When Greg Glassman was creating the concept of CrossFit, he wrote "Fitness in 100 Words" as a mission statement for fitness. You may or may not have noticed this written in big blue letters on our front window...! It reads:
"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean and jerk, and snatch. Similarly master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports."
Mastery of movements, varying patterns and breaking routine we do on a daily basis. But, this last part of the mission statement "regularly learn and play new sports" is something we often miss or neglect. We have lost that drive to play or learn new sports. Countless hours have been spent in the gym becoming more fit but we don't always apply that fitness to things outside of the gym.
A big part of our mission, Solid Ground's mission, is to help you lead a higher quality of life with fitness as the foundation. And this is exactly what we're talking about. Living a full life includes not just the hard work in the gym, but reaping the benefits in the rest of your life. It includes the learning and the play that all that hard work gives you the ability to engage in.
What's sad is that as adults many people have written themselves off - I'm not good at this, I don't play sports, etc. - and in so doing, they cut themselves off from the incredible benefits (social, psychological, neurological, physical, etc.) of getting outside our comfort zone and trying new things. Great news - you don't have to be good at anything. Nobody cares. How freeing is that? The benefit is for YOU to enjoy your new and growing levels of fitness - your coordination, your strength, your ability to MOVE your body.
This summer I challenge all of our members to go outside of your comfort zone and apply your fitness outside of the gym to something new. It may be a new sport, running a race, going dancing, taking a yoga class, or maybe even entering a local CrossFit competition. But I challenge everyone to step outside of the gym to apply the skills they acquired to something new and possibly uncomfortable. Your only job is to challenge yourself, and have FUN while you do it!
Yours in fitness,