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!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bringing on the Run

So the chilly, snowy winter days have started to become a little old in most people's minds.  As one athlete stated tonight, "who would've thought a tiny bit of running outside would feel so good? bring on the spring", it's time to get our running shoes back on and hit the pavement. . . ice or no ice, sand or no sand - we need to feel air on our skin

I saw so much excitement in the workout tonight, but not just in the workout, with the people.  There wasn't too much mumbling and grumbling.  We New Englanders have a tendency to do that on the two occasions; the precipice of fall to winter and winter to spring.  Fall, because it's damn cold, and into spring because we feel closeted from the outside for far too long.  It's happened every year that I can remember, which is at least two decades.  But the door to the outside opened tonight, multiple times.  In and out athlete's streamed, red in the face, smiling, frowning, frustrated, eager, excited, and exhausted.

Unless you hit a treadmill over the winter or braved the arctic temperatures and Mt Everest-like landscape so bedazzled in snow, there wasn't much opportunity to stretch ye' old legs and run.  It was astonishing to see looks of frustration that people had.  Trust me, the legs will come back, you've just been off them for a little while.  But that wasn't the most amazing thing of the night.

I really can't express my joy in seeing progress.  There cannot be a better feeling than watching someone transform so quickly.  People who come to CrossFit yearn to become better athlete's, fitter people, and enjoy surrounding themselves with those of the same mind.  It is one of the reasons that I enjoy coaching so much.  

Developing oneself takes patience.  Attaining one's goal's takes time, practice and fortitude.  I don't have the easy formula, I just have a formula, which is work.

Better takes work.
Goals take work.
Patience takes work.

Running 400m = work
21 kettlebell swings = work
12 pull-ups = work

3 Rounds for time = fun = Helen

It was an easy going night from my perspective, a night to watch those who would cringe at the thought of this workout months ago stare it right in the eye and annihilate previous times.

From PR's on a Overhead Squat (Congrats Judy) to unbroken pull-ups (Congrats Jonathan) to unbroken runs (Congrats Sue) - it was mesmerizing.

Don't think for a minute that you aren't getting better - cause even though the road is long, and the path is winding - you still take the first step every time.

-Coach Tony    

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