What if we told you that the secret sauce to pushing past your limits in CrossFit might not be that extra scoop of protein in your shake, or the extra hour you’re spending at the gym? Well, as it turns out, the answer might lie in the cheering from your gym buddies or a pat on the back from your coach.
It is indisputable that recognition and social support play a significant role in the CrossFit community, so let’s dive deeper to understand how this could be the hidden gem driving high performance in CrossFit athletes.
A community that sweats together, succeeds together
Every CrossFitters’ personal journey underscores the incredible impact that recognition can have on an athlete’s performance.
Take, for instance, the example of Stephen Clarke, a CrossFit coach at Bua Celbridge and a capable and driven CrossFit athlete. Stephen recounted on episode 9 of our Constantly Varied podcast that there was a time when he was juggling responsibilities, balancing his gym ownership role, and his training. He was just about ready to throw in the towel, but what turned things around for him was the unrelenting support and recognition from his CrossFit community.
This sense of camaraderie, of shared struggle and mutual recognition, is intrinsic to CrossFit’s ethos. It goes beyond clapping for the last person finishing their WOD (workout of the day) – it’s about acknowledging each other’s journeys, milestones, and even the tiny victories in between.
More than just a high five
Recognition in CrossFit isn’t just a high five or a pat on the back. It’s about acknowledging the grit, the grind, and the perseverance that each member pours into their workout. It’s celebrating both the victories and the effort, regardless of the outcome.
As Stephen aptly stated, “One of the things we’ve done really well as a gym is building that culture of recognition, celebrating those small wins, those PRs, and acknowledging the effort that goes into every WOD.”
It’s this culture of recognition that fuels the CrossFit community, pushing each member to perform better, train harder, and not give up when the going gets tough.
Recognition fuels motivation
Human beings thrive on recognition and social validation, and CrossFit athletes are no different. Recognition fosters motivation and adds a dash of healthy competition. It can be the driving force that makes you add that extra plate to your barbell or shave a few seconds off your finish time.
Reflecting on the role recognition played in his CrossFit journey, Stephen emphasised that “What got me hooked to CrossFit was not just the training methodology, but also the sense of community, the recognition, and the motivation that comes with it.”
Harnessing the power of recognition
Stephen’s unique perspective underscores the need for us to actively cultivate a culture of recognition in our CrossFit communities. It’s not just about personal records or leaderboard standings, but acknowledging the sheer effort, determination, and resilience that each member brings to the box every day.
Recognition is a potent tool. In the CrossFit realm, it could mean the difference between someone simply “working out” and someone truly pushing their boundaries, transcending their limits, and continuously improving.
And ultimately, isn’t that what CrossFit is all about?