I recently read a book about the history of CrossFit.
The friend who recommended it told me:
– “It is a great read, it applies not only to fitness but business.”
I was very hesitant about reading it. My mind was telling me:
-“What in the world can you learn from a doing weights or running??”.
During my reading I started to gain curious about fitness and how people got so motivated to do it.
Last time I did sports or any formal physical activity was in high school
Curiosity was big enough to challenge myself to do something audacious:
-“Let’s do 10 push ups a day and see what happens”
First day I did 7 and stopped. Second day, 7 again. I couldn’t keep going.
By day number five I did 10 and for 2 weeks I have done 10 every day.
From the book, I know CrossFit is all about intense training. Push your body to its limits.
I hear physical experts saying to me: –“It is at that limit when your body starts generating endorphins and the process of recovering the muscles burns fat”
-“What? I don’t like exercise. I am not going to torture myself.”, I thought.
But, to be honest, how can I comment about what would you feel if you never experienced going to your limit?
I challenged myself again to see how many push ups I could do.
To my surprise I got to 15 with little effort. 16,17,18….
“ugh… my muscles hurt”,
19… –“I feel the heat!”
I started going up for my 20th, slowly, my arms were on fire. I was slowly moving up but was not going to give up.
“Twenty!”, I shout and rolled on my back.
I could feel the air feeding my lungs and my muscles getting the oxygen from the blood.
My brain seemed more alert, I got more energy!
I don’t recall feeling this since my high school PE classes, the feeling brought back the memory.
If you are a fitness fan, maybe you are laughing about my 20 push ups.
For me was a conquest, a victory. A reminder that one should only compete with oneself. In fitness or in business.
Be better than your yesterday’s self everyday.