The desire and passion to compete can be an amazing driving force, especially when it comes to starting CrossFit training. While you should be focusing a lot of attention on your own home WOD’s, there are advantages to checking out your competition. You may even surprise yourself at how much you can learn.
Here are just a few of the benefits.
Pay close attention to how your competitors position their bodies during workouts. Proper form is vital to the success of your workout, and how your body feels afterwards.
Workouts in CrossFit vary daily, which is one of the main reasons why it’s skyrocketing in popularity. Watching your competitors may help add variety when necessary.
Competition is healthy, and can help you learn just how far you can push yourself.
The positive environment of CrossFit is a high unlike anything else. Watching your competition helping others may encourage you to start helping people yourself.
There’s something to be said about the feeling you get when you watch someone struggle but never give up until they succeed. THIS is one of the most powerful lessons from your competition.
Mental toughness isn’t something that everyone is born with. It’s a unique trait they learn from life’s struggles. Pushing towards success and getting up - no matter how often you stumble - are all lessons that lead to mental toughness. It’s even more inspiring when you watch your competition go through this.
Challenges are everywhere in CrossFit. Watching your competitor’s determination can be eye opening. After all, anything worthwhile is never easy.
Not everything is going to go as you plan. Your competitors can be your first lesson into understanding that sometimes, life will throw you a curveball. Watching them go through something unexpected, yet still manage to hold their head of high and push forward, is a great way for you to prepare for times when things don’t go your way.
"Leave your ego at the door." It’s everywhere you turn! Watch how your competitor’s welcome constructive criticism as an opportunity to improve.
Wanting others to succeed just as much as you want to succeed is the number one quality of a true leader. When you take a step back and observe how your competitors push others to always be better, you’ll understand what it means to lead.
Instead of wearing blinders when it comes to your competitors, check out your local CrossFit gym for all the learning opportunities that are right there in front of you. Competition can push you to learn more and perform at a much higher level of intensity. So, don’t fear your competition. Embrace it instead.