Her hands clasped mine like gloves two sizes too small. I thought of feathers and vanilla ice cream. They were the best hands in the world, ones willing to do things she’d never done.
She kicked into a handstand, heels hitting the wall much higher than normal. With outstretched arms, I lie perpendicular beneath her like an angel trying to balance the world on his finger tips. She was a statue I had to protect. Slowly, my elbows bent until they grazed the ground, she didn’t breath. Even more slowly than before, I pressed her back to the start, she never took her eyes off mine. For no reason other than we could, we smiled and looked for a new trick to master.
It was how we got to know each other.
In the beginning it’s all you know, like pushing a girl you like before realizing talking works better. Since we matured a little, we learned that meaningful relationships require more than shoving and kicking; their about vulnerability, free spirits and playfulness.
Our mission statement demands it. Our drive to become bigger, fitter and badder forgets it. Playing is essential to CrossFit, to life, and we leave it out like the clumsy kid who never gets picked for soccer.
“Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.” – Greg Glassman
“Regularly learn and play … “ that’s as CrossFit as it gets. And “sport,” well, that isn’t football or baseball, could be but not for most of us. Sport is the expression of daily training. Sport is playing with our kids, playing with our dogs and playing with our friends.
Playing is a night at the gym kicking and tugging at the rings, rolling and tumbling on the floor, catching your breath after trying something new for no reason other than you can. It’s something a little risky, something very friendly, and something we don’t do enough.
Complete (50) reps of the following.
-Box Jumps 20/24
-45lb Push press
-Knee 2 elbow
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