The Day Before Christmas at CrossFit Breaux Bridge
(Read to the cadence of the epic poem “Twas the Night before Christmas”)
Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the gym,
CrossFitters were working, and not on a whim;
Their fearless leader, had fashioned a WOD;
And he exhorted his charges, “Do Rx, Not Mod!”
The warm up was finished, and all were now ready,
Their muscles were twitching, their pulses were steady;
The clock was then set, and ready for countdown,
All eyes were transfixed; all thoughts were now spellbound;
The seconds hit zero. The tones were completing.
The WOD had begun; each member competing.
Bars were now lifted and weights were sent flying;
Some started out fast! (They soon would be dying!).
Some sounds were now rising, like grunting and groaning,
Others were breathless, still others were moaning;
Our leader had likened the WOD to 12 gifts;
Full of pushing and pulling and jumping and lifts!
Go Jordy and Holly and Corey and Kristen!
Go Kevin and Stephen and Brison and Kristian!
From a full knee bend squat to a full extend thruster,
Bodies were churning with all they could muster.
From hand stands to presses to pull ups and ring dips,
To box jumps and Burpees and front squats with deep hips,
Each member was hustling, to each station they flew,
With Joshua watching and coaching them too!
He watched them with interest, his trained eyes how they twinkled,
And when bad form was seen, his nose it would crinkle!
His gestures were helpful, his comments uplifting,
The members responded with good form and weight-shifting.
The WOD was half over, CrossFitters were sweating,
With no end in plain sight, some even were fretting!
Their faces were red, from foreheads sweat poured;
Some nearly passed out; some others were floored!
But each one would then rally, and find new conviction,
Eyes stinging with sweat; hands burning from friction!
They worked on in silence; no one was now speaking,
The music was blaring. The WOD was now peaking.
Once 12 Thrusters were reached, they all counted down,
They just wanted to end this and stop and fall down!
Each one, they then finished; sweat angels they made,
They recaptured breathing and to Josh they then bade:
Who thought up this WOD? Did they think it all through?!
“It’s Christmas” they shouted! Who made this up, Scrooge?!
He watched them intently and gave a low whistle,
“It wasn’t THAT bad! Well, maybe the pistols!”
He then cracked a smile and said with a turn,
“It’s true, it is Christmas, but it’s no time to Sherm!
And we heard him exclaim as he got back to business,
“Just wait till what’s next, the day after Christmas!!!!!!”
My mom and I were having a conversation the other day which involved CrossFit. Surprise. But it made me begin thinking about why we talk about CrossFit so much. I realized the reason we are always talking about CrossFit is because of how we define “talking about CrossFit.” If you have ever attempted to explain what CrossFit is to someone you have had some experience with what I am talking about. After giving it a little thought I came to the conclusion that reason we talk so much about CrossFit is because it is genuinely holistic. CrossFit has something to say about nearly every facet of your life. Think about it. How you sleep, how you eat, how you stand, sit, squat. How many times to chew, how to avoid stress, where to get your coffee, the best shoes, the best shirts, the best shorts, the list goes on and on. I believe that it is this fact that makes CrossFit “outsiders” feel like we are a club, or some have used the term “cult” intending to be derogatory. However, after thinking a little more about it, I think I have a better explanation.
If you have ever heard me talk about about CF you have heard me say that at the end of the day CrossFit is about performance, namely human performance, and even more specifically, your performance. CrossFit has simplistically linked fitness to performance even so far as to make them synonymous. When we think about it, it makes absolute sense. But before Glassman defined it, this wasn’t the case. Try to think back of what you thought about when you heard the word “fitness” prior to coming in contact with CrossFit. For probably 99% of us, being “fit” was purely an aesthetic quality. ie “Look at her….she’s so fit.” Many of you now are more like, “Hey, let’s do a WoD:)” (Yes I have made the smiley face a legitimate punctuation mark.) We have come to realize: 1. That looks can be deceiving and 2. That it’s far better to be able to do shit and be healthy and in the process look good, than to just look like you are able to do shit. But I digress.
So if CrossFit is about performance, and the maximization of it, then we begin to look at all the factors that influence performance:
- Injury and treatment
and so on…..
Wow. If we broke down what each of those things entail, we see it’s a LARGE part of your life. Especially 1,2,&3.
Simplified, CrossFit is about performance. Performance and fitness are the same. There are many factors that affect performance and comprise a large portion of your daily activities. CrossFit has recommendations for each one of these factors. We often talk about our daily activities….and the big THEREFORE….we are often talking about CrossFit:)
Did I tidy that up well?
Aristotelian some might say.
So the point of it all is to realize that this is a holistic program that involves many areas of your life. It’s why people say it’s a lifestyle. But really it’s simply because performance is a lifestyle. Weight Watchers is a lifestyle. If you are going to run around counting up points and logging them on the internet every time you eat, there will be a lifestyle change. Football players have a lifestyle. Baseball players have a lifestyle. Martial artists have a lifestyle. CFBB has a lifestyle.
So all of this is to help you understand and combat the idea that there is somehow something wrong with having an opinion on what is good for you. Be strong, be proud, and turn up!