What's Your "Why" ?

What's Your Why?
Why do you do CrossFit?
What is CrossFit to you?
What are you training for?

 

Think about these. Doesn't respond right away. You don't even have to share your answers, but answer them for yourself. "Why?", do you ask? Because, your hard work in the gym and hard earned dollars spent to train in this enviornement will hold much more value.

What's your why? Why are you involved in CrossFit? If you're a coach or owner, you should have two different whys.

As a coach, my why has a few components. It is my job and heading in the direction of a career. It is my sole source of income. On top of that, I don't really view it as work most of the time. I've had no other job that brings the level of satisfaction that coaching CrossFit has brought me. I wake up at 4:30am 5 days a week and it is now my norm. I began coaching in 2013 and dove head first right into it. I started spending more and more hours in he gym. I'd observe, listen and take notes in classes. Then I'd go home and watch YouTube videos of CrossFit lectures and read the CrossFit Journal. There is a ton of free information out there and it's good stuff. Never in my life have I been so eager to learn. I'd like to go back to college Rob and talk some sense into him. Everything happens for a reason I guess. Over the last 3+ years, I've learned to take something positive out of every situation. Even if it's simply a learning experience. It has helped shape the person I am today. I love being a coach. The relationships I have made, built and grown with are priceless. I have had the opportunity to coach people of all ages (11-70), cultures and races. I've coached family and friends as well. I share my knowledge and experience of fitness with everyone I can. To help a member fix their snatch form or help a drop in with pull-ups, it's such a rewarding aspect that I sometimes take for granted. Not many jobs have that. I can communicate with people who speak any language as well as deaf and blind people through our common language of body movement. Fitness is a universal language that is visual and tactical. So three plus years and thousands of hours into this lifestyle, my why has not changed but it has grown. I expect it to continue to grow and I pursue more in this industry. 

Why do I do CrossFit? It's must simpler than my why as a coach. 
I love to train and I love to compete. I'm a results driven individual with a lot of passion for this sport, lifestyle and community. It's not that I enjoy the pain that comes along with the training, but I enjoy the end result. It give value and purpose to my training. 

What is CrossFit to you?
If I coached your foundations or elements classes, you may remember my personal definition of CrossFit. Although CrossFit HQ defines it as constantly varied, functional movements performed at a high intensity, it's much more than a scientific definition. I also don't suggest you use those words when explaining CrossFit to someone. Yes, CrossFit is a comprehensive strength and conditioning program designed to help the body move, feel and look better while preparing you to be physically fit for everyday life. My personal definition is simple. 

CrossFit is:
A- WOD
B- Community
C- Lifestyle
D- Sport

The WOD (workout of the day) and the community is 99.9% the essence. If they didn't exist, CrossFit as we know it would not exist. The community and atmosphere created in each box is what creates the results and in turn is why I work in this business. It becomes a lifestyle for many people. I am walking proof that it changes people. I was a bartender/partier/runner before I began CrossFit. Finally, it is a sport. A rapidly growing sport at that. There are many extremely talented athletes out there and less than 0.5% of the global CrossFit community are the professional athletes. This doesn't mean give up on competing. Having goals is what makes it all worth while. And their are also completions out there on every level. We just had one in June for every level athlete to participate in.

What are training for?

This can be anything. 
Do you want to...
...Lose 10, 20, 100lbs?
...Run a 5k or Spartan Race or marathon?
...Compete locally, regionally or at the CF Games?

Have a purpose in what you do and why you train. 
You want to look good naked. With the lights on. Everybody does!
All I am trying to say is that if you have a purpose for training, then your training will have much more purpose and you can hold yourself accountable. Be driven to attain your goals, whatever they may be.

 

- Coach Rob Moloney