My family went for a long walk on the beach yesterday before dinner. My uncle is learning to kite surf and had brought along a trainer kite which he manipulated with surprising skill. He had the big kite swooping around. He could bring it to a still hover or shoot it at us, pulling up just in time. In addition to kite surfing, my uncle also trains at CrossFit Marin where he particularly focuses on parkour.
We fell to talking on the beach walk and I mentioned that he seemed to be in the midst of a renaissance of sorts. He looked at me and said, “you know Sam, it’s the CrossFit. It just gives me such a can do attitude.” I knew immediately what he meant, as I see it on a regular basis.
A can do attitude. For a lot of people who start CrossFit, a can do attitude is one of its greatest gifts. My uncle recently turned sixty, a fairly interesting age to take up parkour and kiteboarding. But CrossFit, along with a tight and disciplined nutritional plan, has in many ways given my uncle that over used cliche, a new lease on life. Not in the death bed, new heart valve sense, but the everyday sense. He is doing, living, acting in ways that he has not in many years. He can do.
CrossFit extends longevity, both physical and mental, and for so many people the two are inextricably intertwined.
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5 Overhead Squats 135/85#
10 Burpee Box Jumps
5 Handstand Pushups