CrossFit Unstoppable’s mission: We believe that when you walk through the doors, your day will be made better through the community, the workout, your effort and hard work; and when you leave, you will leave better than yesterday!
We believe in ALL of our athletes no matter their shape, size or fitness level. Our mission is to help EVERYONE who steps through that door…Think back to an event or activity that you didn’t think you would be able to do. What was going through your head? All the negative stuff, right?? I Can’t…You’re not fast enough…I’m too old! All of this negative self-talk is holding you back!
That’s where we come in…we want you to try, we want you to practice, we want you to succeed! Those first box jumps can be scary, that first rope climb-terrifying, and those triple digits over your head for the first time, downright crazy, BUT we know you can achieve it…Because we believe in you and your capabilities.
Focus on all of the positives…I always like to tell an athlete – “at least you are here trying and lapping everyone on the couch!” If you try and fail, try again, and again, and again until anything is possible!
You may not see it now, but it’s coming…just you wait! BUT, you have to show up, put in the work AND believe that it’s POSSIBLE!
The first post I ever published on the CrossFit Unstoppable site was called “Our Story….” To be honest, I was living life day to day by Faith…But I knew that there would be some “sticky moments” that would come about…I wanted to do something for the CrossFit community so I embraced the fears I had, leaned on faith and came out strong.
My point—and one of the enduring goals of CFU—was that OUR gym will give you a life worth living; that we want our members to go and DO stuff with their fitness. We love it when you post about your 5K’s, half/full marathons, hiking in the Ozarks, doing a Spartan Race, Kayaking on the Osage and other feats of fitness! We can get you ready for any of it! That doesn’t mean those things won’t be scary. Much like the start of the WOD, before that 3,2,1…GO!, most of you may get the jitters and the nerves set in because you don’t know quite what to expect!
Here’s how I’ve learned to lean into the scary stuff, embrace stress and live a better life:
First, understand that your body doesn’t know the difference between fear and excitement. To your body, they are the same – When you start getting a bit nervous before an event, ask yourself: “Am I actually scared, or am I just excited?” That’s a toss up with some of our workouts!
As adults, we’re not excited often.(well, I’m speaking for myself!) Our body’s default response to increased blood pressure, elevated heart rate and surging adrenaline is FEAR. Then we fall into a downward spiral and get scared when we should really be excited. FEAR can be explained as Face Everything And Rise or Face Everything And Run…Which do you choose?? I’d rather be excited about things instead of scared all of the time!
Something that comes to mind when facing a big event or even a workout is to think of it as opening a present…you really don’t know what to expect, but in the long run, you’re probably going to like the ending! 🙂
Second, know that anticipation is worse than the event. The buildup is far more stressful than just going through it!
Our fear of what might happen is always way out of scope from what actually happens. Our lizard brain takes over and our minds go to the worst-case scenario; I hate when I do that!! Trust me, we all go through this!
Waiting, deliberating, anticipating—always worse than doing the actual thing! If you can choose the HARD thing to do in your life right now without hesitation and worry, that’s in your best interest; know that the actual doing will get you through!
Third, put the event in perspective: Is this going to be a distant memory a year from now?
If not, it’s not worth stressing about.
If you WILL remember the event a year from now, then it’s worth doing! Go for it and have FUN!
Life is a series of moments. These standout moments—not the routine of eating breakfast and heading to the gym—become your story. Who wants a boring story?? LIVE LIFE!!
Every time you go through something where you feel your heart racing a bit but the results are happiness, lean into that stress and beat out the fear…Enjoy the moments and count your blessings!
How many of you dread Mondays?? To be honest, when I was a teacher, I dreaded it! I always counted down the days til Friday because that’s when I could get some downtime. Back in the day, while I loved my job of teaching, I didn’t have the coping mechanisms in place to battle the stresses of raising a family, teaching and coaching.
Everything piled up together led to a poor attitude, lack of motivation and depression. I was stuck and didn’t know how to get out. Enough was enough in 2009, when I finally took back control of my life. I was tired of being sick and tired 🙁 The pic represents about what I looked like…I may be smiling on the outside, but on the inside I had the blues…
I was a PE teacher so I should know what to do right? I tried…I set off to the gym at 4:30 every other morning to do “weights”; I stayed by the “baby weights” because I really didn’t know what I was doing (we only had the Nautilus machines in college) so I stayed in my little corner. I did some “cardio” on the days I wasn’t in the gym…my version of cardio is definitely not the same as today’s version (just ask the members!!)
Today marks my 10th anniversary of doing CrossFit…I’m in a better place physically and mentally. Everyone goes through a journey and everyone has to start somewhere…my first somewhere was getting sick of doing nothing about it…my second somewhere was wanting to do more for myself so I took the leap and called CrossFit United in Columbia and set up an intro course. BEST decision ever because the rest is history…
I definitely wouldn’t be writing this little piece on this website had it not been for that decision. I fought off a lot of “Monday Blues” back in the day, but today with nutrition and exercise I look forward to EVERY DAY! We are only given this day once and we are only given one body so do something remarkable with it!
Yes, today is Monday, but let’s make it BRIGHT – not Blue 🙂
When you think of this word, what does it mean to you??
*At whatever cost…
*Don’t hold back…
*All or nothing…
*Go until you can’t go any more…
*Determined to win…
*Don’t back down…
Do any of these come to mind? I’m listening to the audiobook, “Relentless” by Tim Grover…The subtitle is what caught my eye when I went to purchase it – Relentless-From Good, To Great, To Unstoppable 🙂
See why it caught my eye?? I find that listening to audiobooks these days is easier for me than reading-so many distractions! So Grover was the trainer for Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant…He knew exactly what buttons to push to get the most out of both of them (RIP Kobe 🙁 ). I also finished the documentary, The Last Dance which documents MJ’s ride with the Chicago Bulls…Very good if you haven’t watched it.
In both the series and the audiobook, all of the things I mentioned above come about. These players (well, most) had an internal drive for greatness; you should want the same for yourself! Because you deserve it! You should be relentless in your pursuit of happiness – What makes you happy? Then go for it as long as it is for the greater good!
Think of all the things that you want out of life and start your pursuit of conquering all that you desire. You must know though that in some aspects you WILL have to be relentless and not back down from a challenge! I look forward to seeing the new drive in your actions (if I see you in person or just see you online!) and hope that your relentless endeavors bring you much happiness! Have a great Sunday!