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The Long Haul

CFWSC trainer Ed Evans, 62 years of weightlifting bad ass, prepares for the 2010 Games Masters Division.

My sister is a dancer and actor on Broadway and she told me of a theater saying that I think has a lot of applicability to CrossFit.  The saying, and I am paraphrasing here, is that you must ignore the good reviews along with the bad.

CrossFit is something that you are going to do for a long time.  It is not a semester long class, it does not have an end goal, getting a muscle up and a 2xBW deadlift and you’re done, or your blood pressure to a certain number and your doctor off your back, for example; .  Fitness and health is a life long pursuit.  As such, you will have great workouts and bad ones.  There will be days when you are on fire and days when you are dragging.  But, always remember, you are in this for the long haul, so you must ignore the good days along with the bad.

Of course, I want you to get excited when do well, I want you to be stoked when you PR.  Get more confident, get more gutsy.  Let that PR feeling carryover into your next workouts.  But also keep it in perspective.  If you get way too pumped by a good day, then you will fall even further when you have a bad day.  Just as you have to let go of a bad day, you also need to let go of a good day too.  Training, like life, isn’t about the extreme highs and lows, it’s about always pushing the median higher.

I know that always pushing the median higher may not be quite as exciting as the extremes, but it’s a lot more productive over the long haul and it’s a hell of a lot healthier.

Thought?  Please post to Comments.

Workout:

Max Height Box Jump

Then:

5×5 Broad Jump for Speed and Distance

Then:

AMRAP in 15 minutes:

5 Cleans 85%BW

10 Plyo Pushups (use a 45# bumper)

100m Sprint (1/2 Gasser)

Post WOD score to Comments.

5 Comments

  1. I do CrossFit so I can be like Ed when I am 62…

  2. Thats a great saying “pushing the median higher”. Nice post Sam.

  3. michael

    Absolutely. Had been busting out some good #s on the DL recently
    and hit a snag with a very very very slippery bar at a new gym today
    but like u said, thats part of it :)

  4. Jocelyn

    Great post Sam

  5. Thank you, Sam!