The sign that your an adult isn’t when you can buy alcohol, go to war, or rent a car, it’s when no-one else can make you feel as guilt as your own conscious.
A post on Facebook went up recently reminding me of my younger days, some six or so years back when I ran a big box. “Open gym closed”, was the title, and it went on to say that this particular facility wasn’t allowing anyone open gym (un-coached) time anymore because they had failed to clean up after themselves. It read like a slap on the wrist, like someone who speaks before thinking.
Six years ago my ex-boss pulled a stunt like this with over 1000 members. Someone had dropped dumbbells on the floor cutting the rubber mat, he locked the dumbbells up for a week until someone finally turned in the offender. He made it fell like him against us. I vowed to open a facility one day where it would be “ours”. Where everyone was equal and you really couldn’t tell who owned what because one minute they could be teaching a class, or leaving sweat angels on the floor, or cleaning the bathrooms.
Practice CrossFit is running out of room. We have equipment and people that seem to grow daily. That picture shows our storage room in it’s constant state of disarray. A room that doubles as a dressing room. It looks like seven burglars mugged eight terrorists. And you know who’s fault it is….mine.
If your an affiliate owner and most of your athletes are overweight and not changing their health for the better because you think community building is synonymous with bar-hopping, then your the one to blame for their lack of commitment. If your that box owner who keeps emailing me asking “how to get your athletes to eat better”, but says “I am talking about them not me” when I ask to see how you eat, then the lessons you must learn are staggering.
CrossFit is a responsibility to make people better, not to make excuses, to grow in all areas, not just shine bright in one, and fail in another. In fact, that’s the opposite of CrossFit.
You can clean up after yourself all day, but if you suck at your marriage and your unwilling to work on it, that will show up in your box. If your unflinching eye leaves you at the Paleo dinner table 100% of the time, but you forget to give back to charity then it will come out in some other way and it will always hinder what you may have to offer the world.
I am not speaking of perfection, I am speaking of the most common CrossFit trait their is-a never ending drive for improvement-measure, observable, and repeatable results in every way on and off the workout floor.
If your OK with one bad habit, one chink in your armor, then your very hypocrisy will show up within the walls of your box and your home. It looks like athletes that can’t eat right, it looks PCF’s storage room, it looks like nightly arguments with your wife.
My storage room shows me first hand that something in me needs an overhaul, maybe many things. It makes me look at every area of my life; Am I leading arrogantly or just poorly, am I messy, do I mistreat those I love, am I not giving enough to the church, am I selfish with my time? My storage room reminds me that to be comfortable is to die, to improve is blessed, and that both are entirely up to me.
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