Every once in awhile you need a reaffirmation that you’re walking the right path. Every so often the universe lobs one over the plate–funny how that works. Not just by showing the fruits of our labor and our successes, but by seeing just how much work is left to do.
“CrossFit makes people better.” That will never change. However, the ways in which we get there are always being honed like the edge on the business end of a razor sharp knife of fitness.
They wouldn’t be sent to bottom of the pit with the inventor of the Shake Weight and the big soda companies. They’d be in the very top ring of CrossFit Hell, the “Virtuous Non-Level-One.”
In recent months this has happened for me in a few different but equally important and telling ways.
In July we had the most amazing CrossFit Games yet. The very best parts of CrossFit methodology, the very best athletes who live it, and the the ultimate expression of our community–all happening in once place. Each year it’s grown like Mark McGwire kept in a petri dish with plenty of sunlight. You can’t help but know in your heart that it’s working. But there’s more.
When the aforementioned Virtuous-Non-Level-Ones come around they’ll bring people with them. Lots of people.
I’ve had the good fortune of meeting and talking to lots of fitness-oriented people–some from outside the CrossFit community (I know, right?). Not everyone gets it. Yet. Most of us are so involved in CrossFit, if we don’t peer far enough down range it can seem like the whole world gets it. It looks that way because our whole world gets it. We’ve grown magnificently, for sure. But we have to be careful not to become victims of our own success.
It seems, “hey, we’ve got this thing nailed down.” And we do, to an extent. But, when you see what the rest of the world (as in most people) believe fitness is, you realize that we still have lots of work to do. This is something that the CrossFit Seminar staff–the SEAL Team Six of fitness–never forgets, because they work on the front line all the time. For those of us who don’t do that, and spend most of our time around CrossFit gyms and other CrossFitters, it’s important to remind yourself that not everyone has seen the light yet. We need to keep spreading the word.
It’s grown like Mark McGwire kept in a petri dish with plenty of sunlight.
Mostly, these people aren’t subversive to our cause. If this were the “CrossFit Divine Comedy” They wouldn’t be sent to bottom of the pit with the inventor of the Shake Weight and the big soda companies. They’d be in the very top ring of CrossFit Hell, the “Virtuous Non-Level-One.” They’re not to be punished. Maybe they just don’t become a sweat angel or get to party with Pukie until the end of time. Despite their ab-crunching and booty-lift classes, they mean well; They just haven’t seen the CVFMHI light yet. We have to show it to them, and when they’re ready they will join us.
It’s helped by those who’ve left behind their CrossFit adolescence and the hubris which leads to dumping on other methodologies, instead of simply elevating CrossFit. Once there, they can show people the way without shoving them down the path. It’s really fucking zen and shit.
The CrossFit affiliates are the key to this whole thing; that’s where the magic happens. Everything we do is to support the 11,000+ affiliates around the world. Because, when the aforementioned Virtuous-Non-Level-Ones come around they’ll bring people with them. Lots of people. Those people will end up walking through the door of a CrossFit affiliate and find themselves in the most capable hands we have.
They’ll be baptized in sweat and born again hard–and happy. We are most certainly on the right path. All we have to do is keep moving, and to paraphrase The Matrix, take care of that which matters most; The CrossFit affiliates.