Don't be a DNB
"I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be. I call it a 'do-nothing b****.' Or, I call it a 'DNB' a lot of the time. She's a b**** who just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else."
"Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose…..doesn't mean it's masculine…..because there's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose. Because, I'm not a do-nothing b****."
Shortly before Ronda Rousey was to fight Bethe Correia at UFC 190, she made the above statements in an interview. It didn't take long for her statement to reach people all across the globe. These were some intense words spoken by a seriously tough chick! If you're unfamiliar with Ronda Rousey, here's a little background information. This female mixed martial artist is 12-0, 6-0 since joining UFC. Nine of those fights ended in under two minutes. Only one went past the first round. Her last three fights before fighting Bethe Correia ended in little more than 90 seconds—combined. Yeah, she's no joke!
Now, some may find her statement a little rough around the edges or a little insulting in nature. However, I choose to use these words as inspiration and motivation. If you take a step back for a second and really consider what Rousey is saying, it's more of a call to action. And, not just for the ladies out there. In the literal sense, it's for you guys too!
According to Rousey's definition, a DNB is someone who does NOTHING! This person sits back and watches life pass them by. They're on the sidelines. When problems arise in life, a DNB chooses to do NOTHING about it or they wait for someone else to fix the problem for them. Overall, a DNB in Rousey's definition seems pretty worthless to society. A DNB doesn't influence anyone's life or change the world. A DNB chooses to live life comfortably so they don't have to work for anything. Sounds pretty boring, right?!
With competition season quieting down for a bit, it's a great time to analyze what went well in competition, what didn't go as we planned, and what aspects we can work on to be better. While I'm sure no competitor would choose to label themselves as a DNB, there may be some DNB tendencies, attitudes and/or statements that are holding us back from being the competitor we'd like to be. Here are some you may have come across at the gym. Because we'd like to keep those DNB tendencies outside of the awesome community that 557 has become, I've listed some solutions as well!
My [insert body part] hurts! I can't WOD, lift or move today!
I'm injured! I guess I should just give up on this fitness thing (after all, it is what got me injured) and should cancel my membership at the gym.
Solution: Don't be a DNB! Chances are that your aching body part is simply sore from you working your butt off earlier in the week. Also, you're not the only one in this boat as you know your fellow gym members did the WOD right alongside you! Instead of complaining, consult with coaches on what techniques would be most helpful and hit up mobility like it's your job! Take advantage of the days programming has set aside for active recovery and don't skip that class. Maybe a few days off of rest, ice and ibuprofen are necessary…..better yet, a day of activity outside the gym or a massage! In the event that what you're experiencing goes beyond soreness and is an actual injury, movements are always able to be scaled according to ability. Your 557 coaches will be glad to provide you with ways you can substitute a similar movement or provide skills which can strengthen your weakness so that said injury doesn't happen again. All you have to do is ask! And, let's be honest, you're not getting any stronger or better by being sedentary!
[Insert movement] are my weakness! I'll just skip those or substitute another movement.
I didn't perform how I wanted to in the WOD or at this competition. Guess I just suck!
Solution: Don't be a DNB! Many times, these two go hand in hand. People skip the things they're not good at or work on them less frequently and then that weakness they don't work on is highlighted when it comes up in a WOD or competition. What should be happening is competitors working on their weaknesses even more so than the things they like or are good at. Is it fun? Is it your favorite? Probably not! But, it's a LOT of fun improving your WOD time or beating out that competitor next to you b/c a weakness is now a strength…..just a thought ;) Hard work really does pay off!
If I had the free time [insert person] has, I'd be a much better athlete.
[Insert name] is so good at CrossFit. I wish I was that good!
Solution: Don't be a DNB! We all have priorities. While the next person may prioritize differently than you, it doesn't give you the right to discredit them because of how they prioritize their time. Don't wish or wonder what it likes to be at a certain level. If reaching a certain level of fitness is a priority to you, chase it by putting in the work. If it's not your priority, go out and chase whatever you prioritize and be awesome at that! Everybody wins!
I eat out and eat junk all the time and I feel soooo miserable! I need a personal chef……
Solution: Don't be a DNB! This goes back to priorities. If feeling and/or looking good is important to you, you will eat well. If eating well is important to you, you will put in the work necessary to eat well, whether that's meal prepping, paying for someone else to meal prep, or consulting with someone on what you should be eating. If it's not important to you, then you won't. There are plenty of resources available at 557 in regards to nutrition. Don't just sit around and wonder why your body doesn't feel or look better when you've been eating McDonald's….that's definite DNB status!
All of these things are definitely easier said than done. But, no one wants to be tagged with that DNB status. After all, our gym motto clearly says, "Never easy, always worth it!" Although not as famous, Rousey has also been quoted as saying this:
"Everyone wants to win. But to truly succeed - whether it is at a sport or at your job or in life - you have to be willing to do the hard work, overcome the challenges, and make the sacrifices it takes to be the best at what you do."
So, I ask you, are you a DNB????