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3/5 “The barbell doesn’t care”

Posted on March 5th, 2013 by Sara No Comments

Here’s a great write up I found from competeeveryday.com…definitely worth the read!

Skinny. Large. The barbell doesn’t care what size you are. The barbell doesn’t care what color your hair is, or if you even have hair on your head. Games strong. Rookie “strong.” The barbell doesn’t care.

It doesn’t judge you based on physical appearance. It doesn’t judge you based on what your body fat percentage is. It judges you on if you can lift it. It judges you if you have the heart to keep lifting it when you get tired and worn out. It judges you when you set it down and face whatever life throws at you head-on.  Just move the barbell

It didn’t care that I’d never look half as good with my shirt off as some of the fitness competitors. Or that I was pasty white. It only cared if I could pick it up and throw it down.

When I found CrossFit, everything changed. The difference between our athletes and a lot of models in considered “fit” – our athletes build strength to enhance their everyday life, not just “look pretty.” They’d CrossFit even if there wasn’t The Games. If no one ever saw them complete a WOD or lift heavy, they’d still CrossFit.

They work to be stronger for life. They work to be stronger to compete against life…And everything it throws at them. They bust their tail in workouts just like the mother of four next to you this morning did – to feel better, to look better, but more importantly, to help them get through life better. Functionally better.

How well we can lift our kids into the air when playing with them. How much easier it is to walk up three flights of stairs and not be completely gassed. How well will our bodies move. Up and down. Side to side. Jumping. Running. Rowing. We aren’t consumed with physical appearances – although we see amazing results physically from CrossFit. We are consumed with getting better everyday.

The barbell does not discriminate. It does not profile. It doesn’t care if you look like models on TV or what the world says is “hot.” The barbell doesn’t care if you’re skinny, large, or muscular. CrossFit doesn’t care what you look like or where you came from. The barbell doesn’t either. Both just care where you’re going. What you plan to do when you pick up that barbell. What you plan to do when life tries to knock you down.

The barbell just cares if you’re willing to give it your all for 5, 10, 15, or 60 minutes in a WOD… …and then keep giving it your all for the remaining 23 hours in the day. If you’re willing to compete. Every day. That’s all the barbell cares about.

That’s all we should care about

Strength: Back Squat – 3X5 @ 75%, 3X3 @ 85% – rest 2:00 minutes
WOD: AMRAP 2 burpees
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5 rounds of:
5 Power Cleans 155/105#
10 HR Push-ups
15 Air Squats
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AMRAP 2 burpees
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3 rounds of:
5 Power Cleans 155/105#
10 HR Push-ups
15 Air Squats
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AMRAP 2 burpees

*Strict 20 minute cap.

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