an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm.
What are you afraid of?
Is it looking silly, or Is it getting injured doing a particular movement?
Is it letting the team down, or holding someone up in a partner workout?
Everyone has something they’re afraid of in the gym (even the people that look like they’re confident).
For me, I used to be afraid of doing a muscle-up on the rings. Early on in my CrossFit journey, I had a few falls off the rings, and it really shook my confidence. I’ve always struggled with stability and balance (which is why I’ve been getting on the slackline a bit more often), with very little control over my body. It was like watching a piece of wet fettuccini try to do a muscle-up.
As I was just starting to get a bit more strength and control in my shoulders, I hit a pretty big roadblock. I had a traumatic dislocation from a fall at work and ended up getting surgery a year later.
In the months that followed, my shoulder got stronger, and my fitness improved, but my fear of muscle-ups actually got worse. It got to the point where I would avoid looking at the rings, just the sight made my palms sweaty.
But I stayed the course, followed the programming and rehab work from my physio, got stronger and ready to try again. I slowly regained my confidence
It all came to a head in this years CrossFit Open. I hadn’t done a kipping muscle-up for years at that point. I did a couple in the warm-up, and ended up getting a score I was thrilled with, and finally struck a bit of confidence. I’m still dialling in my technique, but now I’m not so scared any more
I trusted the process over the course of 5 years, and it paid off when I wasn’t expecting it
So if you’re afraid of something, own it (admit you’re scared) and keep working on it. Trust in the process, commit yourself to consistent effort over the long term, and the things you’re afraid of now eventually won’t bother you at all
If you’re afraid of something and don’t know the first thing about overcoming that fear – I’d definitely recommend that you come and speak with one of our coaches – We’re here to help and usually have experience in dealing with what’s currently holding you back
All the Best,