This is a guest post written by Heidi Pope Werner.
Were you an athlete in high school or college? Missing the team spirit? CrossFit will make you feel like you were back on the team.
A 2011 study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise found that the exercise of habit of people you know have a positive influence on your exercise habits.
The CrossFit dynamic is community. You will always have someone to work out with. You will be inspired by people from all walks of life and all levels of fitness. In the Box, others see your progress and will tell you so. Your coach will see it too. Numbers will prove it. Your body is working better, not harder. The athlete in you will achieve efficiency and accuracy.
Maybe the traditional gym didn’t ignite your fitness fire. The climb to peak fitness became daunting. There were no measurable gains unless you tracked your own progress. How well has that worked for you? Did anyone come up to you at the treadmill and say “You’re looking stronger!”
Not all workout buddies are created equal. If you have differing levels of fitness commitment or at a different level of fitness ability, you could be held back or push too hard. Seek out someone with similar fitness goals. That connection will motivate you as a teammate and cheerleader combining support, accountability, motivation, and perhaps some healthy competition.
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