Be advised: There is a 30 burpee penalty for anyone stating that the below was “too long” to read. You have been warned.
A TALE OF TWO LADIES
Hopefully you all read the comments by Kelly R. and Beth from the January 3rd Blog/WOD page. If you didn’t you missed two excellent accounts of how Kelly and Beth got started, what they were thinking and how they kept going despite their “newbie doubt”.
If you didn’t go back to the comments from that day go ahead now. I’ll wait for you right here………..
Welcome back! Wasn’t that awesome?
These stories and those like it mean everything to Lisa and I. It’s why we do what we do. Lisa and I became police officers for basically the same reasons. We wanted to do something that wasn’t boring or routine where we could be in a position to help people. We consider being coaches an extension of that desire to help people. Getting positive feedback and watching progress leaves us with a feeling like no other.
We enjoy competition and enjoy training those who wish to compete. Competition is a good way to test yourself. For me personally though, the sense of satisfaction from helping prepare athletes for competition compares little to helping a mom, an office worker, a cop, firefighter, a military person or any “regular” person get stronger to feel better at work and make it easier for them to chase their kids around–helping people get better at “life”.
Watching the look of wonder on someone’s face when they lift a weight that they never imagined they would lift is exhilarating. The same goes when someone gets a movement down, like a pull-up, handstand push-up or muscle-up.
Adding to Beth’s story, I’ll say this: Never in my wildest imagination did I think she would stay beyond the first month. When I handed Beth a 15lbs. barbell she looked at me like I was crazy. And there was terror in her eyes. I said something to the effect of, “Do you go grocery shopping? You know you’re groceries weigh more than this bar.” Beth wasn’t having it though. Fast forward to now, 10 months later. If you have trained with Beth you know she lifts way more than that 15 lb. barbell now. You have seen the change in her body and dare I say, her attitude. This growth as a CrossFitter often carries over to growth as a person. This is evident in Beth. Beth is 2 days from taping for The Rachel Ray Show. Something about underwear. Yes, Beth is going on national television to stand there in her underwear. I’m sorry, but this takes more balls than most people have. Beth is not an exhibitionist and would not have entertained the idea of appearing on the The Rachel Ray Show 10 months ago. I’m not suggesting your CrossFit goals should include appearing on national television, or local for that matter, in your underwear, but it does suggest a major shift, for the better, in Beth’s attitude.
Kelly R., like many others, came in with a friend…and she was still…ugh…concerned. While she was concerned about this crazy CrossFit thing, she always has a smile on and seems to be enjoying the training process. What Kelly is not telling you, perhaps she doesn’t realize, is that once it’s time to train she puts her game face on and is very focused. Still, we were unsure about Kelly staying. Her friend had other things in life come up and she couldn’t keep training. This is often a critical point for trainees that join with close friends. Quite often if one cannot continue a “concerned” person will use this as an opportunity to quit.
In fact, Kelly seemed to be even more driven. While it’s true that she was often at the back of the pack it wasn’t because of lack of effort. When a housewife and mother of three young children takes on CrossFit she probably isn’t going to be at the front of the pack from the get go. Who cares? We only care that you train consistently and put forth your best effort. This is exactly what Kelly does. Like it’s her job! Perhaps my favorite thing about Kelly is she ALWAYS has kind things to say about her fellow trainees. Her comments and energy are always positive. Unfortunately the trainees who marvel at Kelly’s strength and progress don’t tell her. They tell me. Kelly would down-play the compliments anyway, quietly keeping out the outside world by putting her hood up and focusing on the only thing that matters at the moment–moving herself or moving heavy weight. We can see something in Kelly’s blue eyes, when her hood goes on, that you just can’t teach people, there’s an inner-badass there. There’s the look of “I WILL get this done and nothing is going to stop me“.
You are always encouraged to comment. You are strongly encouraged, gentle reader, to tell your story like Beth and Kelly did. It helps us as coaches and it will be helpful to future newbies.
I don’t know who to attribute the quote to, but someone once said, “A life worth living is a life worth recording.” You can take this quote to heart and start with how you learned about CrossFit and how you began your journey, what was going through your mind and what you have come to learn.
See you in the gym!
[Note: There’s no proof of this, but it is an interesting theory. I believe Silva could have been taking in all the sun and vitamin D supplement he could handle and he would have broken his leg anyway. For those of you who don’t know, Anderson Silva is one of the best fighters in mixed martial art history. While fighting Long Island’s own, Chris Weidman on December 28th 2013, Anderson threw a kick at Weidman’s leg. Weidman “checked” or blocked the kick with his leg and Silva’s leg literally broke in half. There was a video of it with this article, but it was removed. Fear not….there’s one right here for your viewing pleasure. If catastrophic injuries are not your thing PLEASE DON’T WATCH. It’s graphic and not for the squeamish: Anderson Silva Broken Leg in Fight vs. Chris Weidman
The article does raise the issue of supplementing with vitamin D3 since not many of us are in the sun enough.]—George
Workout of the Day
15 mins to establish a 2RM Hi-hang Snatch
25 OHS @ 50% 1 rep max
25 Bar-Facing Burpees
15 OHS @ 60% 1 rep max
15 Bar-Facing Burpees
5 OHS @ 80% 1 rep max
5 Bar-Facing Burpees
10 Muscle-Ups (Substitute with ring dips)
Post your scores to the Whiteboard.