First of all, I want to share how excited I am to be starting our blog/news post. This is something I have been wanting to do for a while and I'm excited to be launching it.
For those who don't know me, my name is Chris and my wife Tina and I are the owners of Bionic CrossFit. I have been involved in the fitness industry for approximately 18 years. I grew up from an early childhood into my early 20's playing competitive hockey. I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations. Prior to being a business owner, I had a 12 year career in Law Enforcement. The fitness side of my life has alway been a true passion and something I did on the side as a part time job. CrossFit created an opportunity for me to pursue this passion, help support my family and surround myself with like minded individuals. A lot of the knowledge that I share on fitness and mental mindset comes from my college education, personal experience, mentors, trial and error and lots and lots of reading on sports psychology, personal/mental growth, various principles of strength training, cardiovascular health, nutrition and really understanding the methodology and science behind CrossFit. I do one simple thing when I read these principles, ideas and methods. I apply it. I apply it to myself or introduce it to my membership with the intention of targeting a specific goal. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have learned that I don't always get it right and understand the process of self reflection and having the ability to adapt. This is the key to growth for myself and the members at Bionic.
As much time as I spend talking to my members about fitness, nutrition and the science behind what we are doing when we exercise, I often find myself spending as much time if not more addressing mental mindset and having a healthy outlook when faced with adversity. The most common question I ask new and current members is "What's your why?". This is not a term or question I can take credit for. This has been a concept on an approach to success for years for people in leadership roles and athletes alike. This term became main stream when Simon Sinek gave a Teds Talk on "What's your why". I highly recommend listening to/watching it on You tube. Essentially, most people, whether a business owner, a coach, a parent or an athlete, know what you do, for the most part, know how you do it, but very few know the "why" behind what you do. Your "why" separates you from the rest of the herd. Now I can get all nerdy and talk about your "why". It essentially comes from 1 of the 5 stages of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, self actualization), but I wont bore you with this. Once you can figure out your "why", you can start shaping your goals/plan around it to have self fulfillment. When you can figure out your "why", you can handle adversity with a more positive mindset and stop wasting energy on things that don't matter or that you can't control.
When it comes to CrossFit, what is your "why" for coming in everyday? Is to have the the safety of knowing you are getting healthier to decrease the risk of chronic disease? Is to be part of a group that has the same goals and same beliefs? Maybe it's to increase your self esteem by looking better in a bathing suit (it's cool if thats it, we all want to look better), or maybe it is knowing that as grandparent you can keep up with your energetic grandkids. Or maybe, and this seems to be where a lot of people fall into, it's to push yourself to see what you are fully capable of both physically and mentally. We all fall into a category somewhere, so it is important to approach each day with a goal that satisfies this. If what you are doing doesn't help you reach your "why", don't waste your time, energy or resources on it.
We all have limited time in life and most of us have limited amounts of energy and resources so be smart with what you have.
Thanks for reading!
Don't forget to sign up for hooded sweat shirt if interested. Deadline is Friday 11/17
Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule:
Wednesday 11/22: No 6:30pm class, Thursday 11/23: 9am only, Friday 11/24: 9am and 12:30pm only