Reminder: the hook grip is with your thumbs wrapped around the bar and your fingers wrapped around your thumb. You don't have to get all white knuckles on me by death gripping the bar, just using two fingers is enough to lock that bar into place.
So I competed in the sectionals this past weekend and despite the fact that I asked God to "just take me right then and there" at least 47 times, it was still an amazing experience for me. However, I dont want to talk about MY experience competing. Instead, I want to share with you all what I learned this past weekend.
From everything that I took away from the competition, the main thing that is stuck in my head is: Crossfitter's are a whole new kind of species, and a funny one at that.
" Sage, when I was working out, I realized something. I'm in a parking lot, lifting weights, and putting myself through terrible terrible pain. Why would anyone ever CHOOSE to do this?" - Nichole Dehart
After laughing for about 7 minutes, I stopped, and then tried to really think about that question. Why do we work out in odd places, why do we do odd movements that make for WAY too many "thats what she said" jokes, and why do we push our bodies til we feel like death?
My main answers to that question are:
#1 We do it because we're all obviously a little messed up in the head and in Crossfit, being crazy = being badass .
#2 We do it so that we can give back to this "thing" (crossfit) that has changed all of our lives.
I don't know about you guys, but I can honestly say that, without Crossfit, I would be in a completely different place in my life. I would probably be making millions as a rapper. (kidding, but not really)
But its true! I would not be in San Diego, working for the best gym EVER, and I would not be traveling around the world getting to coach and meet so many amazing individuals. I wouldn't have any friends other than my mom (maybe not even her. kidding mom. but not really) because all my friends are Crossfitters, and I wouldn't have the pleasure of looking at people's facial expression every time I tell them I'm going to be teaching them about the snatch!
My life would be completely different. My life would be way less fergaliciously awesome.
Crossfit has provided all of us with so many great opportunities. It has changed the way we look, the way we act, and the way that we view ourselves. It has given all of us confidence that we never knew we possessed. And THAT, my friends, is a beautiful thing. There is something about beating a previous time in a WOD, or hitting a new clean and jerk record, or doing a workout as prescribed for the first time that makes us feel like we did something amazing. Like we did something worth while. Like we did something that we can be proud of. All of those things are soothing for our souls. And, I dont know about you, but I LOVE a good, soothed soul.
This post has gotten way out of hand with all the randomness and cheesiness. So I'm gonna stop. But, think about what crossfit has done for you. Maybe that will explain why you workout in strange parking lots and why you choose to push yourself to the point were death seems more appealing than doing one more thruster, and why you risk sounding like a complete hoochie mama when you try explaining to someone that you had 7 different coaches working on your snatch at the last olympic lifting certification.
keep it sassy.