the paradox of change

The thought process that led you to CFDC may (or may not, I’m just guessing here) have gone like this:

“I need ________.

I can’t get ________ on my own.

I need someone that knows what they are doing to get me ________.

I think CFDC can get me ________.”

The cool thing about CFDC, and therefore Crossfit itself, is that whatever “________” is, we probably are equipped to actually satisfy that request. Wow! Hold bold, right? How can we say that? Well, our experience is that the right movements, at the right speed, in the right amount is hard pressed to NOT give you the change you are looking for. Now you could say, “well actually, my “________ “ is that I want to “meet friends” or “network” or “find true love” and not “loose weight” or “get stronger”; that’s awesome; we’ve seen all that happen too but that’s besides the point. Regardless of your “________”, the one thing that everyone has in common at CFDC is this: they are lookin for change.  

Change is a funny thing because we, as humans, have historically taken a really dysfunctional attitude to this topic. It’s either really nihilistic (“what’s the use; I think I’ll just eat a donut”), ultra aggressive (“I can’t believe I ate that donut! I’’ve got to be better. I’ll never eat food again!!) or a little column A & B!

Enter the paradox of change. To grossly generalize, there is a school of thought that teaches that the present moment is perfect. That school of thought says ‘this is where I am at this exact moment, and it’s exactly where I should be”. Pretty Zen, right? (hey jokes on you - it IS!) The other school of wisdom teaches that the ultimate human expression is that of progress and evolution; that ’a better tomorrow’ deserves all our attention. Applied to the context of our health and fitness, it seems illogical to say to yourself, “I’m happy with what I did today” and in the very next sentence say“I’ll only continue to be happy if I do better tomorrow”.

But you can’t have one without the other. 

We’ll call the first way of thinking “being” and the second way of thinking “becoming”. Not enough “being” in the gym, and you will experience burnout, unrealistic expectations, self-judgement, & frustration. Not enough “becoming” in the gym and you’ll get complacent, think your lifestyle and nutritional habits don’t matter, self-delusional, and lazy.

And how do you achieve this balance? How do you hold this paradox? All you have to do is three things:

1) Don’t workout by yourself. Find a group of like-minded people that all have the same buy-in as you.

2) Make sure they are not all exactly like you. Make sure there are young and old people together, really great athletes right next to beginners, etc.

3) Get those people to do the same workout so they can, at once, encourage each other to ‘be better’ & also celebrate who everyone already is.

And just because we like you, we went ahead and have gone to the trouble to getting that group together. They meet at 530,630,830,930,12,430,530,630,730 5 days a week!

See you there!