Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. – Napoleon Bonaparte.
I like goals. I like setting them, planning my path to accomplish them and I like achieving them. Actually, I enjoy crushing them. They have to challenge me. I want the goals I set for myself to be ones that exhaust my body and mind. I even want my goals to be a little risky to accomplish. When I set a goal, I want to know accomplishing it will not be easy.
I want the same for you. I want you to know what it is like to accomplish things you do not think are possible… every day.
To write a time on our board, with no caveats, no scaling, and/or no asterisks, means you did our workout the way we programmed it. It means you’ve worked hard to build up to the CrossFit Wilmington loads and difficulty that are intrinsic to our workouts. Our workouts challenge the strongest and fastest athletes. The best workouts we post are the ones where I think “this isn’t going to be easy… for anyone.”
I write our workouts to challenge Tanner, Cody, Mike and Gene. Dawn, Melissa, Amanda and Chrissy. I want these monsters, when they’re warming up, to say to themselves “this is going to suck”. Our workouts make even the best CrossFitters develop a plan before they begin. Rarely do we have just a silly “sexy metcon” that anyone can do with their brain turned off. If we do, it has purpose and plays a role in the current cycle.
[pullquote align=”left” type=”simple”]“Do something you didn’t think you could and then you will know there is nothing you can’t. -t. [/pullquote]Our workouts require measurable strength. Strength you cannot build doing metcon work at 95 and 65 pounds. More often than not, they require a respectable mastery of Olympic Weightlifting. Mastery not obtained via the power snatch or the power clean at light weight and high reps.
I’ll not make easy workouts that anyone can do. There are CrossFits that program that way. They are the “soccer mom” and “college kid” gyms, not the firebreather CrossFits. I instead, teach soccer moms and college kids to be firebreathers. Soccer moms and college kids are just as capable of doing our workouts as our MARSOC guys and our CrossFit Games athletes. I’ll not sell them short by patting them on the back for doing an easy workout. I give them the instruction and the progressive means to accomplish our workouts in the due time it takes them to get there. So rather than post easy workouts the strongest and fastest would have to scale up, I post workouts that challenge us all.
Many of you think you cannot do our workouts as I have written them. Some of you have even told yourselves you’ll never be able to. Understandably. Last week we had one workout that only one person completed as it was written. On Friday, there were only four or five guys and one female who completed that workout as Rx’ed. So I can see why you might think the workouts are not doable. But there is not one of you who is incapable of training up to our workouts as they are posted. Not one of you.
I realize walking into CrossFit Wilmington can be an intimidating thing. There are so many super fit, extremely strong athletes here. But know this… you are among those who want you to do your best. Better than that, you chose the only CrossFit in Wilmington that has the experience and knowledge to show you how.
Tomorrow, when you see the workout we have carefully programmed for you, look at it not as an impossible task posted by some guy who doesn’t understand what it is like to be you. Instead, look at it, and every other workout we do, as your new goal. All goals are achievable when you break them down and accomplish them in sub-tasks. Whether it be six weeks, six months, or six years, you can do our workouts, and anything else you decide… if you decide it. It takes work, self-discipline, sacrifice, and more work, but if it is a goal you truly desire, you can accomplish it.
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