Original Beastly News article
By Rob Bloom
Sometimes when I’m discussing CrossFit with my friends (who don’t CrossFit) the topics of strict healthy diet, lack of unnecessary indulgence and consistent intense training come up, and I get this reaction, “well, dude, you gotta live.” My response, “You’re right, I do live, just not the way countless others do.”
See, the thing is, I’ve got one life to live and I choose to live it elite.
Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t always had this outlook on life, nor do I consider myself elite in the popular CrossFit reference, as in “elite” like the guys and gals below.
But I consider myself elite in how I approach life, how I treat myself, and how I interact with others. Here’s how we can all live a life, elite.
I think it’s safe to assume that many of us have spent our share of years “living in the moment.” But life is short, why not make the most of it, plus feeling shitty all the time sucks. I find it crazy that the definition of living to some people boils down to a lame, “fuck it, you only live once” in which case they gorge themselves with crappy food, live a stagnant lifestyle, gain lots of weight and generally become unhealthy. As CrossFitters we acknowledge that and choose to “live once” in a way that makes us feel good, in control, confident, healthy and young. Life to a CrossFitter should be about overcoming challenges instead of constantly feeling challenged and doing nothing about it.
The CrossFit lifestyle — eating clean, training intensely and regularly, resting when your body needs it, thinking positively — in most cases, turns out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to us. The lifestyle encourages healthy behavior that, through consistency, results in dramatic transformations in ones body, health and attitude.
Train regularly, with intensity – Take your physical fitness seriously. Train to become stronger and faster, to develop greater balance and coordination, endurance and stamina. Push yourself physically each and every work out. Don’t obsess over your training but wake up in the morning thinking about and mentally preparing for what physical challenges await you. At night, reflect on your day’s physical performance, what you learned and what new challenges await you for the next day. Repeat that process throughout the week.
Eat clean – It drives me crazy when I hear people say, “I work out like crazy so that I can eat whatever I want.” The idea of working out isn’t so that you can reward yourself with unhealthy eating binges. Training and a healthy diet go hand in hand. Momentum is built when multiple positive behaviors are combined consistently. You are what you eat and your fuel is derived from what you eat. Fill your tank with quality fuel and your engine will purr. Fill it with crap and it’ll backfire on you and leave you on the side of the road looking pathetic. Note: I’m not advocating for no cheat days, but use those cheat days as springboards to greater focus and discipline.
Rest often – Sure, we all have lots to do each day and it seems as though there’s never enough time to get everything done. I’ve heard plenty of people actually boast about “how little sleep they need.” But that’s bullshit. Lack of sleep catches up to you. And when you train intensely and regularly and you get plenty of sleep but then let yourself slip and deprive yourself of proper rest, watch how fast you start to feel like crap. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Learn – I’m not saying we should all unplug from our digital lives, but consider using those iPhones, Androids and iPads to access books, articles, videos and apps that provide us with opportunities to learn. Instead of falling victim to the latest popular games or other time- and intellect-sucking distractions, use your free time to study interesting information. Figure out something new that you could benefit from. Find excitement in teaching yourself something that perhaps you could in turn, teach to someone else. In the context of your health and fitness, learn about proper nutrition and lifting technique, find motivation in the success of others and apply it to yourself. You’re never too old to learn and all you need to do is hang out at the mall for a little while to realize that there are so many people who should be learning more! Be productive!
Project positivity – In a stressful world it’s too easy to be negative — work on always looking towards the brighter side of things. If you live a healthy, elite life you will reap rewards. And if you are rewarded with positive results, then make sure you rejoice in that success. Don’t waste energy wanting for more, apply positivity to actually create more. Build momentum to put ideas into actions and follow through until those actions turn into progress and results. Your elite lifestyle enables you to make decisions that you will benefit from — decisions about what to eat, whether or not you want to become stronger — decisions on how to treat others, which directly affects how you will be treated in return.
The skeptical person I referenced in my opening paragraph doesn’t necessarily understand how to make such decisions, they might not pursue anything. Too many people are just “winging it” with little regard for how decisions and behavior today affects tomorrow, and the next day.
We’re elite because we choose to be better than we were yesterday.
We’ve got one life to live, live it elite.