Now, I’m sure you’ve heard this before. I know I’ve heard my coach say many a time that if we want to get better we need to eat more, mobilize more, practice our weaknesses and drink less. Those are the obvious sacrifices for any athlete.
I’m speaking specifically to women about this one – getting better at CrossFit means sacrificing our (and society’s) body ideals. Now what do I mean by this? I will explain with a story…
So, I ate a lot of protein (150g/days) and added in more starchy carbs. In the beginning I felt a little bloated – like I was drinking a case of a beer each night, but I knew I had to see this thing through. After a few weeks the bloat went away and I was slowly but surely feeling stronger.
A couple days before my testing day I decided to try on this fabulous dress I bought a few months ago for a friend’s wedding coming up the next weekend. I absolutely fell in love with the dress – it was more than I wanted to spend, but it just looked amazing and was posh enough for this NYC wedding. Well, the dress didn’t fit… I was too nervous to even try to sit down in it, there was no way I was busting any moves on the dance floor, and I would even need someone to go to the bathroom with me! This obviously was not going to work!
At this point I was devastated. I’m a girl, and I loved this dress. Now it did not fit.
Testing day inevitably came and needless to say, I was ringing the PR bell like no one’s business! Below are my before and after numbers:
- Snatch: 105 – 125lbs
- Clean & Jerk: 125 – 140lbs
- Back Squat: 180 – 200lbs
I was beyond excited! 125 was always my “dream” goal for my snatch, and after I stood up with that barbell, did a dance, and dished out some hugs – with a smile on my face I said, “That was totally worth my dress not fitting!”
You have to decide if you are willing to make the sacrifice.
I leave you with this quote:
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