“You will have a 6 pack if you can do 100 burpees in less than 5 minutes.” If you’ve been around the box any amount of time I’m sure you have heard this from me. I stand by it as gospel. Although I am sure there is someone in the world who can do this feat without having a six pack, in general this is true and exceptions prove a rule. But its not the act of doing the burpees in under 5 minutes that gets you the six pack, it’s the amount of time and the things you will put your body through that will get you a six pack. I think this quote above goes hand in hand with this. The changes you will have to go through to achieve any goal are more important than the goal itself.
So what does this have to do with anything? In CrossFit sometimes we go through the motions. Show up, warm up, WOD, hang out, go home. What was your goal when you first started CrossFit? Have you reached that yet? My first memorable goal in CrossFit was to get a double under. I practiced everyday. When I got my first one a year later I was so stoked I ran around the gym just high on life. But that faded so the next goal was 5 double unders in a row, then 10. After doubles I needed to get muscle ups or I was a failure. The point is…without a goal we are just putting our time in at the gym. In nature their is no stasis. We are either getting better or we are getting worse. Striving for a goal will make you better and constantly setting new goals will bring back the passion and excitement to your fitness. Stagnation creeps into all of our lives and one way to break out of it is finding a worthy goal and conquering it.
Not to bust out too many quotes in one post but this Teddy Roosevelt one always fired me up. The whole speech is fantastic, “Citizenship in a Republic” but this quote is famous and has application here.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Some changes coming up soon. Don’t want to go into to much detail until I have something more substantial but I will keep everyone posted.