Today I want to talk about a very important and very present issue of my life, the CrossFit-work-life-balance. It’s probably something that a lot of you guys are busy with as well.
There are crossfitters that study and doesn’t have to manage a 40 hour work week on top of that. Then there are crossfitters that are crossfit coaches that probably spend almost all day in the gym, so they can get in their training session between the classes or even the ‘lucky’ professional crossfitters that are fortunate enough to be able to spend all day in the gym and focus on that task.
No matter which type of athlete you are, it’s always very impressive if you can keep up with a 4 to 6 day training programming and adjust your lifestyle on top of that to become an even better crossfit athlete. I am none of the above, though. I guess that’s also the reason why I have received so many messages the past year saying that they find it really inspiring to see that someone with a busy full-time job still manages to work out 4 to 6 times a week and even qualifies for competitions such as German Throwdown or Beast of Berlin.
Before people actually said it to me, I didn’t spend much time thinking about it, since for me all that matters is the result. I want to be a good CrossFit athlete? Then I have to find a way to become one and not think of all the reasons why this goal might be out of reach. I want to keep up with the top athletes in Germany despite my career ambitions and busy work week. If I want to reach that goal, then I can’t afford to let myself be drown by self-pity and excuses. Same goes for you!
You work at least 40 hours a week but still want to qualify for a high level throwdown oder even to the CrossFit Regionals? Good! Then hire a coach that you trust, let him/her write an awesome training programming for you that is going to turn your weaknesses into strengths and keep your strengths where they are. Stop going partying every weekend, so your body actually gets enough time to recover! Go to bed not too late, so your body gets 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night and try to optimize your nutrition! Get your inspiration from other athletes on social media or in your box/gym, because we all need some motivation and inspirition along the way! There definitely isn’t an easy way but in this case you have to tell yourself that it’s possible. Find a balance that allows you to become the best athlete you can be but still leaves some space for your career ambitions, friends and family. Hard work will pay off!
If you want to follow me around during my journey of trying to do exactly that, then check out my Instagram profile @taminaschuster as well.
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