Finding Purpose

Today’s Workout

“Nicole Goes Overhead”

Complete as many REPS as possible in 20 minutes of:
400m Run
Max Reps Overhead Squats (95/65)

*score is total number of OH SquatsNext week marks the start of the CrossFit Games Open season… six WODs over six weeks… a world-wide fitness competition, searching for the fittest man and woman on earth. I know for most of us, the CrossFit Games are completely out of reach… you’re not going, and neither am I. So why are these competitions so important for us?

Why is the school play important for a 4th grader? And what about the piano recital? How about that audition for choir, or the try outs for cheerleading? What about taking a test, or the SATs? And what about the millions of kids playing sports growing up… who have competitions every week, month and year… most of whom don’t win, and will never go to the Olympics? Do you remember what it was like growing up… when you had to put it all on the line… risk failing, being embarrassed, getting it wrong, making a mistake?

Without the chance of failure, there can be no success. Without risk, reward is non-existant. And without an event toward which you can focus your training and efforts, purpose is lacking. You see, the outcome of the CrossFit Games competitions or of a CFLA Challenge makes no difference… the purpose of these events for most of us is to give us a practice field… a place, date and time for us to put ourselves at risk. That is a skill, like a handstand, that only comes with hours of practice, and requires commitment and dedication to show up, in spite of the discomfort.

So join me… next week… I’ll be there. Will you?

“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” – Seneca

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