FRI 09.14.12

STOP APOLOGIZING… by Coach Jeremy

CrossFit isn’t about perfection.
Salvador Dali once said, “Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never
reach it.” Recently a member apologized for not being perfect at
something. I said, “I don’t expect perfection; I expect your best!”
So why strive for perfection when it’s never to be reached? Why chalk up
your hands, donate skin to the rope, pull in pain and push out sweat?
Why put in work? Because that’s what we do, and that’s what separates
us as CrossFitters from the rest of the general population of treadmillers,
bicep curlers, and Zumba-ers.
Like a Buddhist monk who sits his whole life for just a glimpse of
enlightenment, we lift and sweat and practice for that glimpse of what
perfection may look like. And that glimpse is different for all of
us. We come to this box with different goals and ideas of what we
want.
As a coach I find it much easier to train the athlete who realizes his
or her imperfections than one who thinks he or she has none. We call
this “leaving your ego at the door.” To be good at CrossFit you must be
willing to look foolish at times. No one cares that you use the thickest
band for pull-ups. What we care about is that you did your best, and when
you graduate to a blue band someday, we will celebrate your victory. What we
won’t celebrate is your refusal to try because you’re not good at something.
So come in perfectly humble and ready to put in work. Do your best
while you’re here and get your time and money’s worth. Find a goal
and strive for it. And if you’re feeling a bit daring, let what you
learn at CrossFit Midtown bleed into your everyday life. Eat to train
and train like you’re preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. Strive for
that ever elusive perfection and come as close as you can. If you
fall short you will be healthier, stronger, and tougher than you were
before. I promise you that.
Wayne & John DeG knocking out the WLC prelims

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE!

Get in the game! Then join us tonight from 7 to 9 for a Not-Paleo Potluck at the gym. Bring something delicious that you’ll miss during WLC. And then we kick off the fun Saturday with the Prelims WOD & Measurements.

CFM WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY WHILE WE DO WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE PRELIMS AT THE PARK. ALL CFM STUDENTS (WLC CHALLENGERS OR NOT) ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US AT 10AM SATURDAY FOR A WOD IN THE PARK. SAT DOES NOT COUNT AGAINST YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR THE WEEK, SO PLEASE JOIN US WHETHER YOU HAVE REMAINING CLASSES OR NOT! ***THE MEETING PLACE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THE CENTER OF THE PIEDMONT PARK ACTIVE OVAL. WE WILL NO LONGER MEET IN THE PIEDMONT PARK MEADOW.

If you’re not sure where the Active Oval is, check out this map of Piedmont Park (if you drive, park in the deck off Monroe, or arrive early to find street parking on Piedmont, 10-13th Streets or elsewhere in the neighborhood. The closest park gate to the Active Oval is located at Piedmont & 14th Streets. Don’t forget to bring water and if you’re scared of burpees in the grass, bring a towel or yoga mat.

Here’s an explanation of Saturday’s baseline WLC WOD from Andy Petranek, founder/owner of CFLA:

Workout of the Day

A. 3 Rounds:
12 L Single-Arm Kettlebell Press, rest 30sec
12 R Single-Arm Kettlebell Press, rest 30sec
5 Back Squat, rest 3min

B. 4 sets:
100m run, 100m row or 20sec AirDyne, rest 3min
rest 6min between sets, then
4 more sets:
100m run, 100m row or 20sec AirDyne, rest 3min

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Lis Saunders says:

    Awesome post, Jeremy Russie! Look out for more posts from other coaches and ITP members… that's right, this blog will now feature the random musings of people other than ME. Yaaaaay, variety.
    So for anyone on the fence about joining the Not Paleo Potluck fun tonight, I understand some featured foods will be donuts, mac&cheese, Guinness chocolate mousse, rice krispy treats… and beverages like grapefruit, thyme & vodka cocktails aaaand budweiser. What else is on the menu? Drew Vabulas, what did you say you're bringing? (ahem, anyone who wants to pick up a pie from Antico Pizza is a-okay in my book).
    Dear Robbie Fuller, Nina Massa, Beka Carson, Fred Schesny, Woodrow Harris, Scott Levy, Arielle Fine… and ANYONE ELSE UNDECIDED… Please come play in the challenge. Even if you lose your nutrition points every Sat and/or Sun because it's football season, you can still make some killer changes to your life over eight weeks. Let's do this!

  • John Dyer says:

    Great post, Jeremy!

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