We train for many different reasons. Some of you come in because of the community, the great relationships that you’ve forged and the social aspect of the gym. Some of you want to look better, feel better, perform better. Some just like the sport of CrossFit and have dreams of competing better at local comps, making it to regionals and some the CrossFit Games. Any reason you choose to come into the gym and be a part of our family is a great one, and hold on to that. The bottom line and point I am making though is that what we do is much more than fitness. I hope that most of you still understand that the purpose, the reason, and what validates your training is still to help you become MORE.
While most of the results we seek in the gym are physical, the biggest difference I see in many of you is in your attitude, your bravery, your willingness to suffer more, to stay more composed, to live more “outside of your comfort zone”. These changes happen between your ears, in your mind. Today was a challenging day in the gym, heavy lifts and a long, tedious workout with movements many athletes despise. The ones that made true strides today are the ones that held onto the bar longer than they wanted to on both the squat clean thrusters and the T2B, the ones that ventured outside of where they “wanted” to go. You see, you can have physical benefits in CrossFit and play it safe in the workouts. You can break things up so you get sweaty, out of breath, but suffer very little. You’ll still get fitter doing this. However, the real change, the change I hope and pray for each of you won’t happen. The one between the ears is a choice that is very very hard to make each day. Are you willing to toe the line with losing control of your body due to the physical capacity you push to? Are you willing to be outside of your comfort zone? Are you willing to let your sacrifice and risk in the gym transform you as a husband, wife, son, daughter, employee, friend? Because I can tell you, those of you that take that chance daily, and die to yourself in the gym…..become more in every other aspect of your life.
Now I say all this because I struggle with it myself. I’ve logged thousands of CrossFit workouts over the past few years of my life and have gotten very good at finding my comfortable pace. But it is at the times where I go faster than I want, go bigger sets than I want, fail more than I want, that I learn the most about myself as an athlete and as a man. When do I break? Why do I break? Is it because I’m tired and failing or because I”m simply uncomfortable? The answers to these questions take brutal honesty and many times the answer isn’t what we want to hear. You don’t want to think of yourself as a “quitter” but the fact is you probably are and so am I. Not because you didn’t finish a workout but because you backed down from something in the middle of a workout that just scared you instead of taking it on, just like you probably do in life. If that offends you, it should, humble out. I am quitter myself, I finish what I start, but I’ve backed down and it hurts to say that. The real diagnosis here is this, be real, be honest, assess what you do in everything you do, and go on to be better. Next time, tomorrow, Wednesday, whenever it is and however it presents itself…..don’t back down. Go fast, take chances. Be more.
Bench press 10-8-6-4-2
Between each set 12 heavy Russian KB swings.
(Each bench set should be AHAP, each set will have a score!)
Run 400 m.
Bear crawl x 120 yrd.
Run 400 m.
Bear crawl x 80 yards
Bear crawl x 40 yard.