One of the primary benefits of utilizing CrossFit to get into the best shape of your life happens to be one of the ways it helps you get into the best shape of your life: support. Aside from the support of a trained coach to run the program and the session, you have the support of your teammates who are right alongside you.
A 2001 study found that people can endure greater pain when they are with another. They found that as long as the other person didn’t provide negative comments, their tolerance for discomfort was greater. It didn’t matter if the other person was a friend or a stranger, the results were the same. Interestingly, those in the study that were alone often did not even complete it. Being alone often meant giving up.
The show of support starts when CrossFitters come into the box and start the warm up. It is really visible on those days that the workout is crushing everyone; the yells, cheers and encouragement you will see at CFG isn’t something you see at a small fitness center and isn’t something you feel when you walk through the fat-burning zone on the treadmill. We are all capable of much more than we think we are. We all need to be comfortable with discomfort. The support inside the box will enable you to push past where you would drop out on your own so you can go beyond what you thought was possible. It will help you come back, even when you know it’s going to be uncomfortable. It will make you feel good about yourself because you will know you have achieved something.
And THAT will generate the results you are looking for.
Jennifer L. Brown, David Sheffield, Mark R. Leary, and Michael E. Robinson (March/April 2003). “Social Support and Experimental Pain”. Psychosomatic Medicine 65 (2). https://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/content/vol65/issue2/. Retrieved 2008-12-02.