“Compare to 070202″
Saturday 090321 (60)
225 pound Deadlift, 21 reps
Run 800 meters
225 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
Run 800 meters
225 pound Deadlift, 9 reps
Run 800 meters
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Compare to 070202.
Whenever crossfit.com posts the Workout of the Day (WOD), they will write “compare to _____” and hyperlink to the previous time that workout occurred. Generally, I do the same thing but link to our blog.
If you click on that hyperlinked “070202″ you see above, you’ll go back in time to the first full month during which our (then) tiny little gym was in existence in its own right, as opposed to being more of an idea than its own physical entity.
CrossFit NYC started out as workouts in Central Park and in gyms that would let Josh, Court and Keith rent out a couple hours a week to teach their athletes. This usually would last for a month or two until they’d get kicked out for the supposed disruptiveness of their workouts. What they were really disrupting was the standard corporate fitness protocols that promote supposed “safety” over actual tough workouts. (Not the safety of the athletes, mind you, but the safety of said gyms from legal liability.)
By 070202, Black Box Version 1.0 had recently opened its doors at 1026 Sixth Avenue in the grungy garment district of midtown Manhattan. I myself came by for my first class at the Box just days later. It was a lunchtime WOD with Keith. I had arrived early and sat and chatted with him while a couple other members filed in. When Keith learned I was a trainer, he said, “Oh, yeah, we had a couple trainers in here the other day. They couldn’t do push-ups.” I knew I had push-ups and even had some pull-ups (dead hang–had no clue how to kip yet); nevertheless, I was nervous to live up to what this crossfit tough guy considered “good enough” from someone who wore the label “personal trainer.”
Half way through the WOD he had created for that day (we weren’t yet following crossfit.com WODs), I wondered if I could finish in a timely fashion. When I somehow managed to do so, I knew that I wanted to train at the Black Box to become a better athlete and a better coach. From that day forward, I’ve been proud to be a part of CrossFit NYC.
So if you’re new to the Black Box, know that in a year or two from now, you’ll see a “compare to ______” that dates back to when you first joined the party. Seeing that “compare to” date might make you reflect on how far you’ve come as a crossfitter–might make you think about how much further you need to go.
Your progress won’t always be linear, and in fact I strongly suggest you try to hold onto beginner’s mind as much as possible, because CrossFit always finds a way to humble you. But it will also make you proud when you least expect it.
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