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Some words of wisdom from Coach Hyatt…
One of the unwritten rules of CrossFit is to “Leave your ego at the door.” Now this is much easier said than done. Let’s face it, we all accomplish some pretty incredible things within the walls of this gym, and it’s hard not to let it get to our head. I know I’ve struggled with it, especially within the realm of competing against fellow members, or in outside competitions. There are times when I have gotten too caught up in beating the next person in the workout and forgotten why CrossFit has been such a big part of my life for over two years now. Sure, winning is great, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with pushing ourselves in healthy competition. But I know I’m losing my head a little bit when it becomes difficult to congratulate the guy next to me who just beat me in a workout. It’s in time like these that I need to step back, and remind myself how it’s more important that each and every one of us is here to support each other, and we’re all working towards that common goal: to improve our lives through fitness.
Now the word meekness is often misinterpreted as weakness. To be meek is to be humble, to get down to work without worrying about receiving the recognition and the glory. I think it actually takes more mental strength to demonstrate humility as opposed to arrogance. Personally, I have the most respect for the athletes, in any sport, who are humble and deflect the attention away from their own success and point to other sources who helped them get there, such as teammates, coaches, family, friends, etc.. CrossFit is definitely different from any other sport, but I think the same principle can apply. I know when I get too focused on doing everything for myself, I come up a little bit short, a little bit empty inside. That’s because as a community, we are a heck of a lot stronger together than we are as a group of individuals. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my fellow members and coaches in the gym, working with me and making me a better person, both inside and outside of CrossFit. Whether you have only been here for a few months, or you are a seasoned Burnt Toast competitor, we are all equal, and we’re all working towards the same thing. No one person is better than another.
I do want to make it clear that I am in no way demeaning anyone’s personal accomplishments. You’re the one who puts in the work, achieving feats of fitness you probably never thought you could do before. And you should get pumped up when you hit that PR, complete your first RX workout, or get your first pull up or muscle up! Except maybe next time we congratulate ourselves for a PR, we can remember to celebrate twice as hard when the person next to us achieves one of their goals. And If I ever don’t seem like I’m not practicing what I am preaching, please don’t be afraid to call me out!
I realize that this post does not apply to everyone, and everybody may not agree with it—I totally respect that. It is just a message that has become a part of me, through my own Christian faith…One last thing: another “unwritten rule” of CrossFit gyms is that there are no mirrors allowed. And this is one of my favorite aspects of a community like ours. If you need a mirror, it’s the person across from you, repping out those power snatches and going through the same pain that you are—because that’s what makes us strong.
Hollow Rock Challenge
Week 9 – 90
Low Bar Back Squat
-Between sets roll and stretch the quads
WOD (15 min hard cap)
Ascending ladder for time
Kettlebell swing (2,1.5)
Level 2- Ascending ladder through 10
Level 1- Ascending ladder through 8
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