The Mental Piece of the CrossFit Puzzle


I can be pretty hard on myself because I expect a lot out of myself.

For example, three years into CrossFit and I expect to put up numbers that my friends — who have been doing the sport for five-plus years and were college athletes — are putting up. In college, I just ate a lot.

But if I’m honest with myself, that’s so unrealistic. Granted, I’ve come very far. I’ve been doing things I never thought I would be able to do. I even beat my Affiliate owner in a workout the other day. That has NEVER happened before.

And yet, it still wasn’t good enough to surpass some of the ladies in my gym I just keep chasing.

However, I had a good conversation with my workout buddy. She explained the reason she’s been so content in the past five/six years with CrossFit is because she has continually watched her own progress. Data and workout times have proven she’s become fitter. She doesn’t compare herself to others; she compares herself to herself.

It’s something I need to learn, but I can’t help think there are other members out there like me. So my question for you today Affiliate is this: How are you getting your members in the right mindset?

Do they know how to use the data they are tracking? Have you ever translated for them what it means to progress by “only” five pounds in their strict press? Do they watch everyone else, or are they focused on their own progress?

Competition is great; it drives us to do better. I know I don’t do as well working out alone. But I think there is a tipping point and we have to be made aware of it in order to avoid it. I don’t want to get sick of CrossFit because I’m not as good as this person or that gal. I don’t want to stop coming because my goals are too lofty. And I’m sure there’s others out there like me.

So how are you setting real expectations for your members? If they have unreal expectations, they won’t stay around your gym for long. They’ll go where the grass seems greener even though the real problem is mindset, and that won’t simply change with a change of scenery.

We get so focused on the physical workout that sometimes we forget about the mental game. Mentality, nutrition, mobility, etc. All of it is essential in this sport of fitness, in this sport of life. Don’t leave the mental piece of the CrossFit puzzle out.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at