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, June 2, 2011

Did You Work Hard?

This isn't where I ask you the question, this is where you ask you the question. . .

I am an optimist - through and through for the most part. I believe that hard work gets you to Point A, internal motivation to Point B, and teamwork to Point C - these points are all a part of you.

To me, if you show up at CrossFit, 90% of what you want to achieve will be accomplished, I mean half the time, getting there is the hard part.

At the end of workouts, I see people laid out on the floor, gasping, sweating profusely, and possibly annihilated from what they have just done.  And sometimes, they bounce back so quickly I start to wonder. . .

Did you ask yourself if you gave it all you got?  Did you push yourself to the boundary that we've talked about time and time again?  Can my words echo in your head as you look at yourself in a mirror, washing your face off or brushing your teeth - did you have a little something left at the end of that workout?

Why did you hold back?

What's on the other side of that wall?  Are you afraid of something that is hiding inside of you waiting to come out?

You see, CrossFit does have a little peer pressure when it comes to the competitive arena, if you didn't know, we denote who is best through competition.  We strive to achieve because at one point in another, competition is the name of the game, and we call it being constantly prepared for "the unknown and unknowable."

An interesting concept, which can be expounded upon greatly, but I struggled with how to divulge this nugget of information that I had a feeling about last night.

The question really becomes - do we gain from increasing intensity to a level we have never been to before?  The answer has always been, "go to the area where intensity meets the fine line of technique, but does not compromise technique."  Technique will get you further - strength will come, speed will come, but technique needs to be first.

You must exude confidence, not cockiness (although a little bit of that doesn't hurt *wink, wink).

George Michael said it best, "You gotta have faith, faith, faith . . .baby!"

Now that isn't in your everyday blog. . . .

We as Coaches prime you for the moment, to move onto more weight, move onto faster speeds, push you into the Rx Realm and beyond, but why?

Those are your shining moments that you can cherish.  Those are the moments that are what all the hard work, the swearing, the grunting and the groaning are all about.

If you know you got the movement, know that you can move the weight, belief in yourself and have some faith.

"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
- Bruce Lee 

-Coach Tony 

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