“The goal is simply to get fit. Make it the best part of your day. Stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam. So remember that. Relax. Have fun. Workout.” – Pat Sherwood
I absolutely love that quote. If you don’t know who Pat Sherwood is, he has a very interesting story. A former Navy SEAL, he has been around the CrossFit world for about a decade. While he is a Level 4 coach (recently determined to be the hardest fitness certification to achieve in the United States) it is his insane love of ice cream and other typically “non-CrossFit” snacks that first endeared him to me. I always find it pretty fun to see someone who is so engrossed in a particular subject completely debunk what everyone else is doing. But really, it was seeing this quote just yesterday for the first time that made me like Pat even more.
See, it is really trendy now for people to get into CrossFit, immediately start following a ton of high level CrossFit athletes, and decide that is the only successful path to go down. That is not the case! I know this gets into the deep discussion of “what is success” but really CrossFit is meant to make you happier and healthier. Typically the second feeds into the first. If you are healthier you tend to have more confidence and energy, and just to feel better. That is all this fitness program is meant to do.
I know that when I really fell in love with CrossFit, that is exactly what it did for me. I was studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and I was going through that homesick period after about 2 weeks. After doing a quick Google search and finding a gym down the road from my school, I started attending classes right away, as simply a way to pass the time. I never expected to like it that much, but my four sessions per week were quickly the things I looked forward to the most. I think I even went to class still sweaty from a WOD one time, just to force it to fit into my day. I’d walk 45 minutes to a local park on Saturdays so I could hang out with everyone at the gym. It was easily the best hour of my day, every time I went. I want it to be the best hour of your day when you come into CrossFit SSP, as well. That is really the goal. It isn’t about getting six pack abs, or a 400 pound back squat. Those things can be cool side effects, but the main idea is just to connect with some new people, have fun for an hour, and get a little healthier. Make it the best hour of your day.
P.S. You can read more about Pat Sherwood here, if you’re interested.