For a long time I was teaching myself most things CrossFit. I wasn’t a person that had ever found weight training satisfying in the way that I would like. I was always interested and willing, but nobody inspired me in a weight room. There were always things lacking…until I stumbled upon CrossFit.
The Open is past us now but I didn’t want to let too much time pass before saying a few parting words. The Open is for measuring yourself. Sometimes you actually exceed your expectations and sometimes you fail. I think most people that are involved would tell you that in some, if not most ways, they exceeded their expectations and will be nervously looking forward to it again. Most people use the event like feeling of the open to push themselves just that little bit harder than normal and their friends are cheering them on even more fervently than usual.
There seems to be a misconception out there that CrossFit Incognito is part of the Chillicothe Fitness and Racquet Club and that you need to be a member. You DO NOT need to be a member of the racquet club to train at CrossFit Incognito. The racquet club does not own or contribute financially to CrossFit Incognito. We simply rent space and have a great working relationship with the club.
Everyone is nervous about the Open. Everyone, even the people who have gone to competitions before and done well. The people you see all over the interweb and Instagram and Facebook and in magazines…all of them are nervous before Open WODs. You aren’t any different than anyone else. So in at least one way you are just like Rich Froning and Camille Leblance-Bazinet!
1. Show Up, Regardless of The Workout - “I’m not going today because there are cleans and I suck at those.” Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’re always going to suck at them with that attitude.
Something that I found very interesting happened last week. Saturday morning I put a workout on the board. A workout that was, no doubt , going to be very challenging for everyone…and no one flinched. They simply turned around and started loading barbells.
If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. - Michael Jordan
"One must find the source within one's own Self, one must possess it" -Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
This quote is from one of my favorite books. It applies to our training in a very fundamental way. Karen and I often speak to people that are giving us reasons why they can’t when they don’t really mean that.
Welp, CrossFit Incognito has been in existence, in one form or another, for two years now. I am feeling several things all at once and I hope it doesn’t distort what I am about to say. This journey has been long and difficult…but so much more rewarding than I could have imagined. I started this little venture in the hopes that someone would want to workout and let me share some knowledge I’d accumulated over four years of CrossFitting and coaching with them. I hoped it would help me heal some of the wounds in my personal life as well…
“The hardship of the exercises is intended less to strengthen the back than to toughen the mind. The Spartans say that any army may win while it still has its legs under it; the real test comes when all strength is fled and the men must produce victory on will alone.”
“It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top.” I’ve saved this quote for quite a while. It has been rolling around in my head but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to use it or when. This past weekend at the Thunder Throwdown at Crossfit Thunder in Huntington, West Virginia gave me the perfect opportunity and inspiration.
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."