Tuesday 1105010

With a continuously running clock, complete 1 pull-up the first minute, 2 pull-ups the second minute, 3 pull-ups the third minute,…. continuing as long as you are able.

Use as many sets as you need to complete the appropriate reps.

Post rounds and reps completed to comments.

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John and Gerry, weighted heels, knees over feet, neutral spine… rad!

What is that stuff called CrossFit?   

How many times have you heard that question?  I've been a CrossFit athlete for about four years now and there are two things that never pop into my head when this question is asked.  First, "constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity" and the second "Increased work capacity over broad time and modal domains".  Though I can recite these like scripture, and believe in their worth to fitness, they are not the first thoughts in my head.

The first thing I do think about is how CrossFit has changed my life.  How do you explain that to a stranger?  They always ask me, were you overweight?  No.  Were you out of shape? No.  I didn't start CrossFit with all these lofty goals to lose weight and get in shape, so how could CrossFit a strength and conditioning program, change my life so drastically that I cannot imagine my life without it?  
 
CrossFit does change people’s lives, those that are open to it?  It exposes you to things that you are not good at.  You will look silly and you will not always be the best.  It doesn't matter who you are, you will be challenged by aspects of this program.  At first, this is a big hit to the ego and you desire to be better so that you can be the best.  Soon you find that the best gets you nothing but an impressive "Grace" time or bragging rights and then the real changing begins?  So why does CrossFit change peoples lives, all CrossFitters not just the fire breathing kind?

CrossFit changes people’s lives through constant challenge and exposure.  When you are at your worst CrossFit will not let up, it will not release you to stand and watch.  It is tough love, it throws you back in the fire and says you will endure, you will finish, and you will be the person you know that you can be.  How can a workout do all that?  I don't have the answer there; it is a mystery how 21-15-9 thrusters and pull-ups can change how badly you want to become that person inside.

I believe that we all have an image of ourselves, who we keep striving to be, CrossFit exposes this person and challenges you to be just that and no less.  It's not easy to face yourself everyday, and just when you think you have been defeated, your community arises around you to rally.  Friendships are developed, you become closer to your CrossFit comrades then you ever thought possiblethey endure along side you and remind you that you are a part of something bigger then yourself and your life begins to change.  Now tell me, how do you explain that to a stranger?

Comments

  1. Well said! How do you tell that to a stranger is a fantastic question! Making me think for sure.. Off to bed, pullups in the morning! yeee!

  2. bill :

    I love “death by” wods and I love pullups! Can’t wait

  3. Patrick M :

    That was perfect for me to read. Thank you!’

  4. Slaughter :

    Crossfit for me plays a lot of roles. It is also a coping mechanism, it is individual and private, but also team-oriented and social. It means something different to every individual, much like that individual is unique unto themselves. It is bigger than the sum of it’s individual parts.
    I explain it to a stranger by: It is a major part of my life that builds fitness, friendships, and character.

  5. Dan Watson :

    Love your answer Slaughter. Today’s WOD is the last/first WOD that introduced me to a badly torn hand. I’m going to build some character and increase my fitness by not skipping despite my brain from telling me otherwise.
    Here’s an interesting blog post on the CrossFit “elevator speech”:
    http://whole9life.com/2009/05/the-elevator-pitch/

  6. Dane :

    torn my hands apart myself, glad I went, 11th minute +4 no bands…hands hurt but I feel great.

  7. David S :

    13+13 RX

  8. Torn hands but made it through 10th set. felt like I didn’t get enough work in. Tomorrow is supposed to be my day off we’ll see.

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