The following is from a guy who’s not going to the CrossFit Games this season to compete. In fact, his Open profile reads; “I’m here for me.” From the looks of it, he’s doing a pretty good job.
The following is authored by: Joel Lyman
CrossFit stops just being physical once you start learning.
Learning the movements isn’t even the difficult part anymore. Becoming aware that my lower self is rooting for me to fail. To stop. To slow down and breathe a little more. To glance around and see where everyone else is, now that’s hard to swallow.
A trainer started a class strangely recently. Instead of the normal introductions or run-down of the warm-ups, he said: “When we spend our time here, we can have fun. It gets us out of the house, we get to see our friends, and I think most people genuinely have a good time. But I want to remind you of something as we start today. Every activity we program has a purpose. And we can have fun and see our friends, but we must remind ourselves to be purposeful in what we do, instead of just running down the list.”
This has stuck with me far more that the trainer probably intended. But I had never thought of my time here in that way before.
My brain is a collision of ideas, experiences, frustrations, joys, pains, and doubts. But with the help of the trainer’s words, I decided to be mindful, in the moment with whatever I was doing that day. I tried to think of one solid cue that would set everything else up.
I PR’d my squat by about 60 lb. that day.
Instead of the normal thinking of screw your feet into the ground, heels down, butt back, knees out, tight core, tempo, bounce – I gave myself one cue, and focused intently on my real reasons for being there. The cue isn’t important, what is important is my dramatically enhanced focus.
In my mind, CrossFit is about learning our limitations and putting them on display. Then, we destroy them. Being mindful, instead of going through the motions, is helping me leave who I was in the past where he belongs.
Rope Climbs & pistols
*Spend 12 minutes making these movements better by accumulating perfect reps.
15-Power cleans 95/135
*One bar, change plates accordingly for practice.
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