Something I’ve been hearing a lot of lately: I can’t _____ because I’m not _____.
“I can’t run because I’m too heavy.”
“I can’t do CrossFit because I’m not in shape.”
“I can’t lift weights because I’m not strong enough.”
“I can’t go to the gym because I’ll look like an idiot who doesn’t know what he/she’s doing.”
“I can’t workout because I don’t have time.”
These are excuses. Some of which I’ve used before. Most of which are totally backwards.
But here’s the thing.
The only thing you NEED to BE for any of that stuff above (or any exercise, period), is MOTIVATED.
If you want it, you’ll do it.
All of those remarks above are just excuses and nothing more.
You don’t need to be thin, in shape, coordinated, strong, or even have a ton of time. I promise, you really don’t.
I understand some people get embarrassed when they can’t do something right the first time (or second, or third), but trust me when I say “you’ll never get better if you don’t try.”
You’ll never get to where you want to be if you keep allowing yourself to have excuses.
I can honestly tell you that anyone who walks into a CrossFit gym the first time doesn’t know what they are doing. Yeah, some people may have lifted before or done some conditioning work, and they might even be in shape, but at some point, everyone will “look like an idiot”.
I didn’t know anything when I started CrossFit. I mean, I knew how to squat and whatever, but I didn’t know how to squat…meaning I didn’t know how to do it right. I still have shoddy days. But not one person in that gym is going to judge you for not knowing something, or not being thin, or fit, or weak. They will be inspired by your motivation. And they will cheer you on. Trust me on that.
I can’t tell you the last time I saw a heavy person running and thought “ugh, they really should be skinnier to be doing that…” NO!! I always want to shout at them “GOOD JOB! You’re doing great!”
I was there once, I know how it feels, it’s hard and it sucks, but the more you go, the more you know that you can do it and the less you care about, and listen to, your excuses.
All it takes is giving something a try.
All you need is MOTIVATION to do it.