Often on CrossFit.com (The Mainsite) a quote will be posted with the workout of the day.  On September 8th, 2011 the following quote from Robert Brault appeared.

Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius.

This statement is among the best ways to explain why I CrossFit.  Right around 4 years ago, when I began plunking around The Mainsite, trying whatever parts of the workouts I could with what little equipment I had access to, my goal was not to compete at exercise, or at least this particular type of exercise.  This was primarily due to the fact that I didn’t know CrossFit competitions existed, but also because even heavily scaled workouts were crushing me.  When I started CrossFitting I saw it as an excellent supplement to soccer and running.  I wanted to use CrossFit to run farther and faster, to push my talent to it’s limit.

As time went on, the benefits of CrossFit became clear.  I got into coaching and let other athletic interests fall by the wayside, so I’d have more time to devote to the Sport of Fitness.  I’ve continued to enjoy running, and have seen the positive results CrossFit can deliver to endurance athletes first hand.  I’m faster now at all distances than I’ve ever been, while also much stronger, but until recently I had not chosen to dedicate myself to reaching a particular goal, and really push the limits of my talent.

A week from this Sunday I’m setting out to test my fitness, and achieve a long time goal by running my first full marathon.  Many members of the CrossFit Fenway family have recently, or will be pushing themselves too, running races as long, or longer than they’ve run before, including several participating in the B.A.A. Half Marathon this Sunday (look for them if you happen to be anywhere along the course).  I’m so happy and proud to be a part of the process of so many of you discovering your talents, learning what you’re capable of, and expressing that ability as fully as possible.  Congratulations and good luck!

October 6, 2011
Strength: Jerk 5-5-5-5-5

15 Swings (24kg/16kg)
10 Box Jumps (24″/20″)

Schedule Update: No classes Monday, October 10th for the holiday

Garage Games: Registration is now open for the New England Finals to be held at CrossFit Southie on November 12th and 13th.  Competitors in the RX division need to be proficient with all barbell movements at 95#/65# and able to do unassisted pull-ups.  Scaled division athletes need similar competence at 65#/45# and able to do purple-banded pull-ups.  Click here to sign up.

20 thoughts on “Quotes”

  1. Hi all (smile).

    I try not to post too much, other than my ‘score’ for the day’s fun at CFF, but I did want to say that I think it would be really cool to see everyone running this weekend’s 1/2 marathon wearing the CFF colors. I’ve cheered our athletes and coaches on at a few competitions, and am looking forward to running with a CFF logo on my shirt this Sunday. I couldn’t have done it without you (and that’s no joke).


    1. I too am running the BAA 1/2 this weekend. It will be my first race since starting CrossFit back in June. Can’t wait to put myself to the test on Sunday. I have definitely seen improvements in all aspects of my running since starting CrossFit. Now I get to measure those improvements.

      Anyone have a CFF shirt I can buy/borrow for Sunday?


      1. I’m running too. I’ll reluctantly disrobe from my Christopher Columbus outfit and wear a Fenway Tshirt instead.

        Are there extra Fenway Singlets kicking around? It is supposed to be 83 degrees on Sunday.

  2. Can I just say holy cow look at the calves on all three of those folks? Can’t ID them, but they are ah-maze-ing!

  3. I’m going to tell a little story today of stress dreaming. I finally had gotten to sleep at a reasonable time last night to make sure I was well-rested for today’s WOD. Somehow, though, dream John had become convinced that dream Stacey had told him not only did he have to be early to the gym, but he had to make sure to get some dream individual to the gym early/on-time or we would both be in trouble.

    So this morning I wake up and look at my watch and see: X:38 and in a panic get up, get dressed, grab my bag, and rush out the door as I normally try to be gone on or before X:38 let alone X:55. I hustle to the T to get on not really noticing no one is driving or up around me like normal until I get to the T gates and realize they’re all still locked.

    I had gotten up at 2:38 instead of 5:38, and I slunk back to my bed to try write this story of stress dreaming and catch a few more ‘zzz’s. *sad trombone*

  4. Push Jerk: 35kg which i think is a pr?

    WOD: 6+23 Rx. I was really hoping for somewhere in the 7’s, but i broke up too many of my KBs. damn!

    good luck to everyone half marathoning this weekend! that’s exciting!

  5. Push Jerk: 65kg x5 = 5kg PR

    WOD: 7+4. RX.
    A lesson from this one: I shouldn’t think about the end goal in rounds or time; instead, I should focus on finishing all the sets unbroken, or whatever my goal is. The round number, 8 in this case, gets in my head. 15 swings is a more concrete goal than 1 more round.

    1. good point! i think that may have been what i let get in my head, and then when i ended up breaking up my swings, i accepted defeat then and there instead of trying to fight to go unbroken.

  6. Push Jerk : 32 kgs.. Didn’t want to push it with my shoulder being a bit of a pain these days..
    WOD: 6+4 RX .. Unbroken swings but I need to learn how to rebound my box jumps.

    Great work 9 AM!!!!

  7. Push Jerk: 35KG (I said 45KG in the morning. Oops.)
    WOD: 6 rounds (I grabbed a 12KG kettlebell instead of 16KG. Oops.)

    Bad day all around but I liked this workout.

  8. Jerk – 28 kg. This was a PR for 5, but I really wasn’t feeling the jerk tonight.

    But on a more positive note, I was able to RX the WOD (I think this was my second PR workout):
    6 round + 15. This is the only movement where I actually use my hips correctly (I think).

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