How many times have you heard it said, or perhaps said it yourself? I know that I’ve said it at least a dozen times…
I wish I had found CrossFit sooner.
I’ve heard athletes state that they wish they found CrossFit in high school to better their football, lacrosse, or soccer games. I’ve also heard people say that they wished they had it to make them stronger sooner to avoid certain injuries. Naturally, I agree with these comments, but they fail to hone in on the important, the real, intangible and unmeasurable qualities that are developed through CrossFit…
Yesterday, I had the privilege of spectating at the CrossFit Milford Kid’s competition. I departed nothing short of inspired.
I watched young athletes, ages 5-17, do exactly what us “old folks” do daily in the box in a room full of screaming, adult spectators. As I watched them surmount mental and physical obstacles that we all combat through CrossFit, one thought prevailed: CrossFit is raising a generation of confident, problem-solving, tenacious, self-challenging individuals that refuse complacency and promote constant self-improvement.
I mean, seriously, it would have been great to find CrossFit in my teens because I’d be stronger and faster now, but the true gifts this sport has given me are not measured in pounds or kilograms. To have the confidence that I possess, thanks to CrossFit, as a teenager, would have saved me a bit of pain and frustration throughout my twenties. To have the problem-solving abilities and the never-give-up, “I think I can. I think I can” attitude early on, would have been of unmeasurable value.
These athletes, that I watched compete yesterday, already possess these treasures.
Take for instance, SCF’s young athlete, Samir (Jackie Esposito’s son): When he found out that Sunday’s competition called for double-unders, he relentlessly practiced them in the camo room every time he accompanied his mother to the gym. When Sunday came, he was banging out unbroken sets of double-unders during WOD three. What do you think this taught Samir about the value of hard work, and the ability to problem solve? The majority of today’s youth have no sense of delayed gratification. CrossFit teaches us that we must work hard to achieve our goals and there are no if, ands, and buts about it.
Then we have Samir’s young friend, Josh, who right before WOD three was considering scaling or backing-out completely because of the double-unders. We chatted about the pros and cons of of going scaled, and that in choosing to go Rx’d, he may spend 12 minutes (the time domain for this workout) “practicing” double-unders in front of the crowd. Josh chose to go Rx’d. He took his double-unders one rep at a time, and NEVER lost his cool. He earned an impressive three rounds in this workout. Don’t tell me that this was not a lesson in being tenacious despite obstacles that he will never forget??
We joked about the children at this competition mimicking that which they see their parents do. There were 10-year-olds wearing knee supports, k-tape, sports bras, and Lulu shorts, but at they end of the day, CrossFit is teaching them to mimic something much greater: these invaluable, cherished qualities that we have all gained thanks to CrossFit.
If you are interested in signing your child up for our kid’s/teens classes, visits the Kids/Teens page for details.