August 12, 2017

The moment I fell back in love with CrossFit

I’m falling in love with CrossFit again and this time I think it will stick. You see I am starting to remember why I’ve loved CrossFit so much and it’s becoming my Boo. I just felt a few of you throw up in your mouth a little so let me explain...

A few days ago the WOD fell into my wheelhouse (Yes, I have a wheelhouse. Quit laughing!) and I had my first performance since I have been at CrossFit Mentality that I felt I did what I am capable of. The WOD was:

9 Box Jumps 24”
12 Dumbbell Snatches 50#
15 Abmat situps
Time - 8:22

I can do usually all those movements with decent mobility and speed so I pushed the pace really hard and never stopped moving until I called time. 50# dumbbell snatches are a little heavy but manageable for me so when I finished I was breathing pretty heavy and left the room for a couple of minutes to get some water and catch my breath. When I came back what I saw inspired me and lifted my spirit. 

The workout had a time cap of 12 minutes and when I returned everyone had finished except one member. He is an older dude and was scaling the workout with fewer reps and subbing a movement for box jumps. You could tell this guy was tired and not having a good time. He had that look on his face that I often get when I am in over my head or exhausted that says “I’d rather be anywhere but here!” 

As I looked around the room I quickly noticed no one was cleaning up their equipment. Instead everyone was focused on him and cheering him to a finish.

Now keep in mind this is the 5:30 am class that most people attend because they have places to be (like work). I am sure all of the members present needed to get about their day yet they all found it more important to offer support to a friend than to benefit themselves. It was in that moment I remembered why CrossFit can be so special. It creates a community where everyone wants to help and encourage others while challenging them to be better than they were yesterday. One of the reasons I came to Mentality was to learn to be a better athlete. What I am quickly learning is that in order to be a better athlete I also I need to be a better friend. I need to be more supportive of others when they are having a hard time or struggling.

That’s what I want. I want to be a better athlete, father, friend, and man than I have been and this was one more lesson that I needed to learn...

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