Far away from the glamour of the CrossFit Games and professional athletes, ordinary Crossfitters live, train together and carry their own stories.
Mine for example is escaping economic crisis in my country and moving to Germany to pursue my dream of working in fitness media as an editor. There are also other stories like 60-year olds doing their first pull-ups and then again there are adaptive athletes running their first miles and crossing over their first finish lines.
"This is my mom, Gerry. She is 62 years old and was in a ski/snowboard accident three years ago. She was taken out by a snowboarder while she was skiing and it sent her sliding down the hill uncontrollably with her right arm flopping behind her. When she finally stopped, her arm was completely immobile. – "She spent hours in emergency while they tried to put her shoulder back into place. Long story short, after shoulder surgery, she has been left with a 'frozen' shoulder, meaning she basically can’t lift her arm above shoulder height without assistance and never will be able to. – "Even after the accident, she has stayed consistent with her #CrossFit routine, modifying movements around her shoulder. After three years of doing modified rope climbs, Kaine encouraged her to try a regular rope climb about four weeks ago. Now look at her go! I am so proud of you, mom! ❤️" – —Britteny from @gascity_crossfit in Medicine Hat, AB, Canada 🇨🇦
We’re not professional athletes.
We work five days a week for nine hours a day. We have families, friends and pets. And we are not superstars. But we do call ourselves athletes. We deserve that!
🤳🏼@crossfit_enoch: “What a difference a year makes! In June of 2017, I was severely overweight after the birth of my 3rd child. I was dealing with diastasis recti (aka split abs) and desperately looking for a solution to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. One night, my neighbor Mindy told me she had joined a local CrossFit box and she thought I should give it a try too. Thanks to CrossFit Enoch and a major diet change, here I am today 48lbs lighter and went from wearing a size 20 to a size 8. It has been an amazing journey that is still going. I have met some amazing friends along the way and I just wanted to thank everyone for all the support. To my husband, friends and family, and to my CrossFit coaches! Thank you!! My life is forever changed! To anyone looking for the secret. Like my coaches say, there is no magic pill, just a lot of hard work. And hard work pays off! :)” #CrossFit @crossfithealth @crossfitaffiliates
We don’t care about titles. Or being the fittest on Earth.
We just want hours. Hours of hard work spent with our coaches and fellow athletes. For us it’s not about winning an event, but rather climbing up and over our own obstacles. We don’t compete, we participate. Our finish line is endless, because we’re on this journey called passion.
My friends don’t understand why on Saturdays I get up early and go to the box. Or why I come back home at 10pm each day. Because for us box is not just a gym, it’s a sacred place where we feel belonged. Where different types, colours, body shapes, ages, haircuts, tattoos, levels, nationalities… come together and form a unique community. Community – the power of our sport!
🤳🏼@jeaninedeeb: Baby might be the size of a pineapple 🍍 at 35 weeks, but we are still trying to get low! 💪🏼 It’s crazy knowing there’s a mini human along for the wild ride. But, I couldn’t have it any other way. Staying active is all I’ve known how to do my whole life, and I’m glad my body hasn’t made me slow down too much throughout this adventure. #CrossFit
We don’t compete at the Games.
Although sometimes we dream about that. But we do compete with ourselves every time we step on that black rubber floor.
Although we don’t have big names, we still push through the pain. Every day. We turn our pain into power and squat more, pull higher and push through the WOD faster. We want to learn, seek knowledge and improve. But still Crossfit for us is not just a side afternoon activity. It’s the way of life.
We gain much more than money prizes. We earn self-belief, self-compassion and friendships.
We don’t strive to be on top of the event podium.
We’re searching our own greatness within. Any yet we’re only flash and blood to the bone. So sometimes we stumble, get hurt and take a break. But that’s ok. It’s ok to fall and have a rest.
Ella Combs, 59, of @sweatfactorycrossfit during a local competition. – Workout of the Day Tuesday 180605 Nancy 5 rounds for time of: 400-meter run 15 overhead squats Men: 95 lb. Women: 65 lb. Post time to comments. Compare to 160729. – Scaling This benchmark couplet is meant to be light and fast. Reduce the load on the overhead squat so you can perform all the reps unbroken and still run fast. – Intermediate Option 5 rounds for time of: 400-meter run 15 overhead squats Men: 65 lb. Women: 45 lb. – Beginner Option 4 rounds for time of: 400-meter run 10 overhead squats Men: 45 lb. Women: 35 lb. – 📸 @flsportsguy | #CrossFit
Ordinary Crossfitters – Because our victories are not defined with gold medals.
But rather with happy moments like achieving our first pull-up, first muscle-up, new snatch PR, running the first mile and deciding each day all over again we’re doing this for ourselves. Every day we decide on overcoming media’s news about obesity, health-treats and lost generation. For us women it means even more: Crossfit allow us to feel strong.
Robert Kacer of @collierycrossfit – Workout of the Day Wednesday 180627 For time: 2,000-meter row 1-mile run 2,000-meter row Post time to comments. – Scaling Intermediate athletes can complete this workout as prescribed. Beginner athletes should reduce the distances to keep their total time under 30 minutes. – Beginner Option 1,500-meter row 800-meter run 1,500-meter row – 📸 @anchorsaweighphotography | #CrossFit
I strongly believe moving daily heals conditions like depression, addiction and other issues. In my opinion sport should be prescribed as a medicine. But it’s not just your body doing was it created for: moving. It’s also the social support and empathy you get through sports like Crossfit.
When @pipconde and his six siblings opened @crossfitinfinitas in 2013, their goal was to become a training center for competitive CrossFit athletes. Today, the affiliate—located in Manila, Philippines🇵🇭—has more than 200 members and a new mission. – “Over the years, we have refined that original plan,” said Conde, 27. “We realized we’re more interested in giving people new hope and helping them get their health back.” – Read “Island Wars: The Fight Against Disease in the Philippines” by Emily Beers at Journal.CrossFit.com. – 📸 @richwellcorrea | #CrossFit | @crossfitaffiliates
And if anyone knows that, it’s us – the ordinary Crossfitters.
So maybe we are actually our own… or each others superstars?
🤳🏼@scale2skillz: It wasn’t a single moment. It was a vast collection of little moments that eventually pushed me to make the change. If you’re waiting for the motivation to do it, you’ll be waiting forever. Motivation is fleeting. It’s not a magic pill that exists somewhere. There is no quick cure. There are no shortcuts. # # People ask me how I did it. “Hard work and discipline” is always my answer. The most important thing is to find something that works and stick to it! It’s not any single moment, or any diet fad, or fast fix that’ll get you there. Take that first step today! # # #100lbsandcounting #10monthsandcounting #crossfit #rpstrength @rpstrength @rp_transformations @crossfittraining @crossfitmanassas #CrossFit