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Posts from the ‘Essays’ Category

Getting Past The Pain

I didn't touch a barbell for five days. I lost seven pounds, but that lightness certainly didn't come from sweating anything except life's unexpected turns.

No workouts. No lifting. Not even an air squat. I didn't do my daily bend-and-bows. No stretching for my wonky SI joint. My stick for the Burgener warm-up sat in the corner, gathering dust.

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Are All Opinions Good?

Everyone has an opinion. And some opinions are bad or ill-informed or should simply be ignored by those with more brain cells.

The fact that we can all be publishers now on the Internet is both a wonderful and a horrible thing.  Just because someone hits the "Enter" key doesn't make them worth listening to. Just because someone has a blog doesn't make them an expert. Just because someone typed it does not make it true.

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What You Take On

What you take on. You decide this every day of your life. Every day. Whether you want to admit it or not.

You listen, you accept, you internalize. Good and bad, but all consuming of your time in some way. Your time.

You only get so much time, you know.

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The Economic Power of the CrossFit Community

In late 2008, CrossFit wasn't so well known. We had less than 1,000 affiliates worldwide, and the CrossFit Games had only been held twice and were still on the Castro Ranch in Aromas, CA.  
So it wasn't a shocker when the Hyatt Regency in Austin, TX didn't seem keen on hosting a gathering of CrossFit affiliates that coming February. CrossFit was a little rougher back then, and we were kind of viewed as outlaw fitness. But we were used to hesitation and rejection.
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How Well Can You Move?

"It's not about what you can get. It's about how well you can move."

My coach (Jeff) said this in class while coaching another member, but he was spot on for all of us.

On a hang power clean. On a squat. On a push-up.

On your job. On love. On your entire life.

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