I was observing a CrossFit Level 1 Course last year and I heard trainer Denise Thomas say this to someone in the middle of a workout. In the middle of a workout. “Expect more of yourself.”
It struck me enough to stop and jot it down in my phone. I’ve heard a lot of things yelled by a lot of people during workouts (including some choice and creative swear words) but I had not heard that phrase said in a workout before.
The gentleman she was talking to was doing a circuit of sprints, kettlebell swings, and push-ups. But Denise wasn’t just pushing him to go faster or to do more: she was pushing him to be more. Think about that. When’s the last time someone politely nudged you in the back like that?
We get used to this attitude in CrossFit: the notion that we can improve our bodies, our minds, our spirits, our lives. Here, it’s not okay to aim low. Not okay to underachieve. Not okay to underperform.
See, we’re not interested in making the workout easier for you, but we are interested in adjusting the workout so that you are working as hard as you possibly can. Life isn’t going to take it easy on you, so why should your workout?
You can improve your own expectations of what you can deliver, of what you can do, of what you can be. But you can’t do that by sticking with easy. You can do it by having the guts to go hard.
Expect more of yourself.
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