We do this hard work in the gym to enable us to pursue adventure OUTSIDE the gym. On your deathbed, you might not care about your max-rep thruster, but you WILL be glad you climbed the Grey Sisters in Australia. And the thrusters helped you do it.
In conversation with a friend this last week, I mentioned that I was in the middle of planning out our new location. He said, “You must have the most interesting life.” And that’s a great compliment.
Few of us will ever be the smartest of our circles.
Few of us will ever be the best-looking.
Few of us will be the wealthiest.
Few of us will win the CrossFit Games or make it to the NHL.
But ALL of us can be interesting. And fitness creates that opportunity better than anything else.
You don’t need money to run a marathon. You don’t need to be a model to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or a millionaire to sail around the world. But doing ANY of these three would make you more interesting than any millionaire, model or professional athlete. Infinitely so.
You won’t count your money on your deathbed (I think if you have $5 left at the end, you should give it to the nurse and go out broke). You won’t gaze at old pictures of yourself or carry the Stanley Cup into the bright light. But your story, if you have a good one, will survive. So I want you to write a good one.
My goal is to create interesting experiences for you. To create new chapters, or funny little episodes that will make you fold the page forever. Many times, when I see people outside the gym, they’ll say “Hey, remember that time I …” and share a story from my gym. Many people have rewritten their life story at CrossFit Land Mine. This whole summer has given us the opportunity to write new chapters.
Having a training goal is valuable to the point of necessity. Having a road map to help you achieve it is critical. But finishing with a great story—that’s really the goal of all of it. And fitness is the platform to get you there.
Ride a bike, run a distance, or tear down a beaver dam: You’re going to need the gym. Now is the best time to start, we can help.
Inspiration provided by Riley Trombley at landmine.fitness.