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This CrossFit World of Ours

justthe5pmmore5pmmancrushSome days, I don’t even know how to describe what goes on at CrossFit. Look at this first photo. So many beautiful women — of all ages, shapes, and sizes – about start a barbell and box jump workout. They’re about to throw down and go deep into some kind of darkness . . . and learn so much about themselves and their capabilities, the illusions of their limitations, the boundaries of their hearts and souls.

Tell me, where the heck else is this going on? Where else are women in this town learning every single day how powerful and amazing they are? This isn’t babying or primping or pacifying –  this is real s*** right here. In the words of The Talking Heads: “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin’ around.”

And then look at the next photo: David being so powerful and Rich — an almost 60-year-old man — who looks so damn good he can box jump with his shirt off!

Then, we have Barry and Derek, engaged in some kind of battle in the corner: financial planner vs. Marine. Every day, they look forward to pushing each other as far as they can. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!

And we don’t even see Brian or Mikey or all of Matt in these photos. Or the folks warming up for the next heat.

And that’s just one class — ONE crazy 5pm class yesterday. It was packed — we had to run two heats — and nobody wanted to leave. It was life — in our own hands — a grand spectacle of human heart and accomplishment — right before our eyes. The noise filtering out to the parking lot through the open windows was amazing. There was no mistaking it — a different breed of people were emerging in this space. You could see it, hear it, feel it. Absolutely amazing. And that was just one class.

What fantastic things you do here, no matter the weight on the bar or the height of the jump. Everybody going to their limits. Everyone pushing themselves to find the edges of their abilities and reach beyond. It’s not enough here to do good enough. You have to find the place where there is no more in you, where you’ve fallen over the edge, where only your soul holds you up, where your muscles and your lungs have truly reached their limits. And then you come back to do it all again the next day. You all dig so deep. You all make me so proud every single day. You all rock.

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Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Lauren -- success is tough! But good. Keep the faith and rely on your buddies. You guys are doing great work down there at Shoreline -- folks come through our doors all the time because someone they know is loving Shoreline or Milford! So, big thanks to you guys!

LP
LP

Great post, Lisbeth. Makes me realize that rather than getting stressed during larger classes, I need to sit back and watch what has been created at our affiliate. Thanks for the perspective....

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

And, Nate, I knew you would notice that!

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

HOLY COW, K! I only got 12 + on today's WOD (nooner) and I did 65lb OHS (same 1 pood KB). All but 1 set of OHS unbroken. Probably should have gone heavier but I didn't know how my suddenly misbehaving elbow would hold up. Now I want to do it again, but heavier. Omg, I am so down with the sickness. And, yes, nighttime class people -- be afraid, be VERY afraid! Today's WOD is a soul-sucker! Bring it bigtime or go cry to your mama!

jen
jen

You can try K...but I can run fast!

K
K

Great post Lis! I <3 cfw... however, for just a moment- I wanted to kill Jen today lol @ David- good job homey.. yeah, that was tough but tons of fun!!!! def a great job by everyone! I ended up with 13 + 3 OHS(95#)(35# kb).. NEXT TIME I WANT 15!!!!

David Kirk
David Kirk

Last night was so much fun. It's funny, Barry, you and Derek were racing, I was just trying to get through the Box jumps as fast as I could because I knew that Rich needed the bar. Thanks to Rich for making me step up my game and add the plates to the 20" box. Today it did feel like only my soul was holding me through the WOD. We don't often do the type of WOD we did today (I don't want to be a spoiler), and it has been a long time since I thought of dropping the kettle bell on my foot so I could get a DNF from injury rather than pussing out, but I kept persevering. I saw my wife banging out the reps and I saw K knocking them out too. I did not want her to lap me, though she probably did so I kept moving and I did make it throguh. The 10am class rocked and today's WOD really tested me. Thanks Jen and the coaches for the programming.

Rich
Rich

5 pm'ers rocked the building last night (as usual) what an amazing group of people at ALL work-outs!!! You're right Lis, for anyone reading this blog. You want to get fit and strong? "This is REAL Shi*" "The Derek & Barry Show" You guys are monsters!!!

Nathan
Nathan

One of those images is titled "man crush". It is not my place to say which. Good times at CFW.

Beery
Beery

Last night was cool because there was no overall time or rep number for the workout so Derek and I got to have 8 mini-races. @David Kirk - That's a pretty bad ass looking photo. PS, I signed up for the 6:00 tonight because it's most likely the time I'll be there but I'm gunning for 5:00 if all goes well.

Chris
Chris

Wow. Fantastic words and an amazing photo from behind the rings!