Fire Their Jets (Thu 4/15/10)

DTR_3039 Last night was a fantastic night at the gym. We were in the home stretch of the metcon part of the WOD and everyone was cheering and yelling, clapping and supporting the people who were trying their guts out (almost literally) to finish. Wasn’t it a blast? I sure thought so.

That’s yet another thing that is so unique about CrossFit – the community. Nevermind the barbecues and the beer, the friendships made at the gym or that you just beat someone in a WOD, I’m talking about the sincere (and loud) support of people who are busting their asses to finish as fast as they possibly can. It’s a magical thing to hear 10 people (whether they were involved in the workout or not) cheering and screaming like they’re watching their favorite team come from behind to win the championship.

That support from the sidelines goes a LONG way toward helping someone improve. Having one person say “c’mon man, you can do it” when the WOD starts getting tough is helpful, but having 10 people yelling and screaming and applauding opens up a reserve of energy more powerful than rocket fuel and fires up the jets for the finish.

That community is you. I can teach the movements, improve your efficiency, and even push you pretty hard when you come into the gym, but you and your sideline enthusiasm is the difference between a good performance and one that can only be described as “holy sh*t did you see that guy GO?!?”

So next time you’re either done with your WOD or are waiting for the next class to start, instead of shooting the breeze, goofing around or sitting in the chairs spectating, get involved and cheer, clap and loudly support everyone who hasn’t yelled “TIME!!” yet. You’ll be glad you did when the tables are turned and you can honestly say that you never would have PR’d without everyone screaming at you to go faster.

Today’s WOD:

“The Filthy Fifty”

For time:
50 Box jump (24″ box)
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings (35/25)
50 Steps Walking Lunge
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders