What are you capable of?
“If you fell down on the ground, right here, right now, how long would it take you to get up?”
As the first contact for most individuals reaching out to CrossFit Forward, I find myself in the perfect position to discuss CrossFit HQ’s methodologies, how it pertains to Forward’s approach, and what we can do to help our members change their lives.
The more I did it and the more intro sessions I did, the more CrossFit’s definition stuck out to me.
“Constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity”
While this phrase may be a load of jargon for someone outside of the strength and conditioning community, it isn’t very difficult to put into easy to digest bits. “We’re going to mix things up so you never train the same, work on movements that affect everyday life, and do it with a high effort to deliver results.” I think CrossFit has a much more difficult definition, that hits closer to home if it’s translated properly.
CrossFit defines fitness as “work capacity across broad time and modal domains.” What sticks out the most to me here is the word capacity. What are you capable of? Are you capable of getting out of the car without pain? Are you capable of bending over to pick an item up off the floor without struggling? Could you chase your loose dog down the street without huffing and puffing? If you fell down on the ground right here, right now, would you be able to get back up?
“if you fell down on the ground, right here, right now, how long would it take you to get back up?” I asked my father while trying to convince him to join a local CrossFit affiliate. My father is a personal hero of mine. I haven’t met a single man who has worked as hard or dealt with as many of life’s unsuspecting curveballs as he has. At his peak, while standing at 5’5’’, he weighed over 350 pounds. The weight and constant need to work and commute cost him all the cartilage in his knees and he’s suffered from knee pain and back pain for as long as I can remember. When I asked him this question, he didn’t know the answer. Pending a couple knee replacement surgeries, my father underwent a surgical procedure to reduce the size of his stomach to promote weight loss in order to increase the chances of recovery, stability, and effectiveness when he receives his new knees.
He has since lost over 100 pounds (a little over a year) and has been going to CrossFit for a couple months now in order to develop the strength he will need for his recovery and PT after his knee surgeries. I’m beyond proud of him for taking that leap. I can’t stop thinking, however, how we could have better intervened to avoid these surgeries from ever being a necessity? Could we have made a change sooner?
The Burpee is a movement that requires one to fall down flat on the ground, stomach down, bring yourself to a standing position, and then hop in the air. While hated by many, it is my favorite functional movement performed in CrossFit. Yes, I said functional. “If you fell down on the ground, right here, right now, how long would it take you to get back up?” So when we have 50 burpees programmed in a workout and you’re wondering what you did to deserve having to fall down on the ground and get back up, I want you to think about that question.
At CrossFit Forward, we aren’t here to make you a CrossFit Games athlete, a pro bodybuilder, or the greatest runner in the world. We’re here to increase your capacity. We’re here to make you stronger, faster, and healthier. We’re here to ask you a question. What are you capable of? Are you capable of getting out of the car without pain? Are you capable of bending over to pick an item up off the floor without struggling? Could you chase your loose dog down the street without huffing and puffing? If you fell down on the ground right here, right now, would you be able to get back up?
If your answer to any of these questions is no, then I want you to know this, you ARE capable of getting better. You ARE capable of getting stronger. You ARE capable of getting faster. You ARE capable of getting healthy. No matter who you are, you ARE capable of taking control of your life. Don’t wait.