How CrossFit is a keystone habit

How CrossFit is a keystone habit

I recently finished Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit. It explains how some of our habits are more important than others. He calls them keystone habits.

Keystone habits aren’t more important because the actions themselves are weighted more heavily in their influence. Keystone habits are more important because they create a cascade effect of other habits.

By doing this one thing habitually, we often unknowingly can create other accompanying habits as a result. Obviously this can be a huge benefit, because creating new habits isn’t always easy. So, if we can strengthen just one keystone habit in our lives, the effects will multiply with the trickle down effects of the other habits.

For me, CrossFit has absolutely become my keystone habit. Not only does it get me to exercise multiple times a week, it also has created the following side effect habits:

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Time to find your inner badass

Time to find your inner badass

This is a story of how I found my inner badass. And how I can help you find yours too.

Have you ever watched someone do something that you're completely in awe of? Like, makes your jaw drop? Like, you'd use one of your three genie in a bottle wishes to do that?

That's how I was when I watched people do pull-ups.

They were strong. They could pull themselves out of a burning building if needed. Or a sinking ship. Or a dangerously high rooftop. They almost looked like dolphins - flying through the air, doing tricks for the audience. They were badasses.

But that wasn't me. After years of cycling my legs were strong like trees, but my upper body strength didn't leave much to be desired.

So I trained. Put in the work. Yadda yadda you've heard this story before. I worked hard and one day I finally got my first pull-up.

It was ugly as hell - with one arm obviously stronger than the other, bending more than it should to finally get my chin over the bar. But it was a pull-up none the less and I was stoked.

Then disaster struck.

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