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, October 20, 2011

Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase

Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze

It means no worries for the rest of your days

It's our problem-free philosophy

So much can be learned from the Lion King it isn't even funny.  And lately people have been on edge regarding their own performance, I want to reiterate the term that most CrossFit folks seem to forget sometimes, patience.  This pertains to all aspects of your life, not just your workout.

Why are you in such a hurry to accomplish something?  Do you have a deadline that we don't know about?  It has never been easy to be patient, but it's probably even harder now than at any time in history. In a world where messages can be sent across the world instantly, seemingly everything is available with a few clicks of the mouse.  A swift movement of your thumbs can take you into a Disney movie and interestingly it's very hard not to expect instant satisfaction.

When you started CrossFit, things seemed to change dramatically.  What you thought was impossible was doable within a few months.  The beginner haze cleared away from the mind, the mentality immediately changes to, everything can be done - quickly!

But patience remains a valuable tool in life. We don't always get instant gratification, and some of the best things in life require years of hard work and waiting (not just a couple months anymore). Fortunately, patience is a virtue that can be cultivated and nurtured. It does take time to fulfill this goal, but once this has grown into an ordinary skill for you, you certainly won't be disappointed at what life can offer you with some spare time. You will be surprised by how boring, restless, and lagging hours can evolve into a passing time of relaxation and peace of mind.

The quest for strength should take into consideration, "Am I doing it right?"  Not, "Did I hit my goal?"  Do you see the difference there?  Take into account when you lift that if you perform the movement correctly that in time things will come - like strength which equates to goal.  And the kicker is, you won't beat yourself up in the process because you are working on being patient.

- Coach Tony

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race."

- Calvin Coolidge

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