As I sat down to write this blog post for Kill Cliff about fitness, I spent some time scratching my head as to what value I could provide in this category. Sure, I had run a CrossFit gym for three years and competed in Regionals a few times. But that’s not exactly exclusive territory these days, especially compared to the other Badassadors in the Kill Cliff stable. What I realized makes me unique among the others is that I’m NOT competitive in CrossFit anymore. Nor do I want to be. So, for all of you that are recovering competitors, this is for you.
Competitive exercising can be fun. I enjoyed it and still like “competing” daily at my local box. But as the CrossFit landscape has evolved over the years and the sport of CrossFit has become a serious endeavor that requires essentially full-time commitment, the better-than-average Joe’s out there like me increasingly find our once vibrant dreams of making the CrossFit Games slowly dimming. For me at the age of 42, this is especially true. Even the 40-44 Masters’ bracket is now chock full of incredibly fit athletes that would rival Games winners of years past.
The question becomes – what to do? For me it was the realization that I now needed to focus on the lifestyle of CrossFit, not the sport. I’m not able to devote 4-5 hours in the gym each day, and quite frankly, I don’t really want to. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with doing that. For me it was purely a shift in priorities. I had to take a step back and ask myself what my true fitness goals were. And once I realized that it was not becoming a professional CrossFitter, I was forced to re-evaluate how I approached things.
The truth is, all that I want is to maintain my current level of fitness as long as possible, ideally for the rest of my life. I want to look and feel good without spending my entire day in the gym. But I also still want to be challenged, get outside my comfort zone, and most importantly, be part of a like-minded community. So knowing all that, here is the recipe I came up with for life after competitive exercising:
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