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CrossFit: The New Truth Serum

I really thought about it last night: the Q word. Quitting. Stopping. Saying “No mas.”

Somewhere in the second round of “D.T.”, I thought “Just stop. It hurts too much. Say you’re too old. Too tired. It doesn’t feel right.”

In all the CrossFit workouts I’ve done over the last three years, none make me want to quit as much as D.T. I could deadlift until the proverbial paleo cows come home, but the hang power clean is my nemesis, and the push jerk is its brother. I’d rather full squat clean everything — and the push jerk wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t have to come back down. But it does. And it crushes me.

But who would I be if I quit? Who would I be if I just sat down and watched the others march deeper into the fight, the pain, the struggle — and I left them? How would I feel when they emerged on the other side — tired, but happy, and triumphant?

I would be a lesser person. And I can’t have that.

If I give up here, I’ll give up in other parts of life. If I fail to do my best here, I will fail when other people need my best.

CrossFit is like life: Either you’re someone who sees things through to the end, no matter how difficult or painful or hard — or you’re a quitter. Or a cheater. Or a liar. CrossFit can show your true colors in 15 mins with a barbell and a stopwatch.

The Japanese have an old belief that you have to see someone drunk to witness their true colors, but I think we have something better. Watch someone CrossFit: It’s the ultimate truth serum.

Decide who you want to be in life — and show that person to us on the gym floor. It really is that simple. Don’t just tell us the truth. Show us.

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Jason M Struck
Jason M Struck

Lisbeth! True. I thank god every day for the first time I stepped into a ring (chinese kick boxing) with a guy that DIDN'T want me to succeed. I got the shit kicked out of me that day, and it was 'the first day of the rest of my life'! I thank god for my first year of Judo, when I got thrown on my head, should, back and butt dozens of times every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night. Rarely getting to return the favor to any of my training partners. I thank god for BJJ, that showed me that my ground game, though decent compared to some judoka, wasn't shit. Finally, I thank Crossfit. For making me have experiences like this every week. Still. I have been doing O lifts, KBs and other crap for years. I have been running an affiliate for over a year. In spite of all this experience, knowledge or expertise, I still have workouts on a regular basis that remind me of how much further I have to go before I don't suck. Every time I face the decision of whether or not to remain mediocre, and I make the right one, I am so glad that I found Crossfit, and more importantly that I have the opportunity to share it! I sincerely hope that all I do is get lots of people to try this, so that they too have that 'truth serum' moment. Thanks Lisbeth, great post! Jason Struck Full Circle

becky
becky

I love all the visitors posting on our site! Super fun! Thanks for all the great comments everyone!

Dave Eagle
Dave Eagle

Great post!! I train at Crossfit Fire in Lakemoor, IL with Jennie & Bill Yundt and Zach Mitchell. They teach us to push through the suck, to soldier on with our fellow Crossfitters, and to emerge victorious on the other side of every workout we do. And I couldn't agree more, what you do at Crossfit carries over to every other aspect of your life. Again, great post!!

Chris
Chris

Hmm. I had a meeting lined up at 5:00, but I can't pass up a Rockstar WOD. The Joint Chiefs can wait.

Nathan
Nathan

Sue beat me to it, but yeah, Becky... you are one badass chic! You dug deep, and it was amazing. To me, something like that is so much more meaningful and impressive than a 2 minute Fran or whatever (though a 2 minute fran is pretty damn impressive too). I was ready to swoop in for post workout hug - you looked like you needed one - but Barry had it covered and he is bigger than me. Rock on. Otherwise, I am with Mike - my wrists didn't like that. Now by any means I am not saying the weight was not an issue (oh, it was), but damn, I was having some serious grip issues on them HPC's!

Kirk
Kirk

Rich, I'm with you. I blew my back out once doing hang power cleans. Something about that quick jerking motion that kills me. But, because of CrossFit, my back has been great (knock on wood). See you all soon and I'm disappointed I missed last night's classes...they sounded great.

Jason Lyons
Jason Lyons

Wow! Lisbeth, you will find me frequenting your board with little blurbs like this. I am going to post a link on our blog for others to read as it is SO true. Keep it up girl! BTW, with 155, this workout is a beast for me.

Jill
Jill

great post Lis! fyi - your "Bring on the Suck" essay has made it onto our swimming bulletin board - with proper credit to you, of course. We spent 7 weeks training for the first meet (which is a long time) and the mental state of the girls was shot. Thanks for always finding the right way to communicate!

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Oooooh. Rockstar at 5. I might have to jump into that class!

ROCKSTAR
ROCKSTAR

Who's joining the Rockstar for 5pm wod?

Rich
Rich

Good Job LIS!!! I'm sorry I missed "D.T." last night. That's one of my favorites. That's the one that blew-out my back doing it with Melissa at the old place. Remember Lance Armstrong's take on things that are tough. "Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever"

Chris
Chris

Thanks, David. Like Lis, HPCs and I don't get along very well, but I stuck with it (mostly one at a time by the end) with your and Jen's encouragement.

David
David

I battle with "I can't" all the time and the "please let me get injured or drop a weight on my foot so I won't have to quit, but can bow out." Like Sue, I talk to the voices and tell them to shove it. I may be crazy, because I like DT. There are others that are far worse for me that bring me to contemplation of the Q word just at their appearance on the board (I will not say which they are because I know they will then appear). "But who would I be if I quit?" I love the accountability and the self reflection that come as a result of crossfitting. You guys with me in the wod and the coaches yelling at me get me through so I don't have to find out. I'm sorry that I missed Becky gutting it out yesterday, Chris did a great job of it at the nooner.

becky
becky

Thanks to everyone who cheered me on last night. I was in a bad place (right there on the brink of quitting). But everyone stood there and cheered me on. Without last night's class I would not have gotten through it. You just can't quit when you have 10 people giving up their time to cheer you on. That is what makes Crossfit special - and our Crossfit EXTRA SPECIAL!

mike s.
mike s.

Lis, You once asked about our least favorite workouts and I didn't have an answer. I do now. That sucked. I had to fight off those "just stop" thoughts too. Also, i wasn't releasing the bar on every clean because my grip was shot and i was just trying to hang on to the bar. My wrists are very unhappy with me. So what's up for tonight?

sueloz
sueloz

I had a shitty,shitty week of WODs last week and by Sunday I was literally in tears...but I watched Becky last night and was remined of how it should be. She gutted it out until she was dead on her feet. In her I found inspiration. I told the voice in my head to shove it, and I thought of Becks as I powered through DT last night. Thanks woman, for reminding me of what CF is all about. Timely words Lisbeth...you have a magical way of saying what we're all thinking.

Pamela
Pamela

Great words, Lis. DT is awful but that's why I like it. Having to clean the bar to get my second set of PJs in on each round last night was miserable, especially after the 9 HPCs and whatever PJs preceded it. WODs like that are a gut check.

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