"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad." – Abraham Lincoln
We all came to Crossfit Wilmington for different reasons – to get in shape, to lose weight, to get stronger or because a friend wouldn’t stop talking about it. While our journeys have been different, we all come to the same place eventually. We love coming to Crossfit Wilmington, we love the people and we love how we feel about ourselves.
I have been at CFW about a year. Once I got through the intro, I became obsessed with learning the moves and posting my times on the whiteboard. Then I moved to trying to do the WOD “as Rx’d”. No doubt about it, that first day I Rx’d a WOD was one of those special days. And now, I am in the best shape of my life.
But there are times when I can’t do as much in the gym as I would like. I have been out of town or sick or whatever. Whenever this happened to me in the past, I really had to fight the urge to cheat a little. Those of you who are competitive can appreciate that I really wanted to put up numbers that I think are good even though I couldn’t because of circumstances. So what happened? If I lost count on reps I started to round up instead of down. My range of motion on squats wasn’t quite deep enough and my pull-ups were a little lower than they should be. Not only was I cheating, but I was destroying my self respect.
Then, it would come to me – what the hell are you thinking?? You are here to get faster and stronger, not to put up numbers on a board. Now it is form, not weight or time, that’s most important to me. Do I push it as hard as I can? Absolutely! I want to walk out of the gym knowing I did it right and with as much intensity as I could bring. Quicker times and more weight will come soon enough.
I would like to think I have outgrown cheating, but I know it is always there lurking in the background.
Being honest is like being pregnant – you either are or you aren’t. So every time you walk into the gym ask yourself, “What am I here for?” You know the right answer. – Scott Smith
The difference between self esteem and self respect is accountability, or lack thereof. Self esteem is a liberal idea the enables the weak minded to "feel" ok with their lack of fortitude and discipline. Its creation allowed for and tolerated by our culture that is too willing to set aside accountability for bad behaviors and allows us to disregard the hard work, discipline, and integrity required to earn your own self respect. -t.