Echoes

Nap time! Newborn baby wearing Steve out? Nope, just a some post-WOD incapacitation.

Nap time! Newborn baby wearing Steve out? Nope, just a little post-WOD incapacitation.

“Sam, I appreciate your comments about intensity, and I think it connects with the blog your recently posted about focus. The complexities I face working at the hospital seem to always demand mental and physical intensity, sometimes more than I think I can handle. But, with every Crossfit workout, I begin to see more of what I’m capable of. It reminds me that I can approach situations outside of the gym with the same intensity and push the envelope.”

This was a comment in response to a recent post on Intensity.  What a great understanding of what CrossFit is really all about.  Very well said indeed. Would that I had such a succinct, yet deep, understanding myself.  As we all know, inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of sources and the above comment is a truly galvanizing call to attention. It is irrefutable proof that, to paraphrase an ancient quotation, what we do on the training floor echoes through all of our life.

“…always demand mental and physical intensity, sometimes more than I think I can handle.”  Lots of people do CrossFit to have more body control while surfing or to kick more ass on the wrestling, and that is great because CrossFit will do all that and a lot more.  But, life is the toughest contest of all, and for the CrossFitter above, simply getting through her demanding work day is the toughest opponent, a constant big wave challenge.  Intensity is her unceasing companion, not just during a session in the water or on the mat.  It must be exhausting.

I love that CrossFit helps a good athlete become great.  Or a Sunday playground b-ball player dominate.  However, CrossFit’s main purpose is to improve your everyday life, to make you fitter and better able to deal with anything that might be thrown at you.  General Physical Preparedness, right.  “But, with every Crossfit workout, I begin to see more of what I’m capable of.”  This could be the mission statement of CrossFit West.  That CrossFit could be the driving force for that kind of growth is the most dynamic sign of success I can imagine.

“It reminds me that I can approach situations outside of the gym with the same intensity and push the envelope.”  CrossFit preaches intensity, this we all know. But what is the result of that intensity?  Fitness, of course, but what does that mean?  Strength, speed, agility, power, the Ten Attributes of Fitness, the whole shebang, yes, true. However, I am looking for something more inclusive, more encompassing. I think that the above quotation nails it.  CrossFit enables you to charge the rest of your life with greater vigor, greater spirit, greater fervor, greater passion.  Greater intensity.

Approach your own training with that seared into your mind and your results will be unbelievable.

What are your thoughts?  Please post to Comments? 

Workout:

Overhead Squat-work up to a 1RM. Really push it.  The overhead squat isn’t a cns burner like the deadlift.  Work that 1RM for repeated singles.

Then:

Sprint Cindy

AMRAP in 10 minutes of

5 Pullups

10 Pushups

15 Squats

Halve your Cindy PR and try to get at least 1 more round.

Post WOD and score to Comments.