Satori (Thu 7/8/10)

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Satori is that moment when suddenly it all makes sense: the 3 weeks of On-Ramp listening to Brett and me drill you on mechanics and concepts, the pain you endure during the WODs, the hard work you do on purpose to produce that pain, the soreness and stiffness you feel sometimes for days afterward and the pride you take in your callus tears. In a single moment on a seemingly average day, you get it completely.

It’s impossible to explain, this experience of CrossFit enlightenment. It’s like trying to explain what jazz is to a deaf person. It’s not something that can be explained – it has to be *felt*. And not just the pain of the WOD, but the way it intertwines throughout your whole life.

In the Zen Buddhist tradition, satori refers to a flash of sudden awareness or individual enlightenment, and it’s the best word I can find that describes what happens when CrossFit grabs you. You become hell-bent on beating your Fran time and mastering the third pull on your snatch, getting a muscle-up and lifting some big heavy thing off the ground. It’s addicting, and it’s awesome.

Some people never get there, and that’s cool. For those of us that have, may we worship at the Zen CrossFit Temple regularly on our path to complete fitness nirvana. For everyone else, we’re praying for your satori so that we can share our Kool-Aid.


Shoulder Press 3×5


21-15-9 reps for time of:

Box Jumps
Knees to Elbows
Kettlebell Swings


500m Row for best time

  • Oliver

    So I am in a cult!

  • dan lau

    YEP… The cult of fitness and health! Ain’t it Grand 🙂