CrossFit has become an integral part of the lives of athletes, coaches and affiliate owners. Dr. Allison Belger interviews CrossFit athletes from different walks of life to find out just how much CrossFit affects us.
Ever notice that we CrossFitters tend to talk about CrossFitting a lot? Do you ever find yourself wondering what you used to talk about before you started CrossFitting?
I’ve written before that I think CrossFitting with consistency and intensity both requires and evokes emotional commitment. For many, it is too challenging and transformative to engage in casually. It makes us vulnerable and forces us far beyond our zones of comfort. It makes us reckon with decisions we make about eating and sleeping. It makes us consider all our excuses for not being as fit as we’d like. It gets our competitive juices flowing and encourages us to set higher goals for what our bodies can do.
Well, it’s no wonder that we can’t stop talking about it.
I decided to explore some of the psychological aspects of CrossFitting with three athletes who are part of my CrossFit community at TJ’s Gym in Northern California. I interviewed these three very different people, asking questions about their experiences as CrossFitters and about how their lives outside of CrossFit connect with their performance in the gym.