The NBA Playsoffs started a hashtag with #itsnotluck this season. I’m always down for a good hashtag, but this one in particular got me thinking. With Regionals coming up, there’s a lot of practicing and strategizing with the workouts. Leading up to this, and throughout the Open, there was a lot of talk about “luck.” Some were “lucky” that ring muscle-ups didn’t show up. Others were lucky that 16.4 was the repeat workout. What I’ve come to find is that in this life, #itsnotluck.I’ve reflected on the road I took to getting to where I am today. I’m totally convinced that things didn’t happen by coincidence. Luck had absolutely nothing to do with me being here in San Francisco. It had no involvement in getting the job that I currently have, and it isn’t by chance that I met my husband. I’d like to think that I worked really hard to get to where I am today. The hard work and dedication I put in to my life is what got me here.
As we move through life, it’s easy to chalk things up to pure luck. Ok fine, maybe there’s a little bit of luck if one was to win the lottery. Or if one nearly escaped an extremely unfortunate event. But luck plays very little into a world like fitness. Being able to finish as a top athlete in the world of CrossFit has nothing to do with your luck with the workouts.
No luck in fitness
Throughout our daily interactions, we come across people who say things happen to others because of luck. Name any one of your favorite CrossFit athletes, and there’s something on the Internet that says they’re lucky. But there’s certainly a few things to point out about that statement. First, your main man/girl worked their butt off to get to where they are. Muscles don’t just grow overnight, and fitness doesn’t happen just because they wish it. Second, that person also likely failed a number of times before finding success. What isn’t up on Instagram or their live Facebook feed are the injuries they suffered, the number of social nights they forfeited, or the sacrifices they made.
So at the end of the day, it’s never about luck when it comes to fitness. Having a continuous streak of “luck” isn’t reality. And so, before you reach to use the word “lucky” in the world of fitness, just remember that #itsnotluck – it’s hard work.