“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” A quote that’s not just true but when applied can be a game changer. Earlier this month over 30 members of our CoreFit squad recently made a trip together to visit the small town of Washougal near Portland, Oregon to run to through the hills, crawl through the mud, lift a large atlas stone carrying it to a designated area dropping it to do burpees and picking the stone back up to carry it back across the starting point. That’s just 1 of of the 27 obstacles on the 4+ mile course they had waiting for us. Sounds like fun doesn’t it!
Well, when you look at a few of the pictures from the race you can get a sense of what people were feeling as faced these challenges. Despite any doubts people had going into the race, fears they were forced to reckon with, and frustrations I’m sure they felt after failing an obstacle and having to complete 30 burpees before moving on, when you look at these pictures, you can see the ear to ear smiles on everyone’s face and the glow that shined through the mud caked on our bodies. At times we had to exert all our strength to get through the obstacle but we knew if we ever found the bottom of our gas tank the person next to us would make sure they used everything they had to ensure we kept going. We didn’t just learn something about ourselves but we learned what great people we were in the company of.
In life, you can avoid putting yourself out there most of the time, but you’ll keeping yourself from the chance to learn and grow from it. Mental fortitude and lessons learned from events when they are voluntarily chosen, like an obstacle course race, gives us something we can draw from for other times in life when physical or mental toughness unexpectedly becomes required for us to avoid real consequence. There certainly have been moments in my life that have had absolutely nothing to do with fitness and moments like these have crossed through my mind, if I got through that, I know I can get through this. It’s an empowering feeling when you accomplish something that you were scared to even start.
If health is important to you or personal growth is something you have been wanting, find a good locally owned gym and you also find a great community of people that will most certainly inspire you to live better enjoy more of life. Set a goal, write it down and put date you will accomplish this. Avoid the common weight loss goals that may have failed you before and instead pick something that can be both meaningful and conducive to you living and eating healthier. One example is your chance sign up for a local race in Spokane this October that will be similar to the one our group at CoreFit did described in this article. Whether you have zero fitness at the moment, or have been rocking a good routine but want to challenge yourself, you will have the opportunity to do so at the Ultimate Fitness Run put on by CoreFit. We want to encourage all people, not just those already fit, to have something FUN they can put their sights on and start working towards their goals. This won’t be a walk in the park though, as I said, we expect you to set your goal and start training for it. So if this is the mark you want to set, don’t wait for it, start a plan now! If you are unsure where to start, that’s what gyms like CoreFit are here for, to help hold you accountable and show you how you can get to your goals. Remember, to get to the finish that day, or any day, you must first get to the starting line.