2 July 2015
"Why do you do what you do?"
According to CrossFit phenom Rich Froning, this was the question that changed his life forever. It was the question that made him think about his entire lifestyle, where his motivation came from, and what sort of legacy he wanted to leave behind. According to Rich, this life-altering question is the reason he was able to win the Games. Then win them again. And again. And again. Yea, he's pretty amazing.
I bring this up because I just so happened to finish reading his book,; "First; What it Takes To Win". Of course this book goes into detail about each of his Games appearances and how he felt mentally, emotionally, physically during each event. That in itself is pretty darn exciting. However, my favorite chapters of the book were not about the Games. Of course I loved the one about mental toughness, and his emphasis on faith and family never failed to disappoint, but my absolute favorite was when he was talking about just plain CrossFit.
He wants to put emphasis on the CrossFit Games not being the end goal. He says: "CrossFit made the Games, the Games didn't make CrossFit". It's hard at this time of the year to remember that. There's nothing wrong with getting caught up in the Games; I mean what other sport can you watch and feel so connected to because you actually participate and can compare your numbers to your favorite pros, apples to apples? But it's important to remember why 99% of the CrossFit population does what they do; to get FIT.
Froning goes on to put emphasis on having a goal. He says that "looking good" is not an acceptable reason for starting CrossFit. If you are fit you'll look fit, but there has to be some other type of motivation to get you going.
So I want to start a conversation with our members; why do you do what you do? Did you come in here with the goal of just looking good or was it something else? If you did start with that goal, has it changed since you've been a part of this community?
3 Rounds For Total Time:
3 Cleans @ 195/135
150 M. Sprint
20 KBS (53/35)
Rest 2 Minutes
“The human body is an incredible machine, but most people only get out of that machine what their mind allows them to.”
― Rich Froning
Posted on Wed, July 1, 2015