Oct 14

Authentic CrossFit Athletes

Written by Travis | posted in CrossFit | 11 Comments

Authentic CrossFit Athletes

CrossFit Athletes

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.

The Courage to CrossFit

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.

Extraordinary Common CrossFitters

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.

CrossFit Motivator

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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Travis is a functional fitness and healthy living junkie that lives in southern Louisiana. I run this blog to give you down-to-earth advice on achieving peak health through functional fitness and healthy living. You can follow me on Twitter or contact me here.

11 Responses so far, but there is still room for yours

  1. Jarret says:

    Everyone at my box motivates me. They are there to challenge themselves, the board, the clock. They come in and work their asses off for their own personal goal. It seems lately I have become the motivator of my friends to start Crossfit, which in turn motivates me!

    • Travis says:


      Thank you for commenting, I appreciate it!

      Sounds like you’re bringing everything full circle by motivating your friends who then motivate you in return. CrossFit is so infectious I’m surprised the CDC hasn’t made a vaccination for it. :)

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  3. Ben McCue says:

    Great post, you nailed it! So true about the average CrossFitter’s courage to try it.

    Right now I’m motivated by my parents. They both put off trying CrossFit for a long time. When they decided to help me open my box, they new they had to try it. That was on July 5th, 2010. 12 weeks later, my mom has dropped 8 dress sizes and my dad lost 39 lbs!


    CrossFit makes it easier to get motivated with so much encouragement at each WOD!

    • Travis says:

      Ben, thank you for the comment and link to your parents story. Incredible!

      Your mother dropping 8 dress sizes and your father losing 39 lbs is awe-inspiring. You have to feel fantastic knowing you took them there. I can’t wait to hear more stories from you about all the people’s lives you’re changing at Milestone CrossFit.

      All the best,


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  5. George says:

    I’ll have to agree with Jarret here and say that the other athletes in the box motivate me. Seeing the complete life transformations people make going through the workouts and dropping pounds…it is truly a motivating force.

    Another more selfish motivation…is competition…the motivation to be better than the athlete next to me…it is healthy competition…a goal…something to strive for and measure against…measurable and repeatable…

    • Travis says:


      Each of your points are very good reasons for motivation. I visited your website and enjoyed reading your post, The Reasons Why You CrossFit.

      Thank you for the comment!

      All the best,


  6. Sally JPA says:

    I love this post! Great inspiration, indeed. I love watching the high-level athletes perform, but I am just as in awe of someone who’s not advanced giving in his/her all.

    • Travis says:


      Thank you for the kind words. Watching someone new to CrossFit push their limits and learn new movements is an amazing, and sometimes, a humbling thing.

      Thank you for commenting!

      All the best,


  7. I love being around the people who train like that! I know that our training enviroment has the ability to inspire and motivate us to a higher level or distract us and hinder us. That’s what I like about the CrossFit set up. You get motivated individuals that come together to get the most out of their workouts as their common purpose!

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