Are we born CrossFitter, or do we become CrossFitter?
Does CrossFit start a chain reaction that was deep within us already, or is CrossFit the seed, everything else the fruit? Are the qualities mentioned below inherent to you or were they learned on the WOD floor, are there more?
1. Are you willing to work hard?
Everyone gets butterflies in their stomach, everyone that is willing to but forth the work necessary to make changes that is. Changes don’t come cheap, change come at the expense of our pre-concieved notions and bad habits. Changing, hard work, and CrossFitting can be scary, and it’s not about avoiding fear, it’s about overcoming it everyday by out working it.
2. Are you willing to be coached?
Arrogance doesn’t survive very long in CrossFit, it’s sort of suicide for the ego. If your not comfortable with having an eye on you, watching, adjusting, fixing and improving, then you better get that way real quick. Proper CrossFit coaching is what sets the stage for endless improvement.
3. Are you willing to lose?
Own up to the fact that you are competitive and so is CrossFit. That’s another characteristic that makes it so productive. But with competition comes defeat. When the bar is too heavy to move, when the clock seems as though it’s running in overdrive, when you can’t push-up once more, that’s when we learn what we are made of. Fighting today when their is little chance of victory is what makes us great tomorrow.
4. Are you willing to be a spectacle?
The CrossFit community is king of accountability. There will be a time when your going to demo all the right moves. And there will be a time when you look like a fish out of water, and everyone will see you gasping for air. There will be a time when you are last to finish and we all are watching. There will be a time when your true CrossFit friend asks about your diet. You will be held accountable through spectacle, through an entire community and you rewards will be limitless because of it.
5. Are you willing to take risks?
CrossFit is dangerous and hiding that fact is criminal. You will work at your highest level of output, and then you will work a little harder. The possibility for injury will always be there, and it’s that possibility that makes CrossFit so effective.
6. Are you willing to give of your time?
CrossFitting is certainly about you, but you rise to greatest because of those around you. It’s OK to focus on you, it’s not OK, to ONLY focus on you. If your only in it for yourself, it’s not really community, and that’s not really CrossFit.
Are you willing?
What do you thing makes someone CrossFit Compatible? What am I missing?
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