This is what most people first think of when they hear the word strong. When you think of the word strong, what examples come to mind? A strong flavor in a meal, a strong person in a divorce, a strong employee, a strong wind... When describing a person, strong can be used to describe someone physically, mentally, and emotionally.
When I brainstormed what strong means to me I came up with these 5 things:
1. Physically capable of moving large amounts of weight
I have not always been a very strong person but through CrossFit I learned that being strong is the kind of person I want to be; physically, mentally, and emotionally. In my life I strive to take care of my body (physically strong), believe in and go after what I want (mentally strong), and not let negativity from others bring me down (emotionally strong).
Strength doesn't come naturally to all of us (or maybe any of us) but instead it is a learning process that comes from life experiences. For most first time CrossFitters, and myself when I first started, walking into a CrossFit gym full of fit people doing all sorts of unknown movements is intimidating. From the outside it seems that only a strong person would walk in. (False we help you get stronger!) It takes a lot of courage to walk through those doors into an unknown situation. Simply taking that step to try something new and conquer a fear or uncertainty builds an enormous amount of strength in a person.
After a month or so, the physical strength goals that were set on day one are now being achieved. That sense of accomplishment and progress is addicting. It creates a high that makes you feel invincible. The journey of working hard at something and visibly seeing the results is a very powerful feeling.
The physical strength that has been developed now creates mental strength as well. Women especially, who learn how to lift weights and become stronger tend to gain a new sense of self confidence and empowerment. We can hang with the boys. We too can lift heavy weights and impress others with our feats of physical strength. When you push through a hard workout, set a new personal record, or try something new, confidence and happiness is transparent. And believe me, if you feel that confident in the gym it will carry over to your workplace, relationship, and other aspects of daily life.
Being surrounded by like minded people and continually developing this mental strength, sneaks into your emotional well being as well. The confidence and empowerment gained through CrossFit now helps you deal with difficult situations. Being emotionally strong gives you the confidence to move forward in your career, handle a difficult relationship, or simply having more to give to help other people. It all starts with a barbell but ends up showing off everywhere.
In my opinion, being strong is an all encompassing trait that makes you a better individual, lead a happier life, and be a proper functioning human being. What do you think strong is? How do you strive to get stronger in your life?