I‘ve been doing CrossFit since 2008, and competing since 2009.
CrossFit has changed the path of my life for the better in so many ways.
- In 2010, I was fortunate enough to compete at the 2010 Reebok CrossFit Games on an affiliate team, CrossFit Southside.
- In 2011, things got better as I took 1st at 2011 Reebok CrossFit Southeast Regional and then placed 22nd at the Games as an individual.
Since then I’ve competed at Regionals on a team and as an individual, but have not yet made it back to the Games.
The Reebok CrossFit Games: making sacrifices to be the best
We’re currently in Games season with the Regionals upon us.
The regional competition to a competitive CrossFit athlete is like the conference championship game in the NFL.
Each athlete has spent countless hours, many days, many nights working to improve weaknesses, getting stronger, battling through injuries, missing birthday parties, etc.
If you win, you go to the Super Bowl, the Reebok CrossFit Games, to get a chance to be the best.
I you lose, you start all over again from square one.
Every second and every rep matters – one second too long, or one rep too short, and your season is over.
Three tips to succeed at sports, business and at home
While my time has come and gone as an elite Games competitor, my job at Reebok allows me to better understand the demands of training to be the best in your sport, while also finding time to run your business, and succeed at home.
We’re all athletes.
We all have strengths, we all have weaknesses, and we all have goals.
We all sweat, we all fail, and we all succeed inside the walls of Reebok CrossFit ONE, and inside the walls of Reebok.
Below you will find some tips that can help you achieve your goals, and be successful in your own pursuits, whatever they may be.
1. Create a schedule and stick to it
Games athletes have a constant and unwavering pursuit of excellence in all they do.
Every rep, every workout, every hour of their day is calculated.
In my experience as an athlete and friend to so many Games athletes, the most successful athletes maintain balance in their lives.
And so, training time, school/work/sponsor appearance time, and social time are all planned.
Having a strong support system and ability to manage time is of utmost importance for achieving any goal you set for yourself.
2. Step out of your comfort zone
Elite athletes do the things they’re not good at – things nobody wants to do.
If you want to be better at something – whether it’s deficit handstand pushups or speaking in front of groups – the only way to get better at it is to spend more time DOING.
3. Invest more in yourself, and your team
At Reebok, the business culture has fully accepted CrossFit, and has fully supported not only our signed Games athletes, but also the athletes that compete right here in the Northeast from Reebok CrossFit ONE.
That is what separates Reebok from other companies.
Everyone has their certain class they go to, for me it’s the 6:30am class, aka the Dirty 6:30!
To be the best version of you, invest more in yourself, and live like an elite athlete.
Try to do the things that you don’t want to do, adopt the mindset that good is not enough, excellence is your goal.
Have good form inside the gym, tackle tough work projects head on, and respect everyone else outside of your gym and work life.
What are you waiting for?
Be better than yesterday, and be elite in all you do.