Buy In

I remember the first time I ever heard of CrossFit. A friend of mine overheard me complaining about my inner tube and general surfeit of pudgy wussitude. He waited until I was alone and then sidled over to me and started whispering about some “crazy” fitness routine he was doing with some other odd balls in Rancho Park. He had an odd glint in his eye, which made his dissertation both spell-binding and terrifying. I had the distinct impression that he was luring me into the occult.

CrossFit was still underground in those days; the CrossFit Games were still being held in Aromas; ESPN and Reebok wouldn’t have touched CrossFit with a ten foot pole. Back then you had to lurk the hidden recesses of the interweb to learn anything about CrossFit, and the information available was remarkably uninformative. How things have changed! Nowadays every issue of Muscle and Fitness has a glossy feature on CrossFit. True, the M&F articles are remarkably uninformative but you get the point.

CrossFit is no longer the province of wild-eyed heretics. Buying into CrossFit is easy now. But that’s not your problem. Because buying into CrossFit just gets you in the door. When the timer starts you have to buy into yourself. Buying into yourself is the hardest thing that you will ever do. How do you know you can do something unless you do it?

But as Henry Ford famously said, “whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you’re probably right.” Since the odds are even, you may as well put your helmet on and get in the game.

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