Pep Talks

By Coach Cameron Hudson

Last month I was having a conversation with a member about their own CrossFit journey. This particular member told me that his goal was to attend classes three times per week for six weeks. At the six week mark, he would up to four classes per week. As he is telling me about some health issues from the past and all the shenanigans life can hurl your way, I was thinking how awesome it was to hear how motivated he was to turn stuff around and get back on track. As the conversation began winding down, he told me he has a small pep talk with himself prior to walking through the gym doors. It varies from day to day, but there is one phrase that always closes it out; shut up, show up, bring it. I can fully appreciate someone who shares my affinity for pep talks, as I frequently give myself ‘pep’ talks mid workout.

After our conversation, I kept hearing that phrase in my head. “Shut up, show up, bring it”. This can be applied to a variety of circumstances, but with respect to fitness, here’s what I interpreted it as:

Shut Up – You had a long day, you’re tired, you’re sore, I’m not good at those movements. Shut up. Quit trying to talk yourself out of going to the gym. Show Up – You have gone through your checklist of excuses and found none are sufficient to skip out on class. Show up. Getting to the gym and making it a part of your routine is a huge part of the battle. Bring It – Congratulations! You’re here, you made it. Why continue with the excuses? You’ve made it this far, you might as well give all you can for that one hour class. Who knows, you might learn something new or surprise yourself on something. As we enter our second week of 2018, there might be those of us trying to find that missing ingredient to get back on track. Some of us might be looking to find something to keep us accountable and on track. That something is going to be different for each of us, but this phrase might be a good place to start.

Cameron “Just Tryna Stay Fit” Hudson

P.S- I had an amazing response to my last challenge for people to share their CrossFit journey with me. I truly enjoyed hearing all of the stories! So, for this week, I would like you to take some time and reflect on what your ‘pep’ talk might sound like on those days when excuses are easier to generate than reasons to get to the gym. Feel free to share with me! See y’all in class.