Pictured in the center is the 2013 CrossFit Games Champion, Samantha Briggs. Recently, she was asked in an interview why she trains, what keeps her motivated. Her answer resonated with me:
Notice she didn’t respond, “Because I want to win the Games again” or ” Because I need to get stronger for when Annie Thorisdottir returns to the playing field“. No, her concern is purely personal. She loves working out, and the reason she loves it is to see just how far she can challenge herself.
From this, I glean two points:
Number one, we should love, or at least like, what we are doing. This makes it fun, and fun equates to better quality training because the mind is not clouded with distractions.
Number two, what allows training to be fun for her is not comparing herself to other athletes. It’s about her body. It’s about how good she can possibly get. She’s not trying to “Lift like Lindsay” (the girl to her right on the podium). She is interested in pushing her body as far as it can possibly go, and being the best she can possibly be.
Turns out, her best wins the CrossFit Games.
While this may not be the case for each of us, we can take something away from her attitude. How far can your body go? How good can you get? The end product is very different for a twenty-something year-old male athlete in his prime than it is for a fifty-something year-old female ridden with some injuries, but the process is identical. Fight to see how far you can stretch yourself both mentally and physically, and before you know it you will find yourself at the best; the best that you can possibly be.