You're a couple of months into your new fitness program. You are making great progress and are super happy because this is the longest you've been able to stick to a program. In fact, you are so excited that you decide to post a selfie to your favorite social media site and....oh, snap....here come all the comments.
"You're going to hurt your back/shoulder/knee"
"Don't do so much cardio/weight training/high intensity training"
"If you want to lose weight/gain muscle/feel better, then you need to add heavier weights/lighter weights/no weights and stop running/lifting so much/pushing so hard"
Wow! Who knew there were so many experts out there? Yeah, I'm kidding. Everyone is an expert on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. But you know who the true expert is? You. That's right. You are your own expert. We say it all the time.
If you listen too closely to the internet warriors, you'll drive yourself crazy and invite a whole lot of unnecessary negativity into your life.
This is exactly what Summer found when she asked a simple question about CrossFit.
"As I reflected on their answers, their concerns, and their harsh criticism of CrossFit, I became acutely aware of how much I’ve let people dictate how I feel about nearly every facet of my life, for as long as I can remember. I let the thin, reedy women who said they have never seen a CrossFitting woman they’d like to look like make me feel badly about myself, judged by the size of my thighs, and looked down upon for my natural shape. I allowed these people the space to make me feel like maybe I wasn’t making the right decision for my overall health. I let these people make me think for half a second that I was entering this elitist sport of meatheads and extreme competitors. I gave people space in my head that said 'this won’t help you become more fit."
Lucky for her and us, Summer is strong enough to recognize the chatter for what it is...chatter. Choose to let it bother you and it will bother you. Remember, these are likely the same people who think being sturdy is a bad thing.
You are in charge of your reactions to emotionally charged criticism. You are in charge of where you go for fitness information. Choose well.
Bottom line for evaluating any fitness program? How do you feel? Is it making you happier, more productive, more able to do all the things you want to do in life? Yes? Keep at it. No? Find something new. It's that simple.
If you have questions about what we do and how we train people, drop us a line. We love to talk about it.