How do you define strong?
By how much you can lift? Like in CrossFit…
By how much you can juggle? By being a mum/ dad or within your role at work…
By how you are viewed emotionally?
Do you think you are strong?
In the CrossFit world strength often is perceived in how much you can lift – those weights on the bar, lifting your own body weight in a handstand push up, how quick you can build muscle. You are measured on your physical strength capacity.
Recently I have begun to doubt my own strength. Am I strong when another athlete beside me can lift twice what I am? Am I strong when my 1RM front squat is her 20RM? What am I doing wrong that means I can’t do more.
When looking at this subject, yes we all must remember where we have come from – I remember a time almost 2 years ago when the 7.5kg training bar was too heavy for me to WOD with – I wasn’t well and I certainly wasn’t strong. Now I can lift so much more than I ever dreamed (that recovery road is a LONG one) and I certainly have muscles that others don’t, but does that mean I am strong? When I look at the CrossFit board at our box or at the other girls in my gym I am inclined to answer no.
But here is where I change my mind… when I look at emotional strength. I choose to train in an environment where I am at the bottom – but I’m still there. I never come first or am the best at any CrossFit move – but I am still there. I often get so upset when I have to scale so much from what is programmed – but I am still there. And why am I still there? Because I am strong. Because I have the ability to see and truly feel the bigger picture – even when I have those days where I feel like the weakest physical person on the planet. I have a desire to build on what I am. I can feel the strength within me and CrossFit helps me develop that mental strength.
Strength comes in so many shapes and forms and we all have the ability to feel it within us. Many exude a physical strength that I would adore to have. For some their strength comes from within.
So next time I have to scale a WOD or I don’t feel great when I look at my peers around me in the box I will remember and focus on that awesome mental strength that I have that keeps me feeling like I have the heart of a lion! That, is, and always will be my strength.
How do you view your strength or define strength?
Are you physically or mentally strong? (Or a bit of both!)
Name a time when you felt really strong (or not)?
Linking up with Amanda over @RunningWithSpoons for Thinking Out Loud – Check her page out for more thoughts and rambles!