I have been involved with CrossFit as an athlete, affiliate owner and coach for just over 5 years now. I have met people from all walks of life in all areas of the US that have done or do CrossFit.
Everytime someone walks into CrossFit 818, I have a few go to questions that I ask ask anyone, but my #1 question is, "What is your goals?". To me that seems like the easiest question to answer. But almost everyone I ask doesn't REALLY know. Or they same the standard, "I want to get in-shape", or "I want to lean up", which basically means I don't REALLY know what I want.
As someone signs up at CrossFit 818, begins coming to classes, starts meeting and interacting with the community, learns about Paleo, participates in a challenge, they soon realize what CrossFit is all about and more importantly they start to learn what they are made of and what is capable for them.
CrossFit is great. It has helped me and most of you to become faster, stronger, and damn better looking.
But what is the point?
A faster “Fran”? A heavier back squat? Amazing double unders? Outside of the few weeks of the CrossFit Open, what does CrossFit really help us to achieve?
I believe CrossFit should be a means to an end. If you want to be a better runner, then make sure you are getting out and going for runs. If you want to be a better basketball player, make sure you are still spending time on the courts. If you want to be a healthier, active person, then get the hell outside and do something. Being stronger and faster is great, but I want you to apply the gains you make in here to something that You want to be good at. This includes CrossFit. Go do a COMPETITION, participate in the Open, become an Olympic lifter. Just use CrossFit for something other than stats in a log book (You do JOURNAL? Don't YOU?!).
Second to that, and maybe more importantly, I want you to use CrossFit in ways other then just sports. CrossFit give us the capacity to do more and be tougher then most people ever will be, so use that. Help a friend move, volunteer for 4 hours at a soup kitchen, take your kids out to the amusement park all day, or maybe most importantly inspire someone you care about to take control of their health and life. Being tougher means you can go longer, be stronger and play that much more. Get out of the gym and just have more fun.
As much as I have goals of getting my snatch over body weight, 60" Box Jump, and kicking Fran in the balls. I CrossFit to be a better coach, husband and man. Because in the 5 years I have been doing CrossFit, the most fun I have had is sharing what I have learned with you guys. If I can teach somebody to be that much tougher, have that much more energy, or get out and do that much more, then I think CrossFit has worked for me.
Choose your own Adventure
300 Double Unders
*Last Did 2/1/12*
Post by CMO.