Firebreathers dazzle us with their amazing achievements. We want their secrets to trimming time off benchmark WODs, training for faster double-unders, and their training formula to throw heavy weights overhead. Firebreathers get most of the public’s attention in CrossFit, and that helps reveal the CrossFit method to the world.
However, the majority of people who CrossFit are ordinary people with ordinary lives. What sets these ordinary people apart from most others is they took action to improve their lives. They walked into a CrossFit box and entered into a workout like they’ve never experienced before. That, my friends, takes a train car load of courage.
When it comes to fitness, many people wish they had the time, wish they had the knowledge. But wishing is only a squishy some-day-I’ll-do-it-dream that gets you nowhere. Those people who walk into a CrossFit box carrying commitment are making time and capturing the knowledge. They’re taking control of their health and fitness.
A few days ago I watched a thin lady, who recently began CrossFit, complete a set of snatches. Her movements captivated me. I just couldn’t stop watching her go through her sets. It wasn’t that she was throwing amazing weight overhead. In fact, she wasn’t moving much weight at all. What took hold of me was her drive; she walked to the bar, pulled it from the floor, and put the weight overhead. No hesitation in sight.
It seems pretty simple; that’s what is required when you snatch.
However, most people over 50 would look at the bar, laugh nervously, and say, “I could never do that. That looks dangerous.” Not her, this 50 year young lady smiled, then threw the barbell overhead with good form. What an amazing display of drive and courage.
That little lady is one of my biggest motivators now. Each time I think the WOD is too tough, the weights too heavy, or I’ve got nothing more to give I think of her stepping to the barbell and pushing through. It works every time.
Who motivates you at your CrossFit box? Post in the comments.
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