Overcoming Limitations and Learning to be Patient with Yourself
Paddye recently accomplished a personal best that surprised even herself. It involved wall balls... 50 of them. But that's not the full story; she got through those 50 wall balls pain free. Joining CrossFit as a means to continue pursuing her love for Judo, she found a second home, but not without its own frustrations. Through her one-on-one sessions with Coach Steve, Paddye has overcome previous injuries, faced her fears, and developed a sense of patience with herself that's allowed her to enjoy the whole process.
"I couldn’t have done it without the good humoured and straightforward guidance I receive in my classes with Steve. I tried CrossFit a couple of times and felt frustrated because I couldn’t get beyond some injuries. Steve has helped me work around or push past those limitations and find other ways to achieve my goals. Originally, I started CrossFit as a way to get back to being active in Judo. I’ve discovered another passion in CrossFit. The culture of camaraderie, energy, and good humour - the effort is what counts - is empowering. Wall balls... I’ve dreaded them since my first introduction to CrossFit. Whew. Who knew I could do fifty?"
Steve has helped me work around or push past those limitations and find other ways to achieve my goals.
Paddye's story doesn't sound too unfamiliar. Injuries are frustrating from a day-to-day perspective, and even more so when it stops you from doing what you love. For those of you unsure of your next steps, Paddye has some solid advice on just being honest with yourself and those around you. Communicate what you're going through, and acknowledge the real reasons that are holding you back. You never know what kind of revelations may come from it. Remember, fitness and happiness has no deadline.
"The thing I learned in my first two forays into CrossFit was that I would have been more successful had I voiced my frustrations with my limitations immediately. I was embarrassed at not being as fit as I had been before I’d wrecked my shoulder and hip joint. (And here, I have to say Liv was a miracle worker in rehabilitating those joints). I finally mentioned it to Adam one day and he said, “everyone here has limitations. We figure out a way to work around them”. That’s when I realized that all of my limitations weren’t just joint related. My best decision was signing up for a ten class introduction with a personal trainer who pushed me beyond my fears."