Do you love? No, really truly love? When you're with your real friends, do you feel the love that is coming from them? Do you feel the love of yourself that's evidenced by showing up for class? Does your body know you love it enough not to go easy on it, to demand more of it? Can you love something after it's over, and see the lesson, even if in the middle all you want is to make it all stop? Are you opening to the greater you that's trying to emerge? Are you fueling that focus in your life? Are you willing to give up things in your life to be able to extend a greater heart space to all those around you? Do you feel love for the air in the middle of a workout? Is that passion inside of you fueled by a desire to shower the world with your love? Does your love in one part of your life ignite the love and passion in other parts? Are you reacting to life, or active looking for opportunities to share your unique gifts to the world? Do you know when your loving is beaming out of you? Do you hear the music trying to escape the confines of your mortal being? Have you loved today?
Keeping your midline stablized and your core tight keeps you both more safe & more powerful. This means a nice "straight" back. Of course, your spine has a natural curve, this is actually what we mean by a "flat back"or "keep the curve." Your back should maintain this, its strongest, position anytime you pick up a weight. Even if it's just a paperweight! This is the first "rule" for CrossFit, and for life! Keep it straight, push through the heels and get to those deadlifts!
Lookin' good (for us) is actually a byproduct of chasing performance. We all know people who may look great, but who can barely lift a bowl of cereal. Look at olympians, or any professional athlete. They aren't concerned with how they look, but how well they play the game. Turns out that the better we play, the better we look. That's an added benefit for us CrossFitters. We change our perception of which numbers we're chasing. We're chasing a sub-5 minute Fran, or 20+ rounds for Cindy, or a 2x bodyweight deadlift. By chasing these numbers, we find we have to align the rest of our lives. We taper our lives because it might affect our workout tomorrow. Turns out, it affects our life tomorrow as well. Being prepared for your workout translates into the rest of your day in nothing but a positive way. It has to. How many other people worked so hard today, by choice, that they weren't sure they were going to finish? Only those who know what a thruster is. (okay, alright, and maybe that squirrel bolting across the street....no wait he stopped...he's going back..stoppped again...right! Left! Make up your MIND!)
So let's keep checking performance, not the scale, not the mirror. Just that little number that gets written on the white board at the end of every workout.