I had no CrossFit Community Month visits for today so I drove on out to CrossFit Pleasanton to hang with the beasts during their Powerlifting event. Damn did this pump me up! It was basically a huge gym packed to the walls with strong as sh*t people! Yeah, just to put things in perspective, the max attempt on the day was 945#. Think about that. 945 pound on your back, squatting your ass to the ground and standing back up with it, crazy! Unfortunately he did not make any of his three attempts, but standing next to that dude made me feel like I could PR my own squat by 20 pounds or more. Dude, looking at that picture makes me feel like I can PR!
Now this was something I could get in to! There really seems to be a tight community in the powerlifting world, and I think that stems from the need to have a large group of people crowded close to you as you attempt a lift. There really is no other sport (that I am aware of) where you have the support directly next to you. Each athlete had a judge in front of them, two to the sides, two spotters at the ends of the bar and another spotter behind them Then, to add to the energy, the crowd was packed in tight around the rack and people would just erupt with each attempt. Athletes would get help into their suits, get help getting their knee-wraps on, getting chalk on their backs and so on. There was a whole lot of camaraderie going on and that is something I really like.
Something that came up in conversation while there was the benefit of CrossFitters getting involved in events like this. I really see a shift occurring in the CrossFit community as it grows where people are realizing just what they can do wit their new-found athleticism. CrossFit HQ has been promoting these ideas by putting on events/challenges like the USAW/CrossFit competition, and their new line of CrossFit Sports Series (climbing, paddle boarding, skiing). Seeing how the concept of CrossFit is to build up generalized physical fitness, it is the perfect base for anyone and everyone who wishes to become better at a sport. My baseball players benefit from their increased athleticism and are able to adapt to the many technical skills needed for playing their sport. The same can be said for any athlete hoping to perform any sport. The more athletic you are, the better you will be at your sport. And the great thing is for most people, the more athletic you are, the more excited you;ll be to try different sports. With the increase in athletic events people can sign up for the past few years (running, triathlon, adventure races, warrior dashes, powerlifting, Olympic lifting and of course, CrossFit), there are almost endless possibilities!
Thanks to this, the sports are realizing there is a huge new market they can bring in, and are getting together with CrossFit to help boost their cultures. It's the perfect marriage of fitness! Everyone is starting to work together to help people pursue athleticism. God there is nothing better than this!
Well, on that note, I have WAY too many ideas flowing through my head to focus enough on writing, so I'm going to head off into Courage day dream world! I have an absolutely crazy week ahead of me, fun yes, but it's going to be a huge test of my physical abilities and limits. Also, yet more crazy big news to share with everyone that will be coming out at the end of the week, so, yeah, wait for that!
Here's the schedule for the week:
Monday - CrossFit SOMA
Tuesday - San Francisco CrossFit and Mad Dawg Fitness
Wednesday - LaLanne Fitness
Thursday - CrossFit Palo Alto
Friday - CrossFit Petaluma
Saturday - CrossFit Sonoma County
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