CrossFit is going through a bit of a transition.
Coach Glassman has determined that CrossFit is no longer a Fitness company and is now a Health Company.
Many affiliates are transitioning as well, or at least the ones who are thinking ahead (I like to think we do).
There has been a big switch up in the Games Qualifiers and the Open. (don’t worry it doesn’t actually mean anything to you and I because we aren’t going haha)
I’m sure this is a multifaceted decision on CrossFit’s part having to do with participation and financial sustainability.
CrossFit’s mission is to “Increase health and human performance on an international setting”. The pursuit of elite fitness and the exploitation of that endeavor is what got the organization to a point that they can now tackle the international crisis of chronic disease.
The Games is a spectacle everyone should witness. CrossFit needed to pursue the growth of the games to garner the attention of the world.
Now that we have everyone’s attention we can pursue health. Doing it in the reverse order just wouldn’t have worked.
I feel the same way about our gym and myself as a coach. What allowed us to open a gym (not much) isn’t what got us to a 6000 sq ft facility. And what we did to get to 6000 isn’t what got us to 11000.
And what got us to 11000 isn’t what allowed us to purchase a second facility.
There are constant sacrifices and set backs. It can be disheartening on the best of days.
What got me to the point of achieving my CF-L3 and getting hired by HQ isn’t what will help me develop further as a professional.
Why is this all relevant.
Because changing away from what got us to a certain point is hard.
We get romantic about our success and that romance can be what stops our growth.
I have a list of questions I ask myself anytime I reach a goal:
1) What does this mean?
2) Can it be better? If so how?
3) What has changed since I set out to achieve this?
4) If I continue to do this will I get better or worse?
Asking myself these questions prevents me from spending much time on the what I like to call “I’m awesome Train”.
It’s hard to get off this train because it feels good, it feels comfortable and it’s what we know and like
But we don’t want to spend much time there because it’s generally going in the wrong direction.
– What got you to a 300# back squat won’t get you to 400
– What got you to lose a 100# generally won’t get the next 20# off
– What got you to a 4 minute Fran won’t get you to 2 minutes
– What got you that job promotion won’t get you the next one
We should constantly be questioning our actions and direction and evaluating what got us there.
We need to be able to determine if we are on the right train if we are going to get where we want to go.