“3 Rounds for Time of 50 Double Unders, 40 Wall Balls, 30 Box Jump Overs, & 20 Burpees.”
That was my CrossFit workout on Monday, July 27th. If you aren’t familiar with Crossfit, I’ll decode these terms:
- Double Unders are when the jump rope goes under your feet twice before your feet hit the ground.c
- Wall Balls are when you throw a medicine ball up to a target and catch it in a squat position.
- Box Jump overs are when you jump on top of a 20” box and then jump to the opposite side.
- A Burpee is when you throw yourself on the ground in a push-up position, jump your feet to your hands, and stand up.
This workout took me about 25 minutes. I finished it at 6:15 a.m. and it was the hardest thing I did that day.
Pushing Through When Things Get Tough
There are times during CrossFit workouts that my body is so tired and I’m so out of breath, I want to quit. But I don’t. Your mind plays lots of tricks on you when your body is deprived of oxygen and your muscles are sore. Or when you look at the clock and you realize you are only half way through a workout that has “as many rounds as possible” within a pre-determined time.
The physical and mental challenge I put myself through four times each week at 5:15 a.m. has made me a better person and a better REALTOR.
I added yoga to my weekly routine about 4 years ago as active recovery from CrossFit. Yoga is an entirely different physical experience. While CrossFit is loud and “in your face” tough, yoga requires intense presence and inner balance.
It’s one thing to push a heavy barbell over your head. It’s a completely different experience to stand on one leg, bend your body forward with your arms straight in front of you and your other leg straight behind you (Warrior III). Sometimes I feel like I can’t hold a pose for even one more breath, but then I do it.
The unexpected result for me is the compound effect created by combining yoga and CrossFit. My upper body and core are stronger from yoga. The strength I built from lifting weights at CrossFit makes me better at yoga.
Practicing These Disciplines Makes Me a Better REALTOR.
Why? Because you can apply everything I mentioned above to interactions with buyers, sellers, other agents and professionals involved in the sale of a home. It takes strength and balance to persist and remember the decades of knowledge and experience when dealing with everything from different personalities to fluctuations in the market.
The lesson here is that it is important to challenge yourself mentally and physically every day. Everything is connected. How you do one thing is how you do everything.
What challenges are you pursuing in your life right now? Please share!