We understand. You’re there. You’ve finally reached that point. The point where you can think of a million other things you’d rather be doing than coming into a WOD that you probably won’t even do that well in because you’re sore and tired. We TOTALLY get it.

You’re just there.

You’re tired, and rather than finding reasons of why your box is SO great, you’ve actually began to think of things your box needs to fix, improve on, or do better with.

What’s happening to you? You love this place so much… these people are your family… you used to dream about the WODs.

You create the tough questions like, “Can I really afford this every month?” Or, “Why do I keep paying this money if I can only make it in two times this week?” Or even, “I just don’t care anymore…  I’m just doing the WODs, not really keep track of anything.”

In reality, let’s face the facts. Your box is growing, times are changing, and people are progressing. Are these really things to get upset about?

Welcome to the unavoidable world of a veteran CrossFitter. You’ve been doing this for long enough that frankly you can’t really remember life before it. It has changed you and you feel forever indebted to this crazy sport and crazy place you call home. What’s happening to you isn’t unheard of; it’s just rarely talked about.

What CAN we do when we get to this inevitable place that so many CrossFitters face?

  1. Remember why you started:  go back. Look at pictures of yourself before CrossFit or even right when you started. Remember those feelings, those people, those moments, those WODs. Cherish them and think of how far you’ve really came. You’re 10 steps ahead, why take so many steps back?

  2. Take a few days off: You don’t want to be there when you’re miserable, and frankly, your daily WOD partners don’t really benefit from a negative attitude. Give your body and mind a rest, and come back ready to tackle your WOD with a positive mindset and a new set of goals.

  3. Speaking of goals, MAKE NEW, ATTAINABLE ONES: Set some standards for yourself. Just because you’ve been there for what feels like forever doesn’t mean you can’t find things to improve on. Pick three and try to reach those within the next 3-4 months. Check in on your goals every month and make notes on how much you’ve progressed and how far you might be from reaching it. Be adaptive and adjustable. Remember, change doesn’t happen overnight, but it also doesn’t happen without hard work.

  4. Be realistic: Do you want to compete? Or, are you just not quite there yet? Are you going to be there ever? Do you love the social aspect that CrossFit gives you? Find your ground and stick to it. You don’t have to be “elite” to be a veteran.

  5. Mentor others: Nothing can boost your own confidence and make others feel welcome than lending out a helping hand to a newbie. It doesn’t have to be giving them lifting pointers, leave that stuff to the coaches; it can be as simple as introducing them to your own gym buddies and making sure they’ve heard about the latest and upcoming gym event.

  6. Stop being so hard on yourself: It’s okay to feel tired, it’s okay to feel burnt out at times, and it’s okay to have a bad attitude. What’s not okay is making a habit of these things. We all have our bad days, our bad weeks, but what matters most is that we trust ourselves and believe in this process. Without having faith in yourself, your hard work you’re putting into the gym will lack the results you’ve been seeking.

So, yes, you’re right, that honeymoon stage has probably worn off by now, but your box isn’t going anywhere. Your team of coaches isn’t forgetting about you, and your CrossFit family, whoever they may be, still has your back. Take a deep breath, and be proud of the fact that you are now a CrossFit Vet, still reaching towards success.