What the 2012 CrossFit Open Workouts Have Meant to the Everyday Athlete
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The 2012 CrossFit Games were full of surprises. From the first day, there was a new champion crowned. And from day two through day ten, it seemed like every other athlete had something special going for them. But then came day eleven…and twelve…and thirteen….and fourteen…..and fifteen……and sixteen……and seventeen……and eighteen…..
And so it goes.
But today’s post isn’t about the games themselves. Today’s post is all about what those games have meant to me personally. I’ve been training at CrossFit HQ for almost three years now, and while I’ve only competed once (in my very first meet), I’m still here because of the community that surrounds this sport.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone in thinking this way. Over the last few weeks, several members of our team have expressed similar sentiments. So many times during these past four years, I’ve heard “it just wasn’t meant to be” or “you’re doing great!” when really they mean it with their own words. They don’t necessarily want me to fail; they just want me to succeed.
I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but I do know this: it takes a community to build a champion. I’ve seen it first hand with our team. And I’ll be damned if we don’t at least try to extend that privilege to everyone who is willing to put in the work.
There are no words that can accurately describe how amazing these four years have been. I’ve laughed harder, cried harder, lifted heavier, and traveled further than I ever thought possible. And while I’m sure my journey is far from over, today I’m going to take a moment to reflect on the last four years.
For me, the 2012 Open wasn’t just another fitness challenge. It was a celebration of the people who have helped me get to where I am. Without them, none of this would have been possible.
This is for you.
The 2012 Open: What the Heck Does It All Mean?
Four years ago, we started a movement in the little box down the street from the CrossFit HQ. And ever since then, our community has been growing stronger and stronger every single year.
In 2009, there were only a few of us who qualified for the open. The following year, that number doubled. And then it doubled again the year after that. By 2011, over a thousand people from our little gym alone qualified for the open. That number doesn’t even take into account all of the other gyms around the world.
For me personally, it’s hard not to get emotional about these numbers. All I’ve ever wanted to do is share this sport with as many people as possible. And the fact that so many people have been willing to listen to my crazy ideas is mind blowing.
I remember having a conversation with my old boss at the liquor store four years ago when I told him what I was planning to do. At first, he thought I was joking. Not because CrossFit was a joke, but because he just couldn’t believe that anyone in their right mind would want to train as hard as we do. He thought I was either insane or had a superhuman immune system.
Since then, he’s watched the sport grow exponentially. And while he’s still not sure about it, he has seen the change in my own personal development over the years. Which is cool, because it gives me an opportunity to tell people that even fat guys can do it.
And that’s really what this is all about. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or what your past experiences are. If you’re willing to work hard and have fun, then you can achieve anything.
To our competitors this year, I say good luck. And not just in the Open; I mean good luck for the rest of your life. It’s a crazy world out there; the odds are against you in almost everything you do. But if you keep your mind open and work hard, then anything is possible.
To my athletes, I say the same thing. The next few weeks are going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. But after that, anything is possible.
And to our community, I say this: We’ve all got each other’s backs no matter what. No matter if you’re a competitor or not, we’re all in this together.
Let’s do this.
P.S. If you haven’t seen it already, make sure you read The Declaration of Independence from CrossFit.
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