The Universal Language

Yesterday, I attended a CrossFit class that was taught entirely in French.  Initially, I was concerned that I would be confused.  But I was fine…

I quickly noted that when it comes to coaching CrossFit, there are universal cues.  As it turns out “Lift your chest“, “Stay on your heels“, “Straighten out your arms“, and “Rock solid work” can be gestured the same in any language.  As a coach, it’s like we have this universal lingo…I knew exactly what the coach was saying at every minute of the class.

We were paired together at racks to establish a one rep max push jerk. Then, beside one another for a three-round standard CrossFit WOD.  The young lady with whom I was paired spoke about as much English as I do French….but it didn’t matter.

We both spoke the universal language of CrossFit.

We used our fingers to express the amount of weight that needed to be added to each side of the barbell each time we attempted a lift.  We rapidly dropped into a weightless split to demonstrate what should have been done after one attempted a lift that was just barely successful.

The coolest part of our language, however, was the smiles, the high fives, and the unspoken knowledge of what the other person was enduring.

I suppose this is the awesome thing about CrossFit in general; it’s part of what inspires the comaraderie that is so often mentioned by it’s athletes.  The universal experiance that we all share when we are a part of this sport is what bonds us.

CrossFit can be scary.  It’s hard. It’s humbling.  It sucks.  And nothing feels better than that feeling you get when it’s over.

Apparently that feeling is the same in French and in English…

Jacques and the Plumeys at CrossFit Montreal

Xavier, coach at CrossFit Montreal, and the Plumeys 

CrossFit Montreal's official mascot: Burpee the bulldog!

CrossFit Montreal’s official mascot: Burpee the bulldog!

Lusine CrossFit

Dominic, DP and me at L’usine CrossFit



Comparisons

Happiness begins when we stop comparing ourselves to other people“.

This quote was written on the whiteboard in main room last week for all of our athletes to consider.

We compare. We compare ourselves to “famous” CrossFitters.  We compare ourselves to others in our region.  We compare ourselves to our peers working out beside us in class.  To be quite honest, I am not sure that it is 100% possible to totally ignore others, not comparing ourselves at all; however, I agree that if we become obsessed with others’ progress in comparison to our own, this can certainly hinder our happiness.

After-all, whomever we may be comparing ourselves to is a different person with an entirely different set of circumstances.

On your worst day at the gym, how about considering this instead?

The Couch

Celeni, working hard to make that target on every rep of her wallballs.

Celeni, working hard to make that target on every rep of her wall balls.

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Cara, transitioning into the catch on the clean.

Cleo may be young, but she sure works hard!

Cleo may be young, but she sure works hard!



Facts

No one is as aware of your performance as you are.  You have the slowest time in a WOD. You trip over a box and stumble.  You can’t quite get the hang of the push jerk.  Someone may notice.  Most people will not.  The fact of the matter is that most people are too involved with what they’re doing in the midst of a workout to focus on whatever it is that you are doing.

You are not bothering your coach when you ask for something.  Don’t quite understand the workout even after it is explained?  Don’t understand a lift?  Need a modification? or six?  That’s our job.  If you don’t need us, we don’t have jobs.

If you think that you are seeing physical progress, it’s definitely there.  You are, by all means, your worst critic.  If you’re starting to see changes, that means others are seeing them to an even great extent. Others often see what you cannot see in yourself.

All injuries feel hopeless.  They feel like they last an eternity.  They feel like they will never heal.  Be patient.  Most heal.

If you think that you need a rest day, you probably do.  Most of us have a training schedule.  For many, it is 3 days on, one day off.  Or perhaps you’re the person that comes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.  On Friday, your hamstrings, back, and shins are killing you.  Rest on Saturday.  No one knows your body like you do.  If it is screaming for rest, listen to it.

If it tastes too good to be Paleo, it probably isn’t Paleo.  A lot of us eat foods that we suspect have an ingredient that is not healthy for us, but continue to consume them because we really enjoy them.  Stop fooling yourself.

As bad as a day can be, the next day can be marvelous.  You can have a training day that is absolutely demoralizing; a day that makes you want to leave the gym in tears.  The following day is a new day with new events and results.

Jen T.

Jen T.

Sean

Sean

Tim H.

Tim H.

Miguel

Miguel

Ryan W.

Ryan W.

Kari F.

Kari F.

Ashley M.

Ashley M.

Danielle B.

Danielle B.

Karlee will be living us, as she is moving to Virginia.  SCF wishes her the best of luck in all of her endeavors.  We'll certainly miss her massage skills!

Karlee will be leaving us, as she is moving to Virginia. SCF wishes her the best of luck in all of her endeavors. We’ll certainly miss her and her massage skills!