We’re sharing a post today from a one of the best fitness coaches out of Minneapolis Jen Sinkler, if you’re not following Thrive as the Fittest you should be. She wrote about this the other day, which caused me to go back and read the entire article written by Henry Rollins (link at the bottom) because it’s just that good. There is something that you come to appreciate over time lifting heavy things and that is that there is a power in the barbell. The barbell will teach you so many lessons in life. I’ve watched it happen throughout my years of coaching and it’s one of the greatest parts about our job. You can watch someone walk into CrossFit for the first time a little timid and quiet, they start with a bare barbell and look wide eyed on the people next to them squatting all the weight. Then you see that same person about 6 months into their journey and they have completely transformed and not just physically. They hold their head a little higher, they are now helping the new person, they have a renewed sense of self confidence brought on from the barbell. They are now the ones squatting all the weight, accomplishing their goals and setting a higher standard. There really is power in the barbell, come see for yourself.
Thrive as the Fittest May 14, 2015:
Sure, lifting weights is good for your physical well-being, but the mental tenacity this pursuit builds is just as notable as any gain in muscle. To quote writer Henry Rollins (as everyone so wisely does), “It took me years to fully appreciate the value of the lessons I have learned from the Iron. I used to think that it was my adversary, that I was trying to lift that which does not want to be lifted. I was wrong. When the Iron doesn’t want to come off the mat, it’s the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn’t teach you anything. That’s the way the Iron talks to you. It tells you that the material you work with is that which you will come to resemble.”
A few months ago an old skydiving friend posted this picture and my mind has drifted back to it quite a few times since. Not so much because of the photo itself (though it is pretty badass), but because of the caption. “If you ask people what they’ve always wanted to do, most people haven’t done it. That breaks my heart.”
While I don’t think everyone who reads this should go jump off a bridge like Joey here likes to do on the regular (in fact I’d probably recommend against it), I think what he is saying should really be taken to heart.
Everyone has dreams, goals and to do’s on their bucket list: “Someday I want to go skydiving.” “Someday I want to see the Eiffel Tower.” “Someday I want a job I love.” “Someday I want to get in shape.”
Why not today?
About 6 months ago Coach Sara and I sat down for a casual beer at one of our favorite Minneapolis establishments and threw out an idea: “What if we opened a CrossFit gym in Fargo?” I had been doing the long distance thing with the boyfriend in Fargo, so I knew it was on the radar, but move and open a business in a new town? She has to be crazy. I have a great job and a lot going for me here, why would I leave all that now? Then the thoughts hit, I have always wanted to open a business, Fargo is an awesome town, Sara’s an amazing coach but was I ready for all that?
Coincidentally my previous employer announced layoffs that were likely to include my job about a week later. Someday I want to open a business and CrossFit is a huge part of my life… maybe someday should be today. That day I began the job search in Fargo (let’s be real, I needed something to pay the gym bills until the gym can) and decided to make it happen.
Maybe it’s time we all take our some day’s and make them today. Call the drop zone and schedule a day to jump. Book those plane tickets to Paris. Apply for that job you’ve always wanted or take a class to qualify you for it. Go to a CrossFit class, try a spinning class or take Zumba to find what activities you like and stick with them.
I’m not saying all of those things are easy, in fact change is really fucking hard. But think about how much you will enjoy checking that box or making that big life change in the direction of happy! Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t look around every once in a while, you could miss it.
Yes. I have always wanted to end a post with a Ferris Bueller quote.
Courtney Shoemaker is a Co-Owner of CrossFit Icehouse and Flux, and in charge of the behind the scenes juggling to keep the Icehouse ship sailing smoothly. She is passionate about fitness and identifies as a CrossFitter, Weightlifter, Yogi, Skydiver & overall Shenaniganer.