Sunday, December 5, 2010

Why do you crossfit?

Lately, we've posted a question upon the whiteboard at the box with the title of "why do you crossfit" and have received a decent amount of feedback and some truly interesting answers.

Think about it, why do you crossfit? This really isn't as easy of an answer as you think.

Why do you walk through that doorway 3, 4, 5 times a week (sometimes more) and put your mind and body to the tests of human capability only to finish lying in a puddle of your own sweat and feeling as if you have just chested a grenade? No one in their right mind would actually agree that this sounds like an enjoyable experience, but maybe, we crossfitters are a tad bit "out" of our minds when it comes to the welfare of our own physical health.

Maybe it's because of this reason that we don't cringe at the idea of lifting a barbell containing half of our own body weight overhead...then squatting it...for 10 reps.

Maybe it's why we don't back down from the thought of doing 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 squats all for time rather than breaking them up into 3 workouts...over 3 days.

Maybe it's why we aren't afraid to go against what's "popular" and try a diet that's 20,000 years old...and like it.

Maybe we are a little bit crazy. Maybe we do have a few screws loose.

But maybe that's why we look and feel the way we do. Why confidence comes so easily to us. Why life seems so simple outside of the box. Why stress, sickness and disease seem to be a fading image in our rear view.

In this case, I'm glad I'm a little bit crazy. I'm glad I'm a crossfitter.

Crossfit is more than just a fitness program to me. It has shaped my mind, my body and my life and I am ever so grateful. It has brought me unbelievable gains both mentally and physically and through it, I have developed amazing relationships with even more amazing people. Crossfit is a way of life. It's my way of life and it's me.

So, take a minute to really think about why YOU crossfit and let it be known. Feel free to post your thoughts and answers to the comment board.


  1. I think you summed it perfectly when you said "life seems so simple outside of the box." I'm a firm believer that the mental gains you achieve through CrossFit outweigh the physical gains by far and carry over to all other aspects of your life. So that is why I CrossFit - to make everything else in life a little bit easier.

    Liking the new blog dude. Clever title, sick picture.... keep pumping out awesome stuff for us.

  2. I've never once walked away from a WOD and thought, "That was easy." Every day that I walk into the box I know that I am about to take part in a one-on-one battle with myself. It doesn't matter who else there is better/worse/equivelent to me, it matters that I finish every WOD knowing that I pushed MYSELF as hard as I could, beyond the point of exhaustion and quitting and often into new PR's. When falling short of a desired time/weight it leaves you pissed off/hungry for the next chance to achieve it. When you do achieve it, you're very happy, but never fully satisfied, because you're already thinking about what you can do next to surpass it.
    Ultimately, I CrossFit because it makes me a better me.