God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
The election is over. Did it go the way you wanted?
The workout is complete. Did you PR, or get destroyed?
The work day is done. Did your boss yell at you? Did you do your best work?
The test is complete. Did you study enough to learn?
Can you change the past? No.
What can you change? The Future.
We are all given a choice in life, in love, even in CrossFit.
We post the workouts of the day in the morning on our Facebook page, so that everyone has a chance to see it. We respect the fact that you are not children and that you pay good money to come to CrossFit Legacy for our programming, and coaching, and community so we don’t worry that you will “cherry pick”, because you’d only be robbing yourself.
Here is what I know. After Five Full years of CrossFit, our workouts are hard and if you find them easy, you did not push yourself hard enough.
Harsh? Maybe, but we need intensity in our training and the only way to get the results you want is to make it hurt a little. We want you to push yourself beyond where you think your limits are. I have seen a few consistent things happen over the years at CrossFit Legacy when people get pushed. Folks do one of of 3 things or sometimes a combination of all of them.
1. They whine
Some workouts are harder than others, but in the end, the people that you workout with day in and day out all know how hard they are. They are experiencing them too. It is not a secret that certain workouts will destroy us more than others. So, realize that you are not an island and know that whining won’t help you finish the workout or help you recover, it only perpetuates a “victim” mentality and slows you down.
2. They just do the workout.
Some people just see the wod, lace up their shoes, tie their pony tail, put their oly’s on, never say anything except “time” they keep coming back because they see the worth in what they are doing. There is some sort of internal motivation inside them that allows them to suffer in silence and move and recover without anyone noticing they are hurting or sore, or got a bad time, or PR’ed.
3. They attack it
These people see the challenge. It is a test. It is an opportunity to improve. What is cool here is that it doesn’t matter if you are a CrossFit Games level athlete or a newbie, the UNDERSTANDING these people have is that they are there to get better, and while disappointments will happen from time to time, they ACKNOWLEDGE that it will only make them better over time. Each workout will push them and they thrive in the fact that they will walk out of the gym a better athlete than when they came into the gym.
Serenity Prayer in terms of CrossFit…
Accept that the workouts are going to be hard, and that they are going to push you and there will be soreness, and you THINK that it might crush you. Accept that you are surrounded by a group of people that are willing to workout with you side by side and get involved in your life. Accept that they want to know you and love you exactly the way you are and desire to see you become the best “you” that you can be.
Have courage to change. Have courage to attack each workout. Don’t back down because certain movements are a weakness or that you suck at them. Have courage and get to know the people beside you, on a deeper level than what you thought was comfortable. Have courage and sign up for a local competition simply because you have never done it before. Have courage and take a rest day if your body is telling you to rest.
Finally, learn from each day, each workout, each person, and each event. Know the difference between giving it everything you have or simply making it look like you did by wrything on the floor post workout. KNOW that everything is a process, that we get the things we want by consistent and persistent commitment to the steps that will make us better.