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The Eyes

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There comes a time in a beginning CrossFit athlete’s training that they stop surviving the workouts and start charging them. I can literally see the change in their eyes. Each WOD is no longer a death march. Heavy days are eagerly awaited. And they crave the rx’d notation next to their time on the whiteboard. Physically they have changed too. They aren’t as sore after the workout. Hands are starting to callous. Their kip is starting to really work. And their bodies start to lose that initial softness. This is when huge leaps in performance start as beginner’s adaptation occurs. Times drop, often by whole minutes. They also start to become interested in eating for performance. I usually recommend that they attempt to go Paleo. This increases the gains in performance and then everything just starts to snowball.

But the biggest change is in the eyes.


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And your moment of Zen is CFLG lifter Ian Droze cleaning 347# at Average Broz’s Gym. At a bodyweight of 156. Yeah, wow.


  1. Kirsten Mehl

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  2. …That…was…fricken…AWESOME!!! OMG!! That was fricken awesome! Ian and Billy are KILLING it out there! They are both making such great gains! I’m SO stoked for them! …I love seeing videos like this of them continuing to hit new PR’s. …It makes me laugh at all those who talk smack about the Bulgarian method. I love it!

  3. btw, nice post! I fully agree, you can see the change in their eyes. I love seeing that in an athlete. I was just having a talk with a parent of a great CrossFit West athlete (Alex, S.) at a softball game recently and I was commenting as to how “I can see it in her eyes; that look she gets when she is throwing a laser to 1’st base to throw out the runner, or going for a ‘PR’ Clean-&-Jerk. It’s awesome. I love it.” …I love seeing that look.


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