Why Do You CrossFit?
by Coach Ross
I have spent a couple years now in this community we call CrossFit North Pacific. My motivation has changed many times. Actually, my motivation changes quite frequently during each workout. Sometimes it is setting a new PR or making Matt cry like a school girl because I whooped him on yet another WOD. Other times I try to go fast so I can just to go vomit outside in peace. No matter what my motivation happens to be during a WOD, I can’t lose sight of why I started this in the first place: To beat my son in a foot race.
I know this sounds like an odd reason to do CrossFit. The real reason is that I wanted to be able to keep up with my kids as they grow. As life changes all around us, I wanted to know that I could do whatever was needed for my kids. Losing to Casey in a race showed me that I needed to do something to make that happen. I chose CrossFit North Pacific to help.
I want you all to think about why you CrossFit. There is a deep down reason you put yourselves through all those wonderful burpees. It might be that you saw a little bit more in the mirror than you wanted to see. Maybe it got difficult to walk from the car into the pizza parlor because they forgot the extra cheese on your fourth order of breadsticks. Or just maybe you heard how great RossFit was and needed to try it. Whatever the reason, just remember it.
Competition and short term goals will help you during a workout, but when the weather is nasty and you had an extra piece of pie for lunch, when all you want to do is take a nap after work, when football is on, the reason you get up and go to the gym always comes back to the original one. That is your true motivation. That is why you do it. Sure, it feels good to watch Matt cry. The thing is, Polly makes me cry like a baby every time she whoops me on yet another WOD. Even when I am lying on the ground in a pool of my own sweat, tears, and vomit after a 3-minute workout, I know that I am accomplishing what I set out to do. I am able to beat Casey in that foot race. For now….
Editors note: Ross is a coach, athlete, family man, and although (clearly, due to the number of references to pizza and pie) not following a Paleo diet, consistently improves, inspires others, and entertains us at CFNP. You can find him leading “RossFit Wednesdays” on a weekly basis.