All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. -Arthur Schopenhauer
This is as true with CrossFit as it is with anything new that comes down the pike. At first CrossFit was a crazy cult (ridiculed).
Now if you pay attention to people everywhere, from nutrition and fitness classrooms to any fitness professional not associated with it, it is getting very violent opposition. It will kill you! You’ll get rhabdo! The body isn’t meant to be pushed that hard! It’s too extreme! You’ll shoot your eye out! Blah, blah, blah…
So guess what’s next? The truth that CrossFit is the best fitness program on the planet will be as self evident to everyone else as it is to me and some of you. Want proof? Watch the CrossFit Games!
But here is the problem…if you haven’t tried CrossFit yet and you are reading this, some things might happen to you like they happened to lots of other people. You’ll mention to someone that you’re thinking about giving CrossFit a try. Now you may be lucky and mention it to someone who truly cares about you and they’ll support you and maybe even join you in your new endeavor. Or, perhaps, you mention it to a family member or coworker that has a bad self image. See the problem with these people is that they don’t want their bad self image to become worse by having other people around them in better shape or fitter or happier or making any kind of self improvement. So they become an anchor and try to latch on to you and hold you or even drag you down to their current state. I’ve seen it happen, a lot. People bringing down their own family members because they think that when a person is trying to improve themselves that it means that they are trying to make themselves better than somebody else. Fact is, the person that they are trying to be better than is their own current self.
We have a saying, “It’s just you versus you”. You can’t make somebody else ready to make a change in their life, they have to be ready. So if you’re ready, jump in, ALL IN. Don’t casually dip a toe in here and there. Dive in and immerse yourself in to the culture of people making these positive changes that you want to make. Know what you’ll find? A community of support! An amazing community that will do anything to help you become better. Strangers becoming great friends. From helping you finish a workout, cheering your successes, sharing better recipes, creating a girls night so you and your new friends can get to know each other better in and out of the gym.
This is the most amazing thing to me about CrossFit, the COMMUNITY! The hard work is self evident. The results are self evident. But the community, that’s the amazing thing that you don’t hear about unless you actually talk to a crossfitter (and they will talk about CrossFit). They’ll relay to you what the work and results are like, but go on and on about the people.
So when you’re ready to commit to yourself that you’re going to be better than what you are, when you’re ready to dive in, ALL IN, we are here. Our next OnRamp class begins Monday August 4th. Are you ready?