We are CrossFitters. We choose CrossFit over other exercise programming because we value functional movement first and foremost. We are not fooled by the marketing ploys of supplement companies or useless novelty home exercise equipment peddlers. We know that the only path to achieve our goals is through honest hard work performed on a consistent basis.
CrossFit is hard work. Our workouts are not easy – hell, our warm-ups are not easy. The physical and psychological demands of CrossFit workouts are much higher than those of any other workout we have ever done in a local globo-gym or personal training studio. To say “I am a CrossFitter” is to proclaim an unwavering commitment to working hard every time we hit a WOD.
We are not strangers to the notion of hard work. We allow ourselves to experience discomfort, in fact, we demand this of ourselves every time we hear the words “3,2,1 GO!” We embrace every opportunity to improve our technique, and expand upon our functional movement skill sets. Squat holds during our warm-ups are not viewed as inconveniences to be endured. We don’t check out and go somewhere else for the 10 seconds we are holding the bottom of the squat position. We hold the bottom of the squat with authority. We own the squat. If we do not have the midline stability or hip mobility to stay upright through the torso during the squat, WE FIGHT FOR POSITION and work through the entire 10 seconds to get better at the squat. We know that good technique does not happen by mistake. Practice and hard work are our allies in the quest to achieve Elite Fitness.
To be a successful CrossFitter requires dedication and commitment to our core values of hard work in the gym and responsible living outside of the gym. Success in a CrossFit workout is not defined by our WOD times. Success is defined by our adherence to the movement standards of each exercise in every workout when the shit hits the fan and the work rate exceeds our current work capacity. Enter intensity.
Intensity is not screaming and yelling when things get difficult.
Intensity is not sweat angels on the ground at the end of a WOD.
Intensity is not Back Squatting 415lbs through ¼ range of motion.
Intensity IS the culmination of properly performed functional movement at a high power output. That is, intensity is defined by the ability to do more work in less time.
MORE WORK IN LESS TIME.
Purposely lightening our workloads, just for the sake of getting a better WOD time only leads to the avoidance of intensity. There is a baseline strength to weight ratio that is required for many of the Functional Movements we utilize in our workouts. We know that functional movements do not reward those who carry unnecessary extra body mass. Not only does carrying around excess body mass increase our risk for many health problems including heart disease, it also vastly limits our ability to correctly perform functional movements.
Functional movements are not unobtainable activities that only a select few people can do. These are movements that have been chosen specifically because the human body is meant to perform them. Pushing, pulling, running, jumping, squatting and lunging are all functional movements that directly transfer into real world scenarios. We owe it to ourselves to strive to achieve as many of these functional movements as possible.
We embrace the concept of scaling the workload in a functional movement in order to allow ourselves, the CrossFit athletes, to complete said movement with the correct technique. We also simultaneously strive to gain the strength and technique necessary to have the ability to perform prescribed workloads. This concept is best illustrated when applied to bodyweight exercises such as pull-ups and pushups.
To be a CrossFitter is to embrace personal accountability and to strive for physical independence. Strength to weight ratio will ultimately dictate who is capable of doing these body weight functional movements. An inability to pull or push our own bodyweight is a lack of physical independence. We strive to eliminate these shortcomings in our fitness. We get stronger when necessary AND we lose excess bodyweight when necessary. We know that we can have results or we can have excuses. We can’t have both – we don’t want both. We expect results so we eliminate our excuses.
We have all the training tools and support necessary to achieve our goals. At the end of the day, we know that no one can do the work for us to get the results we demand. It is up to each and every one of us to employ the high level of personal accountability that comes with the proclamation: “I am a CrossFitter”.
As CrossFitters, we train for one goal — increased function. In doing so, our bodies are forged into lean, strong, capable examples of the human form. Diet must support this transformation, but not in the sense that most people think of the word. Our diets fuel our workouts. We are much less interested in restricting calories as we are in improving the quality of our caloric intake. If what we put in our mouths does not support increased function, we are wasting our time in the gym. Success as a CrossFitter boils down to one core principal – PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE. This accountability must be applied both in and out of the gym.
We choose CrossFit because it works. We choose the path of hard work and personal accountability because the promise of elite fitness awaits those of us who adhere to the training and lifestyle choices that define CrossFit. CrossFit is not easy. We are not interested in what is easy. WE ARE CROSSFITTERS.