There has to be something to this whole CrossFit thing! It is changing lives around the world. It is evolving and becoming something more than a fitness program. I quit a successful job to do this full time.
For me, it all started with my friends in my garage back in 2008. We had no idea what we were doing. I vividly remember doing Fight Gone Bad—but jumping over a cooler of beer because we didn't have any boxes. One day we pushed a truck around a parking a lot and made up a WOD some of you may remember called White Trash Trucker. CrossFit Strong had humble beginnings, but we had a great time.
Like most things in life, change happens, but there’s been one constant through all these years: CrossFit Strong has connected, influenced, and changed so many people. Myself included.
(this was probably 5 months into doing CrossFit. Those pullups bars are the red ones you see in the picture below. And the scrap iron in the back of the building.)
The reasons I do CrossFit have continually evolved. In the beginning, it hooked me because of the competitive aspect with my friends. Then it captivated me because of the incredible changes it made in my life and in my friends’ lives. After all these years, I’m sold: It’s more than a fitness program. It works. And we can do this into our formidable senior years (I think I am into those already).
No matter your age or ability, there is a competitive aspect to this thing! It doesn't necessarily mean you’re competing against someone else all the time. You compete with yourself. Can you do that one extra rep before you rest? Can you run a little faster? Do a burpee with less "pause" on the ground?
For me, I enjoyed trying to do a little better than my friends. It’s fun! But then, as my friends and I continued to go head to head, day after day in the garage, something else was happening that I didn't notice until a few months later. My friends were becoming more confident in other areas of their lives.
This is actually one of the primary reasons that made me start to consider opening a CrossFit gym. I couldn't figure out how a fitness program could bring self-confidence to someone, and I’m not talking about that false bravado you get from doing a pool pump before you hit the apartment pool. I am talking about that deep-down gritty character. Eventually, I figured out that the psychological aspect of CrossFit—the everyday success and overcoming these extreme challenges—made some of the tasks outside of the box less daunting.
(I could write an entire separate blog post about this, so I digress and will get back on point about how CrossFit just works.)
(The bald guy in the middle is the same bald guy below :)
The cool thing about CrossFit is that you don't need to know much about it or why you are doing it, just that in the long run good things will happen. All you have to do is follow the definition: Constantly Varied, Functional Movements, executed at High Intensity.
I learned that CrossFit has more to offer than just performance and psychological benefits. Our health markers were getting better. It was making positive changes in my life and in my friends’ lives. We were building a hedge against this dirty word called decrepitude. It means that my boys (and soon to be little girl) won't be putting me in a nursing home anytime soon. I fully intend to be doing CrossFit until I can no longer wrap my fingers around a bar. Everyone can do it. Everyone should do it.
I do it for more than a fitness program. There are not many fitness programs where you invite your "workout partners" to your son's first birthday party. You don’t ring in the New Year with the guy at the front desk of globo gym.
I read a shirt one time that said, "’I miss my globo gym!’ said no one ever!” It couldn’t be any truer than that! I am humbled to know I can be a part of group that has such a huge impact on people's lives—that CrossFit Strong is a motivating factor if they buy a house or choose a job, or is what they will miss most if they have to leave Dallas.
It is more than a fitness program and not all CrossFit boxes are created equal. The members and coaches have created something really special at CrossFit Strong, and that’s just one more reason why I continue to do CrossFit!
(This part of our fam-uh-lee and why I CrossFit at CrossFit Strong!!!!!!!!!!!)