I think everyone should compete on some level and here are a few reasons why.
Right from the beginning, the sperm competes for the egg. Not too long ago, shelter, hunting, gathering, and reproduction were competitive actions and only those who were good at it adapted and survived.
This competitive activity is not exclusive to us. Animals, plants, and trees all possess these same characteristics. The need for food sources, soil, water and sunlight to grow is a part of everything. As a matter of fact competition is survival for most species, there are winners and there are losers. Every organism competes for its survival and when two species occupy the same space, the weaker one will lose out (even down to a cellular level). This activity of our cells creates the same emotional desire, and today we express it in forms of competition instead of survival (most of the time).
Competition Motivates and Energizes me. Why? Mainly because it pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to grow.
Competition vs. Training: You will finally understand that each daily WOD is not a competition but a training session. It has a purpose, desired intensity and a goal. Even if your goal is general fitness or weight loss,. Come in every day to the box treating it like you would any other sports practice. It cannot be Game Day every day and it doesn’t end with the WOD. There is always room to improve.
It motivates you to Learn New Skills: Your weaknesses will be exposed! People don’t like doing things they are not good at. You will find that you need to supplement the daily WOD with Skills that YOU still need to develop. CrossFit is not specialization, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to work on weakness. If you suck at Weighting find some time and get a Coach working with you. Maybe you don’t have Double Unders yet. Buy a jump rope and practice in your garage for hours! Maybe you need to lean out and you know your diet is getting in your way, find a coach to hold you accountable. We all know Coach Karen can climb a rope with no problem. She has perfected a style that she likes and works for her in most WODs! I want you to just ask her about WOD#3 at the Elysian Games. I’m sure she will tell you how fatiguing it was and that she needs to perfect the J-hook in order to climb the rope more efficiently with less work so she doesn’t gas out.
It Builds Self Confidence: Most of you can remember the first time you kicked up into a handstand. I know I do, Chris and my brother helped me, by that I mean they lifted my legs up and held me on the wall. Kicking up into a handstand is scary, but once you have overcome an obstacle like this, the smile it puts on your face is electric, it drives you. Remember your last PR or Accomplishment at the Box? Remember how that felt? I bet you are smiling right now. In competition you will be forced to go longer, heavier and push yourself out of your comfort zone into somewhere you didn’t think was possible. In the Teen Division at the Elysian games, Faith Cleaned 140#, warm up to PR in only 8min and she now feel unstoppable. As a matter of Fact EVRYONE did an awesome job on this ladder.
You will be Inspired: Someone will inspire you! Open Competitors were scaling the movements doing jumping pull-ups, using smaller kettle bells, and lighter wall balls. Rope Climbs were scaled with Supine Climbs and Toes to Rings were substituted with Sit-up’s. I am inspired more by the effort and determination shown by these people, than the Fire Breathers. Watching an 11yr old girl finish the Overhead walking lunges as the crowd cheered her on, I cannot even describe it. All I can say is, you should have been there.
You will develop and Appreciation for the best: You more than likely will be doing the Same Workouts as Fire Breathers that are highly skilled, stronger and just flat out more efficient than you. I remember my Dad always said “there is always someone bigger, faster, and stronger ” this is so true in just about everything. These people are amazing to watch and it is pretty cool to see what the human body is capable of doing. Kelcy did Fran Back to Back. First one Sub 4min second one Sub 6min. WOW, if you have ever done Fran you know sub 6min is awesome, let alone twice in a row. Kelcy finished 4th overall, she could have finished higher. Fire Breathers have Skills they need to work on too. The Handstand Walk exposed her weakness. I guess she needs to go back and work on #2.)
You will find out how you work under pressure: Only have 1 or 2 Pull-ups? Your body is stronger than you think, after weeks of training you will be surprised at what you can accomplish when it is actually go time. Going back a year Kristi was on one of the Fuse teams at WODFest. She had the pull-up issue I just stated, but walked out of her heat in the competition smiling from ear to ear because she did 9 or more pullups without coming off the bar. Something she didn’t think was possible.
So, what are you waiting for? Unless you are running around saving people from burning buildings all day long. There is no excuse, there is something for everyone. CrossFit Comps, Seahawks 5Ks, Mud Runs, 2015 FUSE Barbell Club Invitational, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, the list is endless
You NEED an outlet, its part of your DNA! So, just do it we will support you.