The CrossFit Games are here, and I encourage all of you to take some of it in. This sport, and the community that surrounds it, is really really incredible. Nearly everything that we do in the gym will be on display for the entire world to see, so if you’re trying to explain to friends or family exactly what kind of crazy stuff you do, just have them tune in. It’s available on ESPN3; find details here.
And keeping with the theme of what to say when people ask you about CrossFit, I bring you this post courtesy of CrossFit Salvation:
“The last few days of travel have been quite exhilarating and rather eye opening for me. You see, I recently travelled across the US, as I quite frequently do, and was again wearing my normal travel get up of vibrams, skins and a mildly offensive t-shirt. Of course this draws attention because I can see the snickering of people as the chuckle at the latest “worded” sock I use or, the way my feet look in a pair of vibram five fingers. Heck, they even look at me funny when I might do air squats in the airport or in the back of the airplane.
What amazes me even more is when I was with my kids doing burpees, tuck jumps and then squat jumps with them on my back, the looks of joy that people got just thinking I was being a crazy dad. What was even better was the look of embarrassment on my kids faces because we were right in the middle of the airport. It is these moments that I choose to share my passion for CrossFit with the world.
You see, I LOVE CrossFit. I LOVE the community. I LOVE sharing CrossFit with just about everyone I meet. In fact, on this trip alone, i think i referred at least 10-15 people to boxes in their area because I like to do my research on boxes and meet the owners as often as I can. I love to see what people are doing, who they are working with and of course what the community of that box is like.
I CHOOSE to share CrossFit because I know it works for EVERYONE. And as I have said before, I don’t believe everyone is for CrossFit, but CrossFit IS FOR EVERYONE. In some of the discussions that came up over the last few days, i met endurance athletes, US Swim team coaches, globo Gym members (met on the street in Washington DC). I had people stop me and ask me in the parking lot today where my gym was because of the advertising on the back of the car.
People want and need CrossFit. Why? Because it represents so much more than fitness. It now represents a way of life, a philosphy of living, a method of going against the grain. In a nation where obesity is on the rise, there are those of us out here who are doing battle with the TV, the Comfort Zone and all of the other stuff out there that helps obesity rise.
When people ask about CrossFit, I have had so many people tell me they don’t know what to say. So here is what I tell people as I am out and about offending the world and defending the galaxy of fitness:”
4 Squat Snatches
8 Ring Dips
12 KB Swings (53/35)