrollables is they have expectations of others to fulfill their needs and desires. If you are stuck in a rut and focusing on the uncontrollables, you probably expect the world to provide for you and serve you and when things don't magically fall into place, you blame other people for your lack of direction and results.
It's a trap that we all fall into at times.
Author: Warrick Bidwell - Crossfit Confront, Toowoomba
Some months my business seemed to stagnate, even slip backwards. I’d lose a client or two, leads would dry up and I’d lament the long hours and stress when I seemed to be getting no further ahead than I was before.
I was pretty sure it would take me many years to get to their level so I automatically started finding excuses for my lack of prowess.
I’m not a big fan of labels. Not the ones on my clothes or the ones we all seem to attach to ourselves and others. There are two labels I’m happy to have attached to me however – Crossfitter and Solopreneur. I wear these two proudly but sometimes, they can both weigh heavily on my psyche.
I recently shared a social media post about my CrossFit journey on the page where I’m a member and it struck me, as the comments came flooding in, that being a ‘CrossFitter’ is very much like being a soloist.
Author - Ellie Bowden, Coach - CrossFit Wandsworth, London
So - Who are you training for?
This blog is not aimed just at women – body image can affect us all to differing levels and negative body image can present in many different forms. However, it is traditionally women who present to CrossFit with a negative body image and the instructions that they ‘do not want to gain any muscle mass’.
As coaches, we love to hear people’s success stories through CrossFit. No story has touched me more than the following very personal blog from one of our In2 members.
Couples That Train Together Stay Together – The Benefits of Training as a Couple.
Maintaining a healthy relationship, whether it be as a married couple, boyfriend/girlfriend or same sex couple takes a lot of work and commitment by both parties. The realities of modern society place a great deal of stress on individuals, which can then translate to tension and difficulties interacting with our significant others. But have you ever thought about how a mutual interest in health and fitness can benefit our personal relationships? Diet, exercise and fitness training should be viewed both as a choice to live a healthier lifestyle, while providing an opportunity to build and strengthen your relationships. Couples training allows you to share in something that can be fulfilling and exciting, even life changing.