Goooooddd Morning! Hope you had a great weekend! Personally, I’m just thankful the sun came back out after what seemed like a loooonngggg month of rain (just kidding, I think it was 6 days or something, but still). 

So, my weekend revolved around vitamin D (we all need it) and THE CROSSFIT GAMES!

I always love watching the CrossFit Games, but this year I was extra excited – mostly because of the pink and blue color combo they had going on. And probably the fact that we weren’t on vacation the week leading into it, so I had something else to focus on. IDK. I think it also had to do with the fact that I knew more people competing. The longer you’ve been doing CrossFit and the more competitions you’ve done.. it’s like, “hey, I competed with her.” Or “I know him.” It’s really inspirational, for sure. 

Hopefully you watched the CFG – or at least caught up on some highlights. What was your favorite workout to watch? Mine was definitely the Marathon Row. Jk. Although, there was something really special about the end of that workout when everyone was finishing and cheering each other on. I wonder if some of them doubted themselves before it started. 

I think my favorite was the CHAOS workout. They had to just GO until their judge said to move on to the next movement. They didn’t know what was about to hit them next….kinda like life, I guess. 

It’s easy to watch the Games and be like, “Ahhh, I’ll never be able to do that.” And you may be right (Games athletes are freaks of nature). But you’re missing the point. The CrossFit Games represents what CrossFit is all about – being able to overcome what we didn’t think was possible.

So, instead of saying, “I could never do that.” Remember, it’s just movement. You woke up this morning, and you’re reading this. That means your heart is beating. There is oxygen flowing to your brain. And you’re ready to take on Monday head first – even if everything isn’t perfect. It’s cool to think that everything they did at the games (pegboards and handstand walking on and through obstacles and all) can be modified for ANYONE to do. At the end of the day, it’s just moving. 

So, how were you inspired by The CrossFit Games this past weekend?

For me, I doubt myself. When I fail at something, or when something is hard or not in my wheelhouse, I want to give up. But totally using this quote from a video I saw: “They must know defeat and humble themselves to its teachings.”

Not everything is going to fall in line perfectly. I’m talking about in the gym, but especially OUT of the gym. BUT we can embrace it, do our best, LEARN, and inspire others in the meantime. 

I say this all the time, but never underestimate how you can inspire people this week – in and out of the gym. As a coach, I get inspired by people all of the time at the gym – usually when someone does something they didn’t think they could do. Sometimes this happens right away and it surprises them. But in most cases, this happens after they practice it, they fail a couple of times, they continue to work for it, and their perseverance eventually pays off. 

Anyway, all I’m saying is to be impressed! Be inspired. Watching the CrossFit Games is so cool. But at the end of the day, it’s just movement – and that’s what CrossFit is all about. And the good news is, you and I can do that too. Approach it with your best mindset and effort and you too can inspire people. 

<<<I love this video. Especially: “For winning is not defined by medals, but actions. By perseverance, by character, by effort. It does not mean you’re unbeatable, but rather that you’ve been beaten and continue to rise.”>>>

Have a great week!