I am reading an excellence book titled, "The Happiness Advantage" The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.
In the book, the author explains how exercise not only releases pleasure inducing chemicals called endorphins, which is reason enough to exercise in my opinion.
"Physical activity can boost mood and enhance work performance in a number of ways as well, by improving motivation and feelings of mastery, reducing stress and anxiety, and helping us get into the flow-that "locked in feeling" of total engagement that we usually get when we're at our most productive."
CrossFit offers so many opportunities to feel mastery. Have you ever got off the treadmill and thought, "F-yes, I just owned that treadmill"? How about completely nailing that 1RM snatch where it all comes together and is smooth as silk? Did your first pull up feel amazing? Now, do you have movements in your arsenal that you once viewed as near impossible?
This is a beautiful component of CrossFit. Yeah exercise is good for you if you can force yourself to slug away on the treadmill or on bi's and tri's day. You will reap the benefits afterwards. CrossFit on the other hand is incredibly challenging, scary and best of all FUN! It's exhilarating! You will get the feeling of mastery while exercising and also outside of the gym in many other areas of your life. It's a double or triple bonus. That's one reason CrossFit is dominating the world of strength and conditioning in my opinion. Sure, the non believers are going to dismiss it and be jealous but millions of people who understand and reap the benefits are not wrong. If it has changed your life for the better would you listen to anyone who says it doesn't work. The proof is in the pudding. "Have fun, get results." (Greg Glassman)
10 Cleans (135/95)
12 Push Ups
14 Box Jumps
15 mins to est. 3rm Hang Snatch
6X3 Snatch at 87% of above
15 mins to est 1rm Clean and Jerk
6X3 Clean + 1 Jerk at 87% of above