It all started from a friend, a colleague, a peer . . .
From being bored with the same routine, from plateauing time and time again . . .
I wanted to get healthy, I wanted people around me who cared . . .

They called it constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity . . .

It's about taking the first step -

It's called CrossFit and I friggin' love it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Wish I Could

You watch members performing a workout, you see videos day in and day out of accomplishments that seem unbelievable.  You stare intently as another
athlete finishes another workout - Rx/ Non-Rx and the only thoughts going through your head are, "How do they do that?"  Your eyes don't blink,
because dare you to miss that one thing that may help you get to where they are.

It wasn't always this way for them and even though they may make it look easy, it isn't.

First things first.  Stop wishing you could.  If you have a goal of a sub four minute Fran - include Thrusters and Unbroken pull-ups as part of your weaknesses.  It won't do you any good to wish and not work.

Second - Stick to the basics.  Efficiency in the movements will make you faster, stronger, and better.  It also reduces your risk of injury.

Third - Stop whining before the workout.  If you don't like a workout - keep it to yourself.  If you indicate to someone that a workout sounds super hard, then you may end up causing them unneeded anxiety or even worse, they will think they can't do it as well.  Many times I have heard,"This is going to take ten hours" or my favorite, "Don't forget to stop the watch tomorrow afternoon."

I Wish -  Lets break this down for a moment:

Wish - Merriam Dictionary defines wish as:
to have a desire for (as something unattainable)

Nothing is unattainable - getting to the moon was thought to be unattainable, here are some fun facts for you:

  1. Unmanned landing on the moon: The first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon was the Soviet Union's Luna 2 mission on September 13, 1959.
  2. Manned landing on the moon: The Apollo 11 space flight landed the first humans on Earth's Moon on July 20, 1969.

But that's historical context, let's put this into CrossFit style historical context:

This next line is courtesy of CrossFit Fire:  "You are not your Fran time!" But we all benchmark off of certain workouts, this one just happens to be a favorite:
Prior to 2008, it was unheard of to have a sub-two minute Fran, people came close but no one broke it . . . until

On November 5th, 2008 CrossFit posted Jason "Rhabdo" Kaplan's Fran video where he turned that around with a 1:53 Fran time!<---go to

For the 2009 games, an online applicant posted a 1:57! 

Now let's look at the other part.

Could - an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty

So I Wish I Could . . . 

Stop the excuses today, work on the solution to the goal and not wishing that
you could do it.  It's a goal, not an unattainable pipe dream.

The hardest part about being a Coach is not Coaching, it's the act of opening the athlete's eyes to the possibilities that lie ahead of them.  It's taking out the negative and working on want you can do - in order to achieve your goal.  When I say, "If I could do that rep for you I would" I mean it, but it's for you to dig down deep and finish what you started.

Today is the third pain of Christmas, last night's Diane (prior to that - Fran) have been one heck of a whooping for a lot of athlete's.  So check out

 Get your head in the game - no more wishing, let's get this done together.

"Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don't have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it."
                                                                                             -Greg Anderson

-Coach Tony

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