Happy Birthday CrossFit 4504!!! This week, our amazing affiliate celebrates its 3rd Birthday and it’s a time not only to forge ahead, but to reflect on how far we’ve come. The past 3 years has seen many changes to the box as our team continues to learn and grow. We are an ever evolving community and are always looking for ways to improve the CrossFit experience we provide for our members. Owning and acknowledging how we arrived at this point – whilst celebrating, of course! – has made Head Coach Lisa and her wonderful team truly grateful. Which has got us thinking about the power of gratitude and how it can assist in a positive CrossFit experience for everyone…
Gratitude. It’s said to be the healthiest of all emotions, yet it’s rarely correlated with benefiting your physical fitness. Our community here at CrossFit 4504 is finding that practising gratitude can be a powerful tool for shifting energy and bringing more of what they want into their daily lives. Rather than projecting negative thoughts about what they don’t have, members are encouraged to express more about something they are thankful for. Whether it’s making time to come to class during a busy schedule, achieving their first Pull Ups or RX movement, their family or friends or even just waking up that morning! It’s become a great way for our community to really focus on the positives which already exist in their lives and to hear what others are expressing. We’re also finding that members are relaxed and smiling before we WOD and our newer members are understanding the holistic approach to our CrossFit training.
After delving further and researching the power of positivity, we’ve found that expressing gratitude also helps in these ways..
- Improved overall physical health.
Studies have shown that making a conscious effort to express gratitude can create a general feeling of health, with fewer aches and pains and a tendancy for more regular exercise – great for CrossFitters who want to improve their strength and fitness!
- Increased mental strength and resilience.
Life can get tough for all of us – there’s no doubting it. But if you make time to express what you’re thankful for, you will experience less of those “Woe is me” demons which sometimes threaten to swallow us up! Expressing gratitude will increase your mental strength to slay those demons when things are rough. We all know that mental strength is a key component in surviving many CrossFit WODs (think ‘Karen’). Practise gratitude and your mind is already stronger and more resilient, which is sure to help punch through those last 50 wall balls!
- Enhanced empathy and self-esteem and reduced aggression.
Gratitude provides you with the ability to appreciate others. By giving thanks to the good surrounding you, you open yourself up to appreciating the efforts made by others. This, in turn, allows you to better understand not only the issues others face, but to react with less aggression to opinions or actions which differ to your own.
Gratitude can be expressed in many different ways. It doesn’t have to be shouted from the rooftops for all to hear…
- Journaling – a great, self-reflective way to really pay attention to your surroundings and document the amazingness of what you already have.
- Reflection – call it meditation or just taking a few quiet minutes each day to say to yourself “Hey, you know what? My life rocks because of….”
- Letter/Video/Email – a lovely personal way to thank someone who has done something helpful or special. They may have helped you, or the postman, or saved that tiny insect from being squashed. Someone who has taken time to show kindness, or generosity. By letting them know how grateful you are, you make them feel good about themselves. Which in turn makes you feel good about making them feel good – full circle!
Gratitude. It’s something we’re very mindful of in our CrossFit 4504 community. That doesn’t mean to say we’re all lollipops and rainbows!! We still curse and swear our way through WODs. Because – Fuck it – some of us will always hate Burpees or wish that Fight Gone Bad was never invented! But what practising gratitude is achieving for our members is that while the WOD may still suck – our attitudes don’t! Our members are achieving more with their fitness than just lifting heavy shit. That part is still fun, but giving thanks to others enhances our community spirit even more.
So Thank You to all involved in our journey so far. We look forward to continuing into our 4th year with the amazing community we have today. And we can’t wait to meet those who will join our amazing community tomorrow!