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Work Hard, Play Hard

CrossFit isn't easy. But we wouldn't have it any other way.


CrossFit has a new series of promotional videos — Awakening, The Barista, The Carpenter —which show regular people going about their lives and jobs but making time to train CrossFit. As I head back to my “real job” (high school English teacher and soccer coach) this week, I am inspired by these ads and reminded that fitting in training around my work schedule and life takes a little more effort but needs to remain a focal point.

I’m also reminded of a quote last week from CrossFit: “This is CrossFit. No one is going to stop you from stopping. Nobody is going to be disappointed if you scale down. You have nothing to prove to anyone but to yourself. And that might be the most important aspect of CrossFit.” —Adam Coccia

Nothing’s easy about CrossFit. And I don’t want it to be easy. When I get up at 4:15 a.m. to drive 20 minutes so I can train at 5 in the morning, it’s not easy. I know that there will be some days when my body and mind will get more used to the early rise and grind, but this first week back will be a struggle. Training with the 5 a.m. class and then coaching the 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. groups before heading into a full day in front of 100 new students is going to be a daunting schedule. Throw more than two hours of soccer coaching in each day this next week and I know I’ll be wiped out every night.

This is my choice. It’s not easy. But it’s what I love to do.

Balancing work and play (if you care to entertain the notion of CrossFit training as “play”) is never going to be the simplest of tasks. A lot of 9-to-5ers would argue that there just isn’t enough time to get that workout in. But to me, that is just an excuse — probably the same excuse they’ve made each time they tackle a month of “low-fat” and “fat-free” eating and then don’t see any results.

Our affiliate has classes at 5 a.m., 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. as well as afternoon and evening classes. These would fit around almost anyone’s work schedule. So the excuse that of “not enough time” all comes down to a matter of not making the time.

I think we exist sometimes in a reality where making the quickest or easiest choice is often the preferred method. People want results but want a quick fix in the form of a pill, shake or supplement. Even if I run into people and they notice that I’m not overweight or out of shape and they ask what I’ve been doing, I can tell immediately by the disappointment in their faces when I start talking about cutting out soda, processed foods and sugar instead of just the name of a pill or drink that will let them drop weight in a matter of days.

There’s nothing easy about working, coaching, being a husband, a dad, paying bills and finding time for CrossFit. But if you’d like to do the first things on this list for a long time, I’d suggest you find a way to arrange your schedule to invest time into your body and mind.

Make sure there is a balance because if the scale tips too much toward all work and little play, you might not be able to play when you do finally get a chance.

How do you balance your work and training?

Stay on the Grind.