Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Opposite ends of the spectrum.

I have seen two different ends of the new athlete spectrum this week at the gym.

Athlete A is your average mom who has put her children first for the last few years and has now decided to focus a bit on herself. She is not in terrible shape, but she isn't as thin and shapely as she probably used to be. She has been in class a bit over two weeks and is upset with herself because it's harder than she thought. She isn't seeing results and feels incredibly awkward. Quitting has become a habit with her and she is ready to give up now. I wish I could convince her that she is being way harder on herself than anyone else is. I wish I had magic powers and could show her her future if she sticks with it. She could see how strong and confident she will be. Results come slowly, but they do come if you stick with it.

Athlete B is a young man that struggles with his weight and self image. The first night when I met him he was slumped over and hiding his face. He was literally trying to hide behind everyone. He is overweight and needs physical fitness to save his life. I was worried that it would be really hard for him to adapt to our crazy, loud CrossFit workouts. However, I was wrong. By the end of the first week, his posture had completely changed and he was standing tall. You could see his face clearly and he was ready to go! Tonight I realized he had seen his future and how awesome it could be. My heart swells with joy with the realization that his life is going to be different!

No big "moral of the story" here. Just some observations.

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