Why Finishing Last is An Accomplishment

We all begin at the gym with that thought – ‘I don’t want to finish last’. Most experiences in society have taught us that coming last means losing and failing, but at CrossFit, that’s definitely not the case.

Coming last means you pushed yourself. You went outside your comfort zone. Coach said the time cap is 15 minutes and you dug deep to produce the most work you could in that 15 minutes. You probably opted OUT of some scaling options that you might have usually used – you chose a heavier weight or you jumped on a higher box, you did all the 400m runs instead of cutting them down to 200m like you usually would. You did all your movements with great form and challenged yourself instead of cutting corners to be the ‘winner’. 

Lots of people are scared to finish last. You know who isn’t? The people who have finished last a good few times before. Because they know two things: 

One – that nobody cares! People are only impressed by your effort. And two – that these were often the times they were MOST impressed by their own efforts. Finishing last was an accomplishment because they pushed for those extra few pounds, those extra few reps and they came out the other side a better athlete and even a better human.

If you have never come last before, ask yourself why? Is it because you’re a games level superhuman that can’t lose? Unlikely (sorry fam 😂). Or is it because you’re scared and so you often hold back, do the safe weights, scale when you’re feeling slow instead of backing yourself in?

If it’s the latter, it’s time to come last every now and then. Nothing will empower you more than pushing yourself outside of this safe zone and realizing your own full potential. And nothing will empower you more than feeling vulnerable in a safe place (your gym), coming last and realizing you have nothing but friends and support around you and not a single thing to be afraid of. 

The best of us finish last sometimes. Because to be the best version of you, you need to challenge yourself. The best version of you isn’t worried about what anyone else is doing or how fast anyone else is going. The best you is just doing their best work and seeing it all pays off. Finishing last can be an accomplishment. I dare you to be last this week! ❤️


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