Bumpers and barbells were like bacon and chocolate in the beginning – unheard of and delicious.
“Come on in, it’s called CrossFit and its awesome,” we’d say stepping over each other to greet a newbie six years ago. Back when CrossFit was young, back before CrossFit got old.
“We’ll have you do pull-ups and you’ll throw up and love it. And check these out,” we’d say lifting a barbell with bumpers overhead, “our plates are rubber and you can drop them” … Clang.
We thought we were revolutionary, everyone else thought we were touched. But we never stopped being excited to go-hard, being proud of our roots and explaining our art … even when we weren’t quite sure what it was ourselves. At least we knew the most important part of the equation. Effort.
Efforts all CrossFit’s ever been about. While some of our packaging may change, this won’t.
A few weeks back I attended a CrossFit Kids Cert (everyone on the CrossFit planet should be forced to go to this). The crowd of CrossFitters has changed drastically from my Level One six years ago. Back then, every single human wanted to give everything they had … even when they didn’t really want to, they did anyway. It was like the next workout was always going to be your last, the one you’ll be remembered for so you better make it good.
When Doug Chapman asked who wanted to go in the next heat of Fran, we boxed each other out to have our go at the bar, and pouted like a child finishing his vegetables when we had to wait one second longer for our dessert.
Today, “it’s our rest day,” or “we just squatted yesterday,” or “our shoulder’s a little hot.” There’s more excuses than thrusters.
No matter how many pretty flyers we get in the mail, or the size of the Reebok banners we put on the wall, it’s the fire for the activity and the people doing it with us that makes CrossFit what it is. It’s the smirking little kid attitude that made us pull people off the streets and show them the barbells we lift, the ones we want them to lift alongside us.
CrossFit’s not, and it never will be, “taking it easy because I’m sore,” or “going through the motions because I just don’t feel like it today,” or “staying in bed because muscle-ups are on the board and I’d rather not modify than learn.”
CrossFit’s effort and if you’re not willing to give it, then CrossFit’s not for you.
Max pull-ups (strict)
*Add weight when necessary. Should be a challenging three reps.
Pull up: 3
Pull up – narrow grip: 3
Pull up – wide grip: 3
Reverse Grip: 3
Pull up – mixed grip: 3
Pull up – mixed grip: 3
False Grip: 3
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