For those of you who have just joined the CrossFit "Family" this is a reflection on what it is like at these competitions as you travel throughout and see people. I encourage you if you are looking into CrossFit for the first time, to explore different facilities as you look through . Each facility has it's own atmosphere, it's own feel, it's own community, but in the grand scheme of things.. JUST start your fitness program. Even if it's NOT a CrossFit facility.. start moving your body... you will NEVER have an experience like you do at some affiliates.. because we are based on the community we build. take a read.....
Original note written on Saturday August 25th, 2012
What an amazing day. I just arrived home and have had about 3 hours of drive time to reflect on some things as I spent the day at Lalanne Fitness today coaching an amazing athlete and spending time with the community that means the world to me. So I wanted to take a moment and just reflect and share some deep rooted thoughts that came out of today.
When I was driving to LaLanne today, with much on my mind, not just Casey, but also Dre in Oregon and my athletes competing tomorrow in Hawaii as well as the team doing the Row-A-thon at CrossFit Combat Fitness here in Fresno, I was thinking about FTF, the meaning of what it is we do as a CrossFit community, what we stand for and why we do what we do. I was processing how to be the best coach I could be, how to step up my game even further as a coach, and yet I was also thinking about their game, their competition and how amazing the group of people I have the privelage of calling members of FTF, and athletes I coach around the world...
As I was driving into the parking structure, still sleepy eyed and less than awake, I ran into Melissa and Ryan Hutfless... and the excitement began. It was then and there, that as Sally Goldman walked by my car and took a few moments to talk to me after I got off the phone with Dre in Oregon that I took a deep breath. I had to stop and just have a moment in AWE of this community. I saw Chris Michelmore from Moxie and met his wife and one of his athletes.. and it sank in more and more how awesome our community is.
As I walked to the gym, I ran into Jenni from CF North Marin, and talked for a few minutes as we walked in to Lalanne. The atmosphere was what I would call passionate, driven, and excited. alot of nerves. And when I saw my athlete, Casey and got a HUGE hug from her which filled my heart with joy to be there coaching today, I looked around the room, surrounded by like minded people, like Shawna White, who competed today, and it was just breathtaking.
I ran into my motivator and cohort Brian Kastl and the Hercules crew.. which I can't tell you how awesome they are (Thank you Danielle for the help today and Drew.... GREAT job!) It was clear that I was exactly where I needed to be today, with my extended family.
Each and every one of us attends a very special box, a family, a community. And when we get together like this... it's a HUGE family reunion. It doesn't matter whether you are a competitor, a spectator, or a coach, you are one of us, one of our own. We have a love and a passion for pushing ourselves to our limits every single day. And I paused to look around after I set my stuff down.. to absorb the energy in the room. POWERFUL!!!!!!
Our community, is not one that is easily duplicated in any other sport. Our sport is unique in that you can throw anything at us and we will give it our best effort. It doesn't matter if it's 2 minutes of jumping up and down with a bar on our back or carrying a yoke for a mile... you ask us to do it and we will do it. Not only that but we welcome people of ALL fitness levels to give it a go.
Think for a moment, what this community brings to you and what you bring to the community. Every person I ran into today, was family to me.. it didn't matter if I had known you for 10 minutes, or 10 years, you were a family member, a friend, a person with the same thoughts and processes.
Chris and Maribel, you put on an amazing day and brought us together in our own special way to really celebrate what we are all about, which is pushing each other, coaching each other, and humbling ourselves with physical activity at every turn.
We are blessed to be a part of this. We have chosen this as our lifestyle, our focus and the way that we make an impact. You may not realize it, but each and every one of you, influence and impact someone no matter that it be your first competition, whether you scale or RX. You are out there doing the common uncommonly well.
It didn't stop there, the extended family from CF NM opened their arms as they always do, and each and every person, Shallan, Lauren, Lo, well.. really too many to list, that I came in contact with today... I want to thank you.
Each and every day at FTF, I am reminded of the power of what we do with every member that trains there. Coming to something like this as a coach and a non-competitor really put a different spin on things for me. I have now attended two competitions as a judge and a coach. What I love is that we all have our own spin on how we coach, what we give to the community and how we approach it.
I forget sometimes how influential this community has been on my life. I often wonder what would have happened if FTF never opened. What if I was just a "normal" person who went through day to day just content... accepting complacency in my life. What would that be like? How would things be different?
The answer, is I couldn't be.. I wouldn't be complacent. I can't be. We are an ever growing and changing sport based on evolution and change. Each and every day, someone in the community brings new challenge and information.
Want to know the greatest part of all of this. Is that there is NO RIGHT ANSWER to any of it. There is not one philosphy that works, it is multifaceted and multidisciplined. It's hard work, blood, sweat and tears that create success in this sport. But what's even better is that the principles applied in CrossFit ARE applied in so many other areas of our lives. The drive for success. Imagine if you could take just a capful of the energy located in the four walls of the competition today and give it to someone in your life that needed change, needed to find a passion, who were ready for change but didn't know how to implement it in their own lives.
We will all continue to coach and have different styles of coaching, different attitudes, different strengths and weaknesses. But what bonds us is the desire to succeed. Each and EVERY person in that gym today was successful in their own right. Whether you feel you did good or not, you were there, changing your life and influencing others. The spectators, there cheering the competitors on, the coaches, screaming at the top of their lungs so the athletes would hear them (or was that just me lol)
You are more powerful than you could ever imagine. You have more in you than you know. We all do. What we must do is clear our heads, and put our nose to the grind. One taste, one challenge accepted, one push beyond our limits is all it takes. And then we want more. We want and desire to master a skill and when we get that one, there are 3000 more to master.
Seek out information from multiple sources. Don't allow yourself to get stuck in one ideal, one method, one style of training or coaching. Be open to change, for one thing in our sport is that change occurs all the time. We continue to push the envelope and create more and more information in the fitness industry. When Seminars and clinics come up, sign up, register and become better at something. Constantly evolve, learn and sharpen your saw. You will only improve in life as you do.
To those who attend CrossFit FTF on a regular basis, even those who tried it out and figured out it wasn't for them, thank you. Thank you for giving me the gift of the ability to share my passion, my drive and my crazy mind with you. For those who accept me as part of their family, their huge CrossFit family, thank you for driving and inspiring me to be a better coach, a better athlete and most of all, a better friend.
I can't express to all of you the gratitude that runs so deep within me tonight as I sit here reflecting on the whole day. I felt this after the Hercules throwdown as well, but chose to hold it in silently. But tonight, I am leaking passion, leaking drive and desire for ALL of us to get the best out of life. You are truly an inspiring bunch of people. Thank you for always allowing me to become humble every time I see you, every time I am around you. You drive me every day. YOU all influence ME to be the best at what I do.
Most of all, just remember that this is FUN. And we got into it because it was "fun" when we were laid out after our first WOD.
To all of you, Work Hard, Play Harder, and Train Hardest.
To those who I am fortunate enough to coach, thank you for being exactly who you are. Thank you for continuing to challenge me as a coach. Thank you for being a part of my life, a very big inspirational and influential part of my life. I would not be who I am today without the influence of all of you.
Happy Training CrossFit Community!
And great job to ALL competitors today. Great show by all of you. Congratulations on a great day and to Chris and Maribel, thank you for your efforts and time. this was an amazing competition!
PS... please feel free to share... as this really is about you... and what this community is all about.