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

7 comments (Add your own)

1. Michelle wrote:
I started CrossFit to ensure that as I age I have done my best to provide my body all the tools it needs to recover from an injury or illness. A fighting chance if you will.

Thu, July 2, 2015 @ 6:19 AM

2. Dana S. wrote:
To have something challenging to accomplish and to feel proud of myself. To be part of a team of athletes again. To LOVE working out and not dread it. To have a community of friends that like the same things I do. To prove all the people wrong that told me everything goes down hill once you hit 30. I'm healthier and fitter now than when I was 20! The list is endless...

Thu, July 2, 2015 @ 6:32 AM

3. Steve L wrote:
So many reasons, two big ones are ages 4 and 6. I want to be keeping up with them in 10-20 years. That may have been part of the reason to get started but it's become just challenging myself, finding my limits and pushing on them. It feels good to feel good!

Thu, July 2, 2015 @ 7:47 AM

4. Steph wrote:
I started CrossFit because I needed something different. I was sick of having to drag myself to the gym to run on the treadmill and work on the machines all by myself. Boring! CrossFit has made me excited about working out and has allowed me to be a part of a team again, not for the sport of soccer or basketball, etc, but for the sport of FITNESS. So, thank you all for being my teammates and my motivation!

Thu, July 2, 2015 @ 9:54 AM

5. Lisa wrote:
It's a long one! haha:
I initially started coming to CrossFit as a means to try to keep myself fit and strong so that I could be a stronger, better runner. Or least to try and maintain what I had, rather than lose it via the aging process. I’d say this plan has worked just fine! I ran a 15K race in May and my time was 5½ minutes faster than it was when I ran it the year before, pre CrossFit. In addition to CrossFit helping with my running goals, I now work at being better and stronger at the CrossFit work itself. But all of it would not be much without the people. I find that the majority of runners and crossfitters are self-disciplined, self-motivated lovers of life and those are the people I like to surround myself with.

Thu, July 2, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

6. Dana wrote:
Whoa. I love reading these comments, keep 'em coming!

Thu, July 2, 2015 @ 4:10 PM

7. STEVE wrote:
I started because I was at a point in my life where I knew that without a lifestyle change, I wouldn't be around for my grandchildren. I had started losing weight just by eating Paleo, but I knew that exercise had to be in the mix. The tread mill at Groton fitness club wasn't doing it. Michelle finally convinced me to try CrossFit and it has changed my life. Now i cannot picture my life without CrossFit.

Thu, July 2, 2015 @ 4:29 PM

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