Famous Last Words

Lisbeth CrossFit, Essays

“That doesn’t look too bad.”

These are famous last words in CrossFit, but you just don’t realize it when you say them. You’re just reading the workout on the whiteboard and letting words run out of your mouth. In your head, you’re a badass and this is just another workout, right?

Wrong. “That doesn’t look too bad” almost always translates (post-WOD) into “HolyfuckthatwasawfulwhatthehellwasIthinking?” At least, if you go hard. (And, if you’re not going hard for you, what are you doing in the gym?) That is, you realize these things after you can function again and you don’t feel like emptying everything you ever ate in your entire life onto the mat. 

But when you say those words the first time? “That doesn’t look too bad” — well, you’re really not sure of what you’re saying. We get that. We’ve all been there.

Other famous last words you may be uttering pre-WOD:

“I got this.”


“What do you mean ‘Go light?’ I can tear this shit up.”

You will probably not repeat these words, if you’re smart. If you’re stupid (like me) you will utter them all a ridiculous number of times before you realize you’re an idiot,  and that silence is your friend.

We all need a good chuckle before 3-2-1-Go!


Lisbeth CrossFit, Essays

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