"As long as you're not going down, you're going up."
My coach (Jenny) said this in the 6am class to a tall gentleman who thought he had paused too long in the bottom of his back squat. Jenny wasn't trying to be profound -- she was just trying to be helpful -- but in that moment she was both.
If it was just a snapshot—one moment, one place, one scene in time—you all would look like a "normal" family.
Two small children walking towards the playground, one mom trailing behind as the boys kick off their sandals and race through the sand, sprinting towards the playscape.
But life isn't a snapshot. Life is a video -- and the camera never stops rolling.
The boys reach the warren of tunnels and chutes and ladders. They each slide down. Once. Then they spend the rest of their time climbing on top of the tunnels or climbing up the slide, their bare feet slipping on...Read more
People have a fear of missing out.
They chase information all day long, worrying that they won't know the latest controversy, the latest outrage, the latest gossip, the latest unkind word, the latest meaningless piece of drivel that matters not now nor ever, but which society is constantly, relentlessly shoving into our minds via every communication device possible -- internet, tv, radio, whatever. About the only thing that doesn't happen is direct streaming into our heads and there's probably somebody working on that project right now.
I'm a little sick of it all ... but at the same time, I agree.
People should...Read more
"I heard that place is a shoebox."
A friend said this to me recently in reference to a new affiliate I was planning to visit. She meant no harm or insult, just an expression of the small size of the place. Still, it struck me as to how things have changed so much in the CrossFit world since 2007.
Today, 10,000-square-foot CrossFit gyms are becoming common, and it's not unheard of to find an affiliate in 15,000 SF with 15 platforms and enough pull-up bars to host a small army of athletes. So a place that is only 3,000 SF? That's considered...Read more
"I don't care about intent. I care about effect."
Someone said this to me the other day, and it stayed with me. The basic truth here pertains to our efforts in the gym, to our interactions at work, and to our personal relationships with family, friends, and lovers.
How many times do we find ourselves staring at the wreckage of life and saying, "But I meant well" or "I really wanted that to go right"?
It doesn't matter what your intent was if you flipped the car. The results are still bruises and dents and scars and changed lives.
It doesn't matter that you didn't...Read more