Hotel lobbies make me think of CrossFit. Actually they make me thankful of CrossFit and CrossFitters, and aware of just how many of us there aren’t.
“Do people still smoke in here,” I asked while standing at the counter checking in. “Of course”, the concierge said, “non-smoking is only in bars and restaurants.”
It’s the smoke and the surprise that make me so thankful of what we have and what we share. It’s the smoke and the surprise that bring me back to reality. Reality is-CrossFit’s big, but not big enough.
Sheltered came to mind. Blessed followed, then that bad kinda feeling crept in. The one that makes you feel like you have lots of work to do and not enough time to do it in.
I spend my days nights and weekends at “CrossFit Somewhere or Something” and I have kinda forgot everything else. I forgot the ones on the other side if the garage door that I set out to help in the first place. The ones that are still afraid, or worse yet the ones who have no clue of what we do all day in warehouses across the world.
“Naked, no butter, no nothing, meat” I said to a waiter in a foreign town as I ordered steak with a desert of more steak. We don’t have this guy trained yet so he was surprised and asked a million questions. After I gave him the five second CrossFit+Paleo explanation he said, “I didn’t know people did that.”
Our waiter was surrounded by CrossFit’s (twenty within 12 miles) and he had no clue what CrossFit or Paleo was. Amazingly, we are surrounded by restaurants and hotels and everything in between who have yet to hear even the faintest CrossFit grumble.
And this is how we live, side by side and so far apart. This is what happens when we stop preaching to the masses in favor of preaching to the choir.
CrossFit has created a ripple, we need a tsunami. And while some are sitting around the fire worried that the brand is being watered down, billions survive who have no clue who we are or how we can help them. And it’s our fault if they never know that something more is out there….waiting in warehouses all over the world.
*Rest no longer than (1) Minute between efforts. Increase tempo assuming each pull is flawless.
Overhead squat/Snatch 75/105
Chest to bar pull-up
*Beginning with OHS on the first round, alternate rounds with Squat Snatches. Score total rounds achieved.
AMRAP 7 Minutes
-Recover 1 Minute then-
Not for time:
3-Pause overhead squats 75/105
*One pause pull-up is (3) seconds held chin over bar. Kipping is allowed.
**One pause OHS is (3) seconds held in the basement.
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