Recently six PCFers ventured into a new world. A world vaguely familiar, yet foreign – a world of barbells and singlets.
The following is authored by: Mindy Coby
PCF has done its share of oly lifting, but this time was different. Everything was laid out from the beginning: Two movements, six lifts, done.
“I can tell you’re CrossFitters,” the director said. “Because of our shirts, right,” I asked. “Well that, and your high level of energy, you bring your own food, and you talk in pounds.”
We were visitors in a place where everyone else knew the drill very well, because it’s the same every time. Competitors had routines and rituals, rarely did they have fans or a support system, and they didn’t really talk to anyone else. No wonder our little group in the corner seemed to be obvious outsiders.
You get three chances at the snatch and three at the clean and jerk. A host of rules and three judges determine whether or not your lift counts. There was no raging loud music, no vendors, no noisy spectators. Instead, competitors approach their bars in complete silence, while all spectators look on. Most received polite applause if they succeeded in their lift.
I didn’t really have many expectations going into this. After all, we’re technically “dabblers.” But here’s the cool part… We didn’t look like “dabblers.”
In fact, our people were pulling some of the heaviest bars of the entire day. And when we did, people knew it, because you can’t keep a bunch of CrossFitting family members quiet for long. The camera clicked hundreds of shots while our little group yelled encouragement, cues, and support. By not specializing, we may not be elite at any one thing, but we are definitely competitive in nearly everything. More important than that, our community was present in an arena where community isn’t key.
Coach Glassman’s 100-word definition of fitness demands that CrossFitters continually try new things. It forces us into Tough Mudders, Oly meets, marathons and more. CrossFit begs us to stretch our views and comfort zones farther than we ever thought possible, and it rewards us for having the guts to do things we have never done before.
*Rest (1) minute between rounds. Score total time with rest.
10-Alternating pistols(add weight if possible)
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