Over the years, the CrossFit For Glory family has seen a lot of people pass through its doors. Some have stood the test of time and have been with us from the start. Others have left us for various reason but returned “home.” The last group are those that have been relocated due to job changes. Regardless, everyone leaves their own special mark.
Well, tonight (Tuesday) was another one of those nights. Many of you have known for quite some time that Chuck’s days with the CFG family were limited as he decided to take a post overseas in London. Chuck, you have been a constant fixture at CFG for longer than I can remember and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we will miss seeing your face and being in your presence. I will refrain from getting too sappy, but leave you readers with this – Chuck told me that he will be back. And he’s a man of his word. He also left me an incredibly thoughtful “Thank You” card that he said he wanted me to share with everyone. Enjoy:
“What does CrossFit For Glory mean to me? It means more than anything I’ll ever put down on paper, but I’ll take my chances.
CrossFit For Glory means family, trust, and determination. Many people focus on the end goal – how fit am I, how fit am I going to be? Instead, they should focus on the process – trust in the process that the CrossFit For Glory family has developed, tested, and retested. Trust that the CrossFit For Glory team shares your determination to test your fitness and is committed to aid your pursuit of it. CrossFit in and of itself is nothing without family, trust and determination. The act of discovery empowers us to undertake the feats we pursue within these walls. Discovery, pursuit, and accomplishment are all achievable through the process – you just need to buy in.
I bought in after burning myself out behind a desk and sweating in a globo gym with people more concerned with their form than function. My days of fieldwork were behind me, as were my days in a tight knit team buttressed by camaraderie and trust. I needed something to put me back on track. My first workout at CrossFit For Glory was a couplet of heavy thrusters and over-the-bar burpees. To say that I learned a little humility that day would be an understatement. Along with that humility though came a sense of pride and accomplishment. Pride that I pushed past the mental and physical barriers I imposed on myself. I’ve been hooked ever since and to say that Josh hasn’t made a measurable, palatable difference in my life would be outright criminal.
For the CrossFit For Glory family, don’t let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You have to dream. You do whatever you have to do to protect that dream. Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you’ve lived so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you’ve failed by default. What is most important is that you have to dig deep, deep down and ask yourself – ‘Who do YOU want to be, not what but who,’ and then have the will and determination to go out and become that person.
To Josh, I’ll you how great you are – greatness is displayed through actions not words, by the relationships you cultivate in those around you and the dreams you inspire in the process. Let me be clear, cheerleading while appreciated, is not coaching, and your love and dedication to coaching is unmatched. I can’t thank you enough for the positive impact you’ve had on my life. Know that what you do matters. It is more than a business. It is more than a recreational activity. It is a way of life.
Family, trust, and determination.”
12min to 1RM of the Complex –
1 Push Press + 1 Push Jerk + 1 Split Jerk
(first movement MUST be a push press…you know who you are!)
Front Rack OR Overhead Positioning
In honor of Chuck’s first WOD with us –
4 rounds for total working time of:
8 Hang Squat Clean to Thrusters (135/95)
12 Burpee Over-the-Bar
16 KB Swings (53/35)
**20 minute time cap