Nic Ospina

Just wanted to share with you my thoughts on how CrossFit helped me overcome one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced: The California Bar Exam.

At the beginning of the year I set to study for the CA bar exam, which as you know it is one of the most difficult bars in the country. Even though I went to law school, I vowed at the time of graduation that I would never be a lawyer and thus I worked for a long time in jobs that were not necessarily associated with the practice of law.

To make my story short, in December I deceided I had to close a cycle in my life and start a new one and decided to study for the bar. The decision was scary as I had not studied anything in seven years, but it felt similar to when I started at CrossFit LA more than a year ago, or when you start a workout that seems impossible. I have learned that in those instances you need to trust that no matter what “you are never going to drown in your own sweat”.

I never knew that an intellectual challenge like this would be so similar in many ways to the daily challenges in our workouts. Sitting for hours on end, wanting to do activities different than read about “torts”, “contracts” or “evidence” reminded me about those instances when you are doing what seem to be endless pullups and you just want to stop; however, you envision the end and with discipline you pull through. Studying so hard also reminded me of how we learn to pace ourselves in our workouts, and how I have learned that in order to do 100 pushups you should do 10 sets of 10 and little rests in between.

The exam was last week and although I was nervous, I felt similar to when we face one of the challenges such as the Smoker or the Cindy: I knew I was prepared, and that I would give it my best. Needless to say, doing the exam was “crossfit for the legal mind”. It was about endurance, skill, giving it your best, and always being focused on the task at hand.

I don’t know if I passed or not, but I do know I gave it my all. And I do think that crossfit had to do with it. So thank you and all your staff for all your hard work and for the enthusiasm and positive energy you guys put in to teach us something great every week.

Nicholas OspinaI never knew that an intellectual challenge like this would be so similar in many ways to the daily challenges in our workouts. Sitting for hours on end, wanting to do activities different than read about “torts”, “contracts” or “evidence” reminded me about those instances when you are doing what seem to be endless pullups and you just want to stop; however, you envision the end and with discipline you pull through.

Nic Ospina

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