Commitment

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Golden, iron cross.

These are a lot of words that describe CrossFit. Hard. Crazy. Constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity. The word that best describes CrossFit to me is commitment. CrossFit takes commitment in all its forms. In fact, it embodies commitment.

The CrossFit attitude of constantly striving to better yourself is perhaps the greatest form of commitment. Never accepting your performance of yesterday, but going harder today, tomorrow, the next day and the day after that. It’s not easy, but, to put it bluntly, it’s hard to half ass CrossFit. We are all familiar with the adage “if it is worth doing, then it is worth doing right.” There is no getting around that saying with CrossFit. One’s performance is the most advanced polygraph there is. It quite simply tells the truth about one’s commitment.

CrossFit’s movements demand complete commitment. Dropping under the weight on a heavy clean, snapping the head and chest forward on a muscle up. A heavy dead takes complete commitment, a heavy squat even more so. A snatch demands total commitment. Outside of technical faults, lack of commitment is the most common reason for missing an Olympic lift.

This level of commitment hones one’s concentration. One must drive out all distractions to make the lift, complete the movement, and ultimately kill the WOD. I believe that this is one of the greatest attractions of CrossFit. That it forces one, completely, to have nothing in your mind but the movement. Similar to sparring or being on a rock face, CrossFit demands complete attention to the task at hand. Not a lot in our lives engenders this focused mind. Cherish it. Commitment to it.

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Workout:

100 Hang Power Snatches 50% BW

If you drop the bar, rerack it, or rest in any position other that the hang, do 10 pullups and 10 pushups.

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