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Today’s Workout

Mini Rowing “Kelly”

Three rounds for time of:
500m Row
30 Box Jump (24”/20”)
30 Wall Ball (20#/14#)”In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki’

Take a moment and think of a subject about which you are an expert. Any subject… could be your work, your passion, or hobby. Now… think about a gathering of people that are also experts in that subject… think about the topics of conversation, the immediate relatedness, the shared language, the connection, and bond that exists, even before anyone opens their mouths. OK… now, picture that same group of experts after meeting regularly, one-a-week, over the course of two months. Getting the picture?… tight, connected, knowledgable… it’s a pretty awesome environment!

Now… I’d like you to picture a new person… a beginner… coming to that meeting, after the first two months, for the first time. Someone that has NO experience in the subject, is excited and eager to learn, but doesn’t really even know where to start. Take a moment to think about how that feels, and how difficult it might be to learn in that environment. THIS is exactly the environment that a beginning CrossFitter walks into when they come to a CrossFit LA All Levels class for the first time. It’s a tough environment… even for people that have self confidence and some experience!

This is why it’s so important that when we have a BEGINNER class on our schedule at CFLA, that you, the more experienced members of our community, respect the schedule and our beginning students, so that they have a chance to “learn the ropes,” in an environment that supports them in the way they need to learn. I realize that it might mean adjusting your training schedule around the 60 minute time slot… and I know that may not be convenient, but it’s the only way we can continue to welcome true beginners to our community. Remember you were once a beginner too.

Niki (I think) going big overhead in a Turkish Get Up!



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