CrossFit and Suffering

Logan SandBag GetUp We suffer in CrossFit. This is what we do. We suffer through intense workouts in order to produce results.

By CrossFitting, we have chosen not to take the easy way, not to walk down the path of least resistance, not to coast.

But it’s a hard road. Each workout, we must swallow our fear, call on some inner fortitude, and ride through pain that may cause others to quit and walk away.

We’re not f***ing around here.

We find nobility and honor in our perseverance. We pride ourselves on being able to “take” what others can not, or will not.

We suffer. And other people may find us crazy for doing so.

Our friends and families may chuckle at our devotion and roll their eyes at our latest stories of barbells and blood and tears. They may wince and turn away when they see our calloused hands and our bruised collarbones.

In fact, as we become more addicted to CrossFit – to this suffering — some folks find that their priorities shift, their circle of friends changes, and their daily thoughts turn again and again to CrossFit.

This is normal. A weird normal, but a CrossFit normal.

CrossFit is that addictive of an experience.

But if your friends or families are worried – they talk about “losing” you to CrossFit  or start to make remarks about your devotion — ask yourself one simple question that will help to define if your behavior — if your latest addiction — is healthy or unhealthy: “Is my life better?” Don’t ask yourself about particular results or success or happiness or anything else. Look at the entire picture of your life, your health, your loves, your outlook, and your relationships with people since you started this thing and ask yourself: “Is my life better?”

If it is, keep CrossFitting — and encourage your friends to start too. If it isn’t, make some adjustments. Figure it out. Life is about adjustments. Just like when we finish a clean or a snatch and the coach yells to “Reset your feet” — that’s what life is all about. Resetting. Trying again. Figuring it out. And making things better. The suffering only gets us there; it’s not the goal in and of itself.

A friend once said that “Being able to hit the Reset Button is never bad” — but I think it goes a little deeper than that. Being able to hit the Reset Button is never bad, as long as you’ve looked at your performance and learned what to do better this time. Don’t suffer and let it all go to waste. Reset and hit a new Personal Record, in the gym and in life.

(Words by Lisbeth Darsh/CrossFit Watertown.)

4 Responses to “CrossFit and Suffering”

  1. CrazyCarl

    Damn, that little article really sums it up well. Everything she said is true about crossfit. It has truly changed a lot of things in my life since I discovered it 2 years ago. And yes, people who don’t Crossfit will never fully “get it” even though u try to explain our principles and workouts to them. The globo gym society is too narrow minded to understand what being a complete athlete really is.

  2. kari

    Thanks for sharing this article. CF is really spectacular in so many ways. The Reset is important, especially the learning from the past and pursuing a better path.

  3. T-REX

    There’s just not a lot of things I can pull off because the shape of my body (i.e. calves to big for some boots), but hitting Reset I also acknowledge there’s also a lot of things I CAN pull of BECAUSE of it. Yes! Life is Better =)

  4. Keith Fogle

    This is a great article. A friend pointed out to me today that crossfit is a lot more than just some gym I go to, it’s a gift (and this is coming from a non-crossfitter). And I agree, in the 4 months I’ve been at atomic, I’ve accomplished gains physically I couldn’t even conceive of before. I really get this is a metaphor for life too — I can do and be much more than what my limited mind tells me. And when I hit a snag, just hit reset, and keep going. Thanks for this article.