…Now that the weekend is over, what’s next? As an athlete, where do we go from here? It’s totally natural to feel the post-competition “lull” if you will. We were all wound up tight, nerves on edge, anticipating and executed with all we had. Now on the other side, we might not have any clear goals to work towards…
When I sat down to write this blog I had the “Be Like Bruce” fitness festival on my mind. Let me correct that. I had the “Be Like Bruce” competition on my mind. I was going to type something about that competitive edge. But…
…One simple illustration I thought of was a PVC pipe that we use in the gym. If we stand that PVC vertically on the floor and push down on the top of it, it creates an arch. With my hand pressing down on the top of it, this arched position has potential energy. There is energy stored in that shape.
Steve was a founding member of our Fit Over Fifty group. He started with us in the fall of 2018 and has been committed to coming to the gym three times per week since then. Steve works in IT and spends a lot of time behind a desk; like many of us do. Years of not making his health a priority left him in less than ideal shape. He was hurting and he knew it. When Steve started, he was very much reserved, quiet and didn’t have a whole lot of confidence. On Wednesday WOD for our Fit Over Fifty group, Steve called out another member of our group, who runs marathons, in his last 200m run. Steve won! (The friendly competition in this group is phenomenal and pushes them so far).
Our “Fit Over Fifty YXE” program has been running for over 7 months now with huge success! As the program head I would love to credit for this. However, it certainly “isn’t me!”. When the program began or as we have had new members join the group, I always get a few funny looks when I say we are going to box jumps or burpees. While at face value they may seem simply as “work”, I always follow up on that first time with explaining the “why”. I also ask one simple question; “when was the last time you ‘jumped’ onto something?” Not stepped up. Jumped. In this very simple case of a box jump, the answer most often is “I don’t know” along with a lot of agreeing nods
I was watching a Rich Froning interview lately and he was asked to give one piece of advice to someone who is just starting out in Crossfit. His answer, which he went on to expand on, was simple - “Have fun with it!”.
You decided once upon a time to give Crossfit a try. You came in to the gym and survived workout after workout. You have felt and seen the positive changes that your time at 306 has brought to your life. Now why not pass it on?