What do I mean by numbers game?
People are addicted to numbers
How often do you hear:
How much can you bench?
How fast can you run a mile?
How many dives have you done?
How many countries have you been to?
People like to measure themselves against other people, and I don’t blame them. What’s the point of progressing if you have nothing to measure your progression against? If someone has more dives than you, then that becomes your goal. You want to match their level of experience because you want to become better at the things you love.
This is why people get addicted to Crossfit. You are constantly competing against yourself and your friends. Everyday you are trying to push more weight, run a faster WOD, or complete more rounds than you did yesterday.
People get drawn-in to the numbers associated with Crossfit. They become training junkies measuring rounds and reps completed and their average power output. They do this day in and day out watching their numbers improve. Everyday becomes an accomplishment and puts them in a state of euphoria. Before they know it, they look in the mirror and they are ripped.
Monitoring the numbers associated with Crossfit is a distraction from the age-old tradition of counting calories consumed and burned that most gym goers live by. Sure, you can keep doing cardio and burning more calories than yesterday. Do this everyday and you will see progress, but in the end you will go back to that habit of eating that put you there in the first place and your cardio will probably not improve because it wasn’t the focus.
Don’t count calories.
Instead, measure the miles you run or how fast it takes you to run those miles. Write down those numbers, then go back and beat them the next day and the next. Eat whatever makes you happy because as you continue to improve your cardio, strength, power, and agility; the more your body becomes a fat burning machine.
If you are serious about getting in shape then you should seriously consider implementing Crossfit into your routine. Turn exercise into training, and train to beat yourself. You get in shape by a continuously improving your strength, cardiovascular endurance, speed, power, and stamina. Start doing crossfit, start logging your results, and start beating those results.