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!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autobots, ENGAGE!

Halloween is coming up, and in the past I spoke about My Costume, which was one of my favorite posts that I have written besides Angels and Demons . . . and this one is cooking up to be something of an intriguing mental picture. . .

When you walk into the gym, I see a number of folks embodying the 2009 Camaro pictured to the left.  Sleek looking, ready to work and with an engine inside that can last for hundreds of thousands of miles.

Once the ignition starts to fire, it's hard to just coast, we want intensity as much as possible.  If the pedal can reach the floor we are going to mash it down as fast as possible.

At points throughout our workouts, we tend to forget little things  - but those little things can make such a big difference.  An example will be the box jumps that were occurring last night - just because you can do a 45" box jump doesn't mean that you can coast on 20" box jumps.  Whether it's high or low, we need to remember to jump off two feet, pull our legs up and get our feet onto the box. 

But folks were trucking (no pun intended) last night.  It was as if they were ready for war after getting off the rowers and moving on to their individual positions. 

Interestingly, CrossFit Lisbeth wrote about how people should involve themselves in CrossFit Competitions, and lately it seems that there a plethora to choose from every weekend.  Furthermore, it doesn't have to be a CrossFit Competition, try your hand at something else, a 5k, 10k, team event like Civilian Military Combine, the Tough Mudder, or the Warrior Dash. 

And besides, if we go to a competition, we get a T-Shirt, and who doesn't want another one of those?  It's a topic of conversation when you gather with friends, go into another box or it's something that you stand for (i.e. Rays of Hope or LiveStrong). 

As our mini-wars rage inside ourselves, remember that you are all a part of a team, whether you are training individually or in a class setting.  Your peers are next to you physically or in spirit, but they are there.  You are here to break barriers within yourselves.

Autobot Insignia

"To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail."
—Abraham Maslow
-Coach Tony

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