Angela Duckworth is the foremost authority on GRIT and we think her description of it fits perfectly for our way of thinking about workouts. She says,
“Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals. One way to think about grit is to consider what grit isn’t. Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.
Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an ‘ultimate concern’ – a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.
Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of grit. And in the very long run, I think grit may matter as least as much, if not more.” (http://angeladuckworth.com/qa/#faq-125)
What is your “ultimate concern”? Why do you want to workout? Longevity, health, family, sports, and yes, aesthetics – these are just some reasons our members put themselves through tough workouts.
You don’t have to be in shape to start CrossFit. But you do need to think about WHY you want to be in shape. And you do need GRIT.