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Understand it

By July 3, 2008 No Comments

When you hear something, you will forget it.
When you see something, you will remember it.
But not until you do something, will you understand it.
Chinese Proverb

Anybody that has tried Crossfit can attest to the truth of this proverb.   So many of the good things in life are experiential.  We only understand anything worth knowing by experiencing it first-hand.  Like riding a bike.  You cannot explain the nuances of balancing to someone.  A person cannot learn to ride a bike from a book.  You have to get on and try and fail and try again and fall and try again.  Then all of a sudden it clicks and you are riding.  You cannot explain the feeling of doing a really fast “Fran” to someone.  Nor can you really explain what it is like to get your diet dialed in.  Crossfit’s cult-like following is, in part, due to the fact that it is experiential and those that have done it understand it and those that have yet to try it can only speculate at what it is like.

Undoubtedly, if you have been Crossfitting for a while, then you have probably been frustrated trying to explain it to a friend.  You complained “they just don’t get it.”  It is not for lack of thorough explanation on your part.  It is just the nature of trying to explain the unexplainable.  Frank Zappa said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”  Crossfit only really makes sense to those that do it.

If you are reading this and you have not tried Crossfit yet, you have come too far to turn back, please do yourself a favor and have an experience.  Get beyond your excuses and give Crossfit a try already.  Excuses build up to keep us from discovering our true power because once we discover our true power we have to take responsibility for it.  There is a fear of giving 100% of yourself in a workout or in life because people think that doing so leaves them with nothing.  The truth is that when you give 100% of yourself you get back so much more.  Again it is a math that doesn’t make sense until you experience it.  Not until you do Crossfit, will you understand it.

Good Sam

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