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Keeping Things in Perspective

So, here at CrossFit Marin it can be difficult keeping things in perspective. This place can be intimidating for new folks. I often have to talk people through that first step of getting involved. They come to check out the gym and see a group of our regulars during a class/workout. Their immediate response is that they can’t do what these people are doing. Many of them think that they will never be able to do what the class is doing. I then point out that several folks in the class have only been coming for a few months. The response is generally along the lines of “oh, well they must have been really athletic coming in”. Ok, yes that is true in some cases, but more often it is not the case. So, the new people sign up, get through foundations and start training. In two months they are at a point where they intimidate the new people. This makes it appear like we have no beginners. The rapid progress is great, but it does have an impact on the phyche of anyone wanting to give it a try.

I also have to be careful to not let my perspective shift with the progress of the gym. The median for performance keeps going up. We have more people who have been training with us longer and shift things upward. So if I just go by what appears to be “normal”, I start expecting a little too much from the “average” person. This is a great problem to have. It is just important for me to keep things in perspective.

This capacity of the average CrossFit Marinite can also have a negative impact on even some of our more experienced members. This happened a few days back with Marcia T. I got to post a video of her first pull up in Marcia Hits a Pull up. We were doing a strength day with leg lifts. She was there at 9am and struggling with the leg lifts. She came to me to question why she was unable to get her feet to the bar. It didn’t really phase me because this is a tough movement and most people can’t do it correctly and a LOT of people can’t do it at all. Marcia then pointed out that everyone else in the class could do it. Sure most were not with totally locked legs, but sure enough, everyone else in the class was able to get their feet to the bar. So Marcia was feeling bad because the perspective was messed up. Because the rest of her class could pull this thing off she felt that she ought to be able to do it as well. Now, had we had some other random folks off the street in there that couldn’t even get their legs to horizontal (which is a more accurate average), her perspective would have been more realistic.

So, keep things in perspective. Sure you may get beat by folks in the gym, but the median in our gym is a pretty high bar to try and match. Strive to get there, but do not get down on yourself if you are not able to do what the other crazy freaks in our gym can do. BTW, yes, this video is of a new guy. However, he has a gymnastics background… Perspective.

2 Responses to “Keeping Things in Perspective”

  1. Nick says:

    You reminded me of the Total Perspective Vortex from the HHGTTG. “You are here.”

  2. Patricia says:

    You can just point the nervous newbies in my direction. Here is Patricia - she’s been here quite awhile, and she still can’t drag her bootie up on the pull up bar. Yes her bootie has grown since she started (which helps with her dead lift) but has contributed in making the pull up ever elusive.. :-)

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