If you've been doing CrossFit for any amount of time, I would highly encourage you to compete. You don't have to compete in a CrossFit competition, it can be anything. Whether it's weightlifting, an obstacle course race, a 5k, or any number of sports, take your fitness outside of the gym and put it to the test!
I was fortunate to spend this past weekend coaching and cheering for 8 of our athletes down at the Independence Games. I'm certain that none of them would classify themselves as "elite competitors," yet they were willing to put themselves out there to test themselves over a grueling day of events. I am extremely proud of each of our competitors. They showed that they aren't afraid to test themselves, and show everyone their abilities.
Here are just a few reasons to compete:
Competing makes your goal concrete
Setting a date for a competition, race, or tournament creates a clear and time sensitive goal for your training. Find an event that is a few months out and direct your energy towards succeeding in that particular event. It will keep you motivated and progressing forward. If you have a deadline looming, you'll be less inclined to skip your training session - and you'll be better for it.
Competing tests your skills
Even if you're not at the top of your game, competing can shed light on where you need to improve. Are your double unders and overhead squats up to par, or do they need a bit of work? Is your softball swing getting base hits, or are you popping up to short stop every at bat? Competition highlights our strengths and weaknesses and can help us generate a plan to improve as we move ahead.
Competing is fun
Competing is down right fun. Our workouts here in the gym are tough, very tough at times. When you have a chance to test all the hard work that you're doing daily, it's fun! But you have to make it fun. Don't go into your event stressed out and worried. Relax, your finishing position doesn't determine who you are as a person. Make it enjoyable.
If you're looking for a competition to attend, talk to a coach, there are a few local events and races coming up soon!