Compassion

Shawn pulls 405.

Shawn pulls 405.

Best class ever, and I actually got paid for it.

Best class ever, and I actually got paid for it.

A la Golden and Kyle, Judy borrows my shorts.  Probably not anyone's idea of fashionable, but she wasn't going to let anything keep her from training.

A la Golden and Kyle, Judy borrows my shorts after forgetting hers. Probably not anyone's idea of fashionable, but she wasn't going to let anything keep her from training.

I witnessed a car crash today.  Nothing really serious, just a fender bender at slow speed.  A small car rear-ended a SUV and had its hood bent nearly double by the trailer hitch on the much larger SUV.  The woman driving the car, her front crumpled and at fault, jumped out of her car, rushed to the window of the SUV and immediately asked if they were ok.  “Are you ok?  That’s the important thing.  Are you all right?” I heard her say.

Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem that I see people caring about others a lot.  I hope it is just me and that I am jaded and cynical, but I am sad when I look around and see how rudely people treat their fellows.  What happened to the care and compassion out there?

It might be hard to believe, but care and compassion are at the center of being a CrossFit trainer.  The way I look at it, we are in the business of making people’s lives better, and I am sad for trainers who think that CrossFit is just about deadlift numbers and Fran times.  A lot of being a trainer can be taught or comes with greater and greater experience, but that core compassion is usually either there or not.  The successful trainer, the really good ones, are those that are invested in their members’ success and growth, that really care.

A while back, I challenged everyone to find someone they care about and get them on the path to better health and fitness.  How’s it going?  How about an update?  A progress report?

Seriously, get to it folks.  Life is pretty damn precious and, believe me, if someone you love has to go before their time, it better not be from something they could have prevented.  Nagging is probably not going to work.  You can’t just tell them to go to the gym, you have to do more than that.  Do something with them.  Go for walks or bike rides or play catch.  Yeah, we are all pretty busy, but remember that whole compassion thing.  If you care enough, you can find the time.

Any success stories out there?  I want to hear them.  Please post to Comments.

A reminder that Labor Day will have are the 9, 10, and 12 noon classes only.  See you there.

Workout:

Push Jerk

7 sets of 3 reps where the last 3 sets are 3RM

Then:

AMRAP in 15 minutes

10 Power Cleans 80/60% BW

15 Pushups

200m Run

Post WOD completed and score to Comments.