I spent Saturday listening to the founder of CrossFit speak. He spoke to a group of about 50 us, 10 from CFS for an afternoon in Flagstaff. (Thanks to Michael and Lisa Ray for hosting the event at CrossFit Flagstaff.) Talk about trancendant and feeling a part of something bigger than you. For those of you who are unaware, I recently left a job with an amazing restaurant company here in Phoenix. I had a cool title, an even cooler paycheck, and had fun every day. Although there was something missing, I wanted to give back more. Give back to anyone who wants to be better, a better athlete, a better mom, a better person, and employer. So I left to pursue a career in fitness. As I was leaving the restaurant group I was having some serious introspective thought about my career change. It would be cliché to say that Coach Glassman answered all my questions and surrendered all my worries. Although, he did make me feel that CrossFit was continuing to create more than a lifestyle, more than amazing athletes, more than a place for like minded masochistic guys like me to get together and talk WOD’s all day. He reminded us that we all are part of a community. A community committed to advancing human performance through functional movement. A community committed to the community on a universal and regional scope. As a community, we go through the entire emotional spectrum together everyday. This spectrum includes (but is not limited to) surprise, anxiety, fear, self-doubt, physical and emotional capability, and all that is within the first 5 minutes of walking into the gym and seeing the WOD on the board. Then we start the WOD, now we are experiencing aggression, humility, pain, anger, more self-doubt, more questions of capability, regret and dedication just to name a few. When we finish we feel everything from humble to amped, I’ve thrown up, I’ve laughed at myself, I’ve almost cried, but most of all I have felt proud. Proud because I set an immediate goal, and even though I was scared of it, I did it and I finished. During these 3-4 minutes of hell we experience agony and laughter, and “through agony and laughter you develop comradery” said Coach Glassman. I agree with that, I laugh every single day, and I experience agony every single day. Most importantly, we all become better every day. Whether it is being just a little bit leaner or being the best athlete in AZ, do your best. Realize we are part of a social fabric that is being woven every day by people like us all over the world trying to do their best. The comradery we develop can be as impactful and immediate as you want it to be. Coach Glassman emphasized that you and I are the driving force behind CrossFit. Not only are we making better athletes, we are making better soldiers, better police and fire departments. This is something we can all be proud of. I am reminded everyday of why I do this. Every time I see someone reach a desired goal, beat a PR, show up after getting their ass handed to them yesterday, it reminds me of why we CrossFit? So we don’t suck at life!
Coach Bryon Maxwell