Crossfitters are known not only for their commitment to intensely challenging workouts, but are also famous for their sense of community and the staunch support they give each other. If you’re already a part of this culture, you’ve probably experienced this close-knit support structure first-hand. If you’re new to the concept you might need some Crossfit motivation. If you do your Crossfit regimen at home rather than at a gym, you might be missing out on the benefits of this vital support. Here’s how to keep your motivation levels at a high.
One of the ways to stay on top of your Crossfit challenge is to create a Crossfit motivation board. A motivation board is a visual or audio collection (or both) of what inspires you to do your best. By engaging your senses in what you do through a hard-to-miss motivation board, you easily stay on track of your workout and have better chances of success.
To save you time, we’ve compiled a sampling of inspirational and motivational success stories, blogs, and workout playlists to help you stay focused and motivated as you embark on the monumental task of reclaiming your health and strengthening your body for optimum fitness.
Celebrities Sold on Crossfit
You might not have plans of becoming Miss America or a movie star, but most of us wouldn’t mind having a similar physique. The current Miss America, Mallory Hagan, as well as Jessica Biel, and Jason Statham all get their burn on at the Box. Unlike so many of today’s celebrities who look like walking billboards for eating disorders, these three famous Crossfit fanatics aren’t defining a great body as one that is starving to death. They are lean, but muscular, defined, and solid. Let’s hope that is one Hollywood trend that continues!
Crossfit Success Stories
When it comes to Crossfit, or any other major lifestyle overhaul, we all have a million and one excuses about why it won’t work for us. The sad thing is that most of the time we’re not intentionally lying. We truly believe that we’re too old, too fat, too out-of-shape, too busy, or whatever other reason we give for not getting started. While it is totally true that everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, and limitations, it is equally true that we always have the option of making the appropriate adaptations and doing something to improve ourselves instead of doing nothing and let time and gravity do its worst.
What you may not know is that people come to Crossfit for lots of different reasons, and at all phases of life! Prepare to be inspired.
1. Tanya D. – “Over the years life took its toll on my body; having four kids, taking a sedentary desk job, and then stress-eating my way through a terrible divorce, my fitness level reached an all-time low. When I saw myself in pictures, I felt ashamed by what I saw. I also started noticing some disturbing side effects from the added weight. I was getting out of breath from walking up a flight of stairs and noticing more aches and pains in my joints. I’m only in my forties, and I was starting to feel like a ninety-year-old woman. It was terrifying. A co-worker told me about how Crossfit had changed his life, and I decided to give it a try. Six months later, the fat is nearly all gone, my muscle tone is better than it was when I was twenty, and I’ve got tons of energy and stamina. If you’re on the fence about trying Crossfit, my advice is to give it a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose.”
2. Jeff M. – “I come from a family where health and fitness weren’t priorities. Growing up, I never saw anyone working out, and deep fried foods and pre-packaged sweets were typical fare in our kitchen. I’ve been overweight since I was in kindergarten. When my Dad died of a heart attack right before his 59th birthday, I decided that I needed to change my way of life. I channeled my grief and anger into Crossfit. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. I’ve never worked so hard or hurt so much in my entire life, but the changes I see keep me going. As my weight goes down and my strength goes up, I feel better and better. This is a way of ensuring that I live a long and healthy life, but it is also a way of honoring my father, whose life ended far too soon.”
3. Sonya V. – “I originally joined Crossfit after giving birth to my first son to shed the postpartum baby weight and regain my tummy tone. When I got pregnant with my second son a year and a half later, I made appropriate adjustments to my workout regime, but maintained my Crossfit lifestyle throughout the pregnancy. Lo and behold, not only was my Crossfit pregnancy much easier, so was the labor and delivery. After giving birth, I bounced back much more quickly, too!”
4. Darryl J. – “My wife and I decided to start Crossfit together as a gift to one another for our 34th wedding anniversary. We’re living proof that it is never too late to turn your health around. Not only do we look and feel better, but we love working out together… it ensures that we do something fun and worthwhile together on a regular basis. I hope we’re working out together for many years to come.”
7 Great Motivational Crossfit Blogs
Whether you’re just beginning your Crossfit journey and want to get inspired by people who have already been there and done that, or whether you’ve been Crossfitting for so long that you need some reminders about why you are busting your behind so hard, these blogs have plenty of ideas and words of encouragement to keep you moving.
1. Xfit Life Inside the Box is an awesome blog by a young woman named Jessica Costello. She shares everything from useful product recommendations to workouts. While the blog has a female focus, anyone would be inspired by her excellent posts.
2. Jess, at Girl Walks into a Barbell, offers the best of, “If anyone can do it, I can,” inspiration. Take a look at her photo, and you’ll have no doubt that she can do it! That’s great news, because it means that you can, too!
3. Whole WOD World is the creation of a Crossfit Trainer named Will. He doles out heavy-duty inspiration, along with great posts on everything Crossfit related you could imagine.
4. The name says it all. Start Crossfit has loads of advice for beginners. It’s like Crossfit 101. You’ll feel like a pro in no time.
5. The Box Magazine has its own blog, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t point you in that direction. What better place to go for Crossfitspiration?
6. If you’re afraid that being out of shape, too heavy, or too inconsistent in your workouts to have a hope of getting in shape, Crossfit Rob is your guy. Honest, down to earth, and yes, inspiring.
7. Crossfit or Die sounds pretty hardcore, right? It is; which is precisely why you should be reading it if you need some inspiration!
Music to Keep You Moving While You Get Your Burn On
When you’re pushing your body to its limits, nothing will motivate you to push past the burn like a good workout anthem.
1. NIN – Head Like a Hole
2. Eminem, Tupac, Nate Dogg, 50 Cent – Till I Collapse
3. AC/DC – Thunderstruck, Eminem – Lose Yourself
4. Tom Waits – Top of The Hill
5. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of
6. Dropkick Murphy’s – Warriors Code
7. David Bowie – Under Pressure
8. Missy Elliot – Work It
9. Joan Jett – I Love Rock ‘N Roll
10.The Killers – Mr. Brightside
11. Eurhythmics – Sweet Dreams
12. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
13. White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
14. Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz – Get Low
Share the Spirit!
While we love offering resources and advice to help you on your Crossfit journey, we also recognize that support is a two-way street and works best when it’s given and received; we all learn from each other. If you’ve got a success story, favorite workout playlist, or great blog links, or your personal Crossfit motivation board that you think other people would find inspiring, please share it in a comment! Your input is always welcome. You inspire us as much as we inspire you!
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