Coaches Corner…With Coach Geoff
“What we do in life, echoes in eternity”
If your familiar with the quote above then you know it came from one of the best movies ever made, “Gladiator” and if you ask me I can see a lot of similarities between the film and CrossFit. For most of us 5,000 square feet and one hour a day is all that separates us from the “norm” of everyday life. CFNE is our Colosseum where we go day after to day to challenge ourselves physically and mentally.
In “Gladiator” all the odds were stacked against him, yet he never complained, never retreated and went into battle with one thing on his mind, to win. I know we’re all guilty of looking at a WOD, and before we step foot into the gym we start feeling sorry for ourselves. We begin to think all the odds are stacked against us and getting through this will be absolute torture. We sit at our desks all day catching ourselves thinking how am I going to get through this, contemplating if we should go suffer through it, or take a rest day? “Over a mile of running, “Karen” and 150 box jumps!! NO WAY, I’ll make up for it tomorrow by doing some extra stuff in the back room.” Then you hear that little voice in the back of your head saying, just go! Embrace the Suck for thirty minutes and you’ll feel better after.
You shut that voice out, you don’t give in and you walk into our Collosseum ready to tackle what seemed like an impossible task just a few hours ago. You have made the decision to become better right then and there, you have already won ½ the battle now it’s time to test your limits, suck it up and get the job done.
Similar to the title above I’m a firm believer that what we do today, sets the tone for tomorrow. Everyday we challenge ourselves and strive to be better then we were yesterday. Believe me when I tell you this, it’s OK if you don’t PR every time you’re at CFNE or you missed that goal by a few minutes. Everyone has off days; even the most elite CrossFit athletes don’t PR every time they touch a barbell. The big difference that separates them from us is that they don’t make excuses. They “HTFU”, they find the positive in a tough situation and come back the next day ready to kick some ass.
We don’t fold when things get tough at home or at work, and we surely don’t ever quit mid-WOD. Remember its ok if we get knocked down but it’s what you do next that defines who you really are. You can take the easy way out or you can crawl to your feet, stand up, take a deep breath and move forward.
Do me a favor next time you feel yourself struggling mid-way through a WOD or you find yourself having an off day. Find the positive in what you are doing in that very moment or what you just accomplished when you are done. No matter how off you are from a PR, or how heavy that barbell felt today, you can always find a positive in a tough situation; you just have to look deep within yourself.