I know, I know, just by the title of this post alone, you think I’m bananas. Then again, anyone who knows me is already aware of this fact. Hear me out.

Have you ever ripped your hands on the pull-up bar? I have.

Have you ever snapped yourself so hard during double under practice that it left you with zebra stripes for a week afterwards? I have.

How about kettle bells, have you gotten a gnarly bump on your wrist from a few botched single-arm snatches?

Maybe you tweaked your back with one bad deadlift.

Or, you did Fran. Or 16.5. Or 15.5. You get the point.

Guaranteed that some (or all) of these scenarios have left you in a place of ouch, wondering “why do I put myself through this?”

I’ll tell you why, we learn from our pain, our mistakes, our injuries. Pushing yourself to the limit at the box will eventually lead you to find out what that limit is, but that shouldn’t deter you from continuously working to get better. Andrea’s post on Monday already has me rethinking my grip on the pull-up bar for when I get back into the gym. If you hate Fran for killing your lungs, you should also thank her for teaching you that you need to work on your cardio for next time.

Yes, some WODs make us feel awful. Usually, these are the WODs that showcase our weaknesses. Nobody likes a source of insecurity on display for others to see. Hence, lower attendance on the days that lots of running or burpees seems to be a trend over the years. Why? Those are the movements that require pure grit that send us (quickly) into the pain cave to admit a fatigued defeat.

So the next time you see a benchmark WOD that you particularly dislike, don’t rumble grumble roar and make your way to happy hour. Embrace the suck, head to the box and be thankful for the opportunity to face your fitness challenges head on, instead of hiding out in denial. Eventually, your enemies may become friends.

CrossFitters all over the world, meet WallBall McBurpeeSnatch. It’s about time you two kissed and made up.