no images were foundCrossFit affects each of us in many of the same ways – it makes us stronger, faster and better than we ever thought we could be – but it also affects each of us in different ways. One of the things I tell prospective members in their intro is that if I listed all the ways CrossFit will improve their lives, they flat out wouldn’t believe me. The fact is that CrossFit hasn’t just made me a remarkably better athlete than I was when I started, it’s made me a better person in every aspect of my life. This is a brief story about how CrossFit has directly (and dramatically) improved my life.
In 1996 I earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University. A degree which, at the time, seemed to have a practical value only slightly above that of a third class postage stamp. I left I.U. with the distinct impression that, as an “Exercise Scientist,” I had about as much chance of being able to feed myself as would someone who had a degree in Mesozoic Crustacean Philosophy.
After about 8 years as a computer nerd (and no, I won’t take a look at your computer) and about the same as a near-starving personal trainer, I discovered CrossFit. When it ultimately took hold of my heart and soul and I began to realize I was physically capable of far more than I ever thought possible, my mind started looking for other areas that could benefit from this newly found confidence.
I began thinking bigger than trying to get another client (a similar experience we all have when we begin thinking about being able to do more than 3 pullups), and came up with the ridiculous idea of opening my own CrossFit affiliate. It was a pipe dream, and nothing more. But then, so was completing “Angie” the first time I saw it.
I looked at my “before” mindset for “Angie” (100 pullups? In the same DAY?!?) and my “after” mindset (holy crap – I did it!!), and then I realized that if I was capable of doing what I thought was impossible physically, clearly I was also capable of doing lots of other things I previously believed were impossible. So I took a deep breath and did the equivalent of the first pullup in the seemingly impossible task of 100: I brought up the idea to a potential partner.
Fast forward to present day, and my pipe dream has become a reality. Just like when you thought you could never do full bodyweight pullups, and now you do 10 of them everyday in the warm-up.
Has CrossFit changed my life? Yep. I don’t let my head get in my way anymore, because I’ve learned that I’m capable of more than I previously thought I was.
Push Jerk 3-2-1-1-1
5 Rounds for time:
15 Overhead Squats (95/63)