Pictures can send powerful messages. You’ve probably seen your fair share of "Before” and “After” photos showcasing transformed physiques. I know I have seen plenty of them on television or in a magazine. These photos can be motivating. It’s pretty inspiring to see how someone turned themselves into a chiseled art form, and then proudly displays their progress saying, “Look at what I did! You can do it too!”
I’m not against taking “Before” and “After” photos. In fact I still use photos as a way to document progress when I don’t want to rely solely on the scale. But the problem is that we don’t get to live our lives in our “After” photo. Unlike a photo, we are not fixed objects. We are always changing.
Is it just me or is social media feeling a little less social these days? I love interacting with people about fitness, their goals and travels but it seems it's becoming increasingly harder to do just that. More of my time lately on social media is spent sifting through videos, articles and pictures that don't pertain to my interests. So, I've decided to start a discussion forum on my website to interact with my readers and friends.
There's little doubt that CrossFit has turned the fitness world upside down. Gone are the days of traditional weightlifting and cardio routines. Your approach to workouts has also probably changed; maybe even more than you realize. Here are a few of the effects from the workout routine we know as CrossFit.
Before: "I've only ran for 15 minutes. That's not a long enough workout. I need to run longer."
After: "A fifteen minute AMRAP? That's so long! I hope I can make it through the workout."
Before: "Wow! That looks heavy!"
After: "How much does that weigh? Oh yeah, I can lift that!"
Before: "I wonder what I should do tomorrow at the gym?"
After: "I need to look at tomorrow's WOD. Uh-oh! What is a manmaker? I better Google that."
Before: "I wonder if those shorts would make my legs look good?"
After: "I wonder if I could squat in those shorts?"
Before: "Three sets of twenty pushups felt pretty good today"
After: "I can't believe I just did one hundred pushups in that WOD!"
Before: "I can't remember how many reps of this exercise I'm on."
After: "What do you mean 'no rep'? I was almost done!"
Before: "Box Jumps? Don't professional athletes do those?"
After: "Box Jumps? My shins still hurt from the last time I did box jumps!"
Before: "I'm going to lift today and run tomorrow."
After: "Running in between overhead squats was really hard!"
Before: "I hope there are some treadmills available when I get to the gym today."
After: "I hope we're not running up that huge hill in the WOD today!"
Before: "Burpees? Yeah I can do those."
After: "Burpees? Why am I being punished?"
Before: "I hate watching the time tick away on the treadmill. It takes forever!"
After: "I get so nervous when the ten seconds ticks down on the clock! 3,2,1, Go!"
There you have it! Workouts will never be the same, once you've tired CrossFit!
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.