When’s the last time you whole-heartedly celebrated an achievement in CrossFit? I’m talking about a victory roar when you hit a new PR or dominate a workout. A manic fist-pump and war cry that makes everyone around you take notice. All too often I see subdued celebrations—or none at all—from athletes in CrossFit. You might not think it’s all that important to celebrate the ‘smaller’ victories in your workouts, but in a training program where the body and mind takes a constant beating, taking a moment to reflect upon and celebrate an achievement can provide a positive boost.

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What does celebrating achieve?

 It helps promote the feeling of success
Think about it. You spend however many hours training at a high intensity, meal prepping, working on mobility and all the other integral aspects that come with seeking to improve your health and fitness. But if you don’t take the time to celebrate the achievements in your workout, than you’re robbing yourself of the feel-good endorphins that your body releases when you experience success. Moreover, you’re robbing yourself of an important feeling that makes all of your aforementioned efforts worthwhile. On a psychological level you may not equate all of your hard work and sacrifice with the feeling of victory, because you don’t celebrate it when it happens. Instead, it begins to feel mundane and eventually you’ll stop giving your maximum effort and your results will begin to drop, leading to fewer and fewer opportunities for success.

It helps develop confidence
When you celebrate, you reinforce your positive sense of self and take credit for the work and improvements that have enabled you to achieve your goals. Do this enough, and your confidence will steadily increase as you believe that you can accomplish any task you set your mind to. Speaking of which…

Celebrations allow you to reap the rewards of your hard work
Depending on the magnitude of your achievements, you may want to extend your celebration outside of the workout. If you’ve been adhering to a strict diet, allow yourself that pizza, beer, or chocolate. Take a couple of days off from working out and relax. After all, you’ve earned it! Celebrate in a fashion that makes all of your hard work and sacrifice seem worth it.

They’re also an invitation to set bigger goals
Once you experience the joy of accomplishing your goal(s), you can take stock of all the work and dedication you put in to making it happen. You can also use that feeling of success as a springboard to set yourself new and bigger goals. You want to experience the endorphins and sensations that come with celebrating victory again, don’t you? Of course you do, so strike when the iron is hot and lay down some new goals for yourself post-celebration.

When you celebrate yourself, you invite other to celebrate you as well
Another great thing about throwing yourself a mini-victory parade is that the other people in your class will notice how important your accomplishments are to you, and they’ll join in with the celebrations. Even athletes you may not know will congratulate you, and you could inspire others to stick with their goals and work even harder to achieve them.

Photo credit: Erwin van Leeuwen/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

William Imbo
William Imbo is an Associate Editor at BoxLife magazine, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and holds an MPS in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. He is an avid CrossFitter and loves film, music and travel, thanks to having grown up across Europe. A fan of the New Orleans Saints and Newcastle United, Will's favorite CrossFit girl is Helen-least favorite being Isabel.


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