How hard are you on yourself? Think about it. The things you tell yourself in your head every day, would you ever dare to say those things out loud to another person? How often do you put yourself down or disparage your abilities or your body? How often do you feel not worthy or less than?Read More
Congratulations! You’ve done the seemingly impossible. You’ve gotten me off online dating forever (hopefully) and made me insanely and deliriously happy.Although, you have greatly disappointed all of my social media followers. But I digress.
In all seriousness, I want to thank you and acknowledge you for so many things, so I thought I would write you a letter and share it with the world. Because that’s romantic, right?Read More
Every morning I leave my building to head to CrossFit. I’m dressed in my gym clothes and have my enormous bag on my shoulder. I’m also usually holding my protein shake and coffee. And every morning there are people sitting outside my building…smoking. At 8am. Or earlier. Some of them have children. All are either obese or emaciated. There seems to be no middle ground. And it makes me wonder what they think when they see me walk by. Knowing I am doing something good for my body and they aren’t. Do they even allow themselves to think like that?Read More
Let’s be honest. We’re all spoiled brats. We live in a first world country where we pretty much have anything at our fingertips. We want for almost nothing. No matter what most of our incomes, we all have more money than most of the world. We have it fucking easy. We don’t walk miles to get fresh water. We don’t worry about rampant disease or unsanitary conditions. Most of us have access to more food than people elsewhere could dream of. We live in lovely homes with walls, central heating, plumbing, A/C and electricity. We literally carry the world in our pockets.Read More
I was warming up the other day at the box (That’s CrossFit speak for ‘the gym’) with a younger member and I asked him if he was doing the Open. Yes, he said, his first time. I asked if he’d been able to Rx (do the workouts as prescribed, without scaling the weight or movements) both workouts so far and he said yes. He’s only been doing Crossfit for 9 months. I told him it was amazing he could Rx already and that after 3+ years I still couldn’t Rx many things. He asked me, “What keeps you coming back?” I said, well, I’m an older athlete and it’s possible I may never be able to do certain things. But I can always get better and I can always get stronger. That’s what keeps me coming back.Read More
My former coach used to hammer this home every workout but no matter how many times he said it, I disagreed. I always felt like I SHOULD be able or capable of doing certain movements. Like my tenure in CrossFit had earned me that dubious honor. It doesn’t. The only thing that earns you anything is hard work. Consistent practice. And dedication.Read More
Food has to be the second most popular topic in any box. Walk into any CrossFit and chances are people are talking about how they can’t wait to go home to eat. Or they’re sharing what they ate last night or what they’re making for dinner. In fact they probably Instagrammed it. And while often this is something healthy, it’s also just as likely that it’s not. It might be donuts, or burgers or pizza. And that’s ok.Read More
Let’s face it, distraction is par for the course in 2017. With everything at our fingertips, it’s almost impossible to be able to do anything uninterrupted anymore. Ding, text message. Ding, email. Ding, Facebook notification. Ding, Instagram notification. Ding, breaking news. Our phones alone are wired to not allow us one moment of peace. Not to mention the constant distractions of family, work, commuting and more.Read More
It’s CrossFit Christmas. That time you wait for all year with breathless anticipation, hoping Santa, I mean, Dave Castro brings you what you asked for. But like countless children, most years you end up sorely disappointed and frankly, just sore.Read More
I don’t understand doubt. And no, I’m not a narcissist or a sociopath. I’m just me. But I’m also quite capable of acknowledging how much work I put into being me.
Let’s break it down for a second. I’ve been writing — professionally — for 20+ years. So when I pitch a job or I talk to a potential client, why would I ever think I’m not qualified or the role is too big for me? Of course I’m qualified. I’ve been immersed in this space and learning all I can to keep getting better for years. I’ve put in the work. Doubting I can do it doesn’t even enter the realm.Read More
Does this sound like you? You run the same pace and distance a few days a week. You do 30 minutes on the elliptical reading a magazine? You do the same weights and reps and sets every week. In other words you workout pretty regularly but you feel like you aren’t seeing results. Maybe you blame the monotony of your routine or maybe you blame your diet or maybe you chalk it up to getting older and having a slow metabolism. But how much effort are you putting into those workouts?Read More
I’m not fit enough to start CrossFit.
That statement is the epitome of #AlternativeFacts. CrossFit is no different from any other exercise program in that you can start it no matter what your level of fitness. Now, that said, it’s actually better than most other fitness programs for that very reason, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
My grandmother taught me to dive when I was probably 4 or 5. We would go to the town pool every day and she would instruct me, and eventually my little brother, on how to dive. We were fishes who definitely took naturally to water but diving is not something anyone enters into lightly. Even a child can see the danger of putting your head before your body and plunging into the unknown.Read More
Isn’t melancholy such a great word? It completely sucks, of course, to be melancholy, but saying you’re sad is just, well, sad. But saying you’re feeling melancholy somehow makes your sadness seem downright royal.Read More
If you know me, you know that patience is not one of my strong suits. I'm very quick to anger and I let little things get to me. A lot of this has to do with the fact that I'm extremely logical and I do things quickly. So when people don't behave with common sense or they're somehow inhibiting my progress in a timely manner (or what I deem timely), I have a hard time being ok with that. It's a flaw and one I'm acutely aware of.Read More
Fear. It might be the single biggest thing that holds us back in every aspect of our lives. And the older we get the more fear we have because we know exactly what could happen...if. When you're a kid you jump on your bike and go. You don't give a second thought to potentially falling off and scraping your knee. You don't have time to worry because you're too busy having fun and living in the moment. You're being present. Actually, being a child might be the ultimate study in being fully present in our life. You aren't thinking about your homework or what chores you still have to do, you're simply playing and having fun with your friends. That is all that matters in that moment.Read More
I am so honored to hear from friends, colleagues and fellow athletes that I inspire them. It's humbling and flattering and, of course, rewarding. But there's definitely a disconnect going on, because while most of them tell me this, the next words out of their mouth are something like "of course I still haven't done anything myself."Read More