Kolumni: Go for your passion

Let me tell you about another passion of mine. If you have read my last two articles, you know that my family is my first passion and football my second, but I have a third one: Crossfit.

Crossfit is promoted as both a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport, incorporating elements from high-intensity interval training, weightlifting, gymnastics and many other types of exercise.

My first experience of crossfit was only three and half years ago when I moved to Finland and started working at SJK. I was sat in the office after a training session and the manager at the time, Simo Valakari, asked if I wanted to come and workout. I said yes but if I am honest, I wasn’t in the best shape and also a bit overweight. We started with a little jog up and down the Wallsport and then into some exercises, including push-ups and sit-ups. After about what felt two hours but in reality was only 10 minutes, Simo said “ok, we can start now”. It was at this point my heart nearly stopped. We had only completed the warm-up and I already felt completely shattered. I got through the workout, and from this moment I was hooked and the desire and hunger to test, push and compete with myself was back.

Some workouts at the start seemed impossible to me, like lifting my own body weight above my head or walking on my hands, but as I have developed my skills of crossfit I can now work through these. I have to admit there are times I hate the workouts, but know that if I just keep going, it will feel great at the end.

To get the best from yourself each and every day, I think it is important to have a desire to test yourself and push through obstacles that daily stand in your way. I feel that these challenges in crossfit have helped my mindset in my general life. When I am feeling tired or feel I have too much on and don’t know how I am going to complete all my work for the day, I think about some of the times I looked at a workout and thought I could never get through it, but did.

It never fails to amaze me that if you really want to achieve something and you put your mind to it, anything can be achieved. I am 8 kg lighter now than when I started crossfit and feel great about who I am. If you have a passion and it makes you happy, just go and do it.

Brian Page

Junior Talent coach, SJK