As the 10 second clock counts down, you look at the other athletes around you and wonder if they’re thinking the same thing, “why on Earth did I agree to this?!” For new athletes and seasoned CrossFit veterans alike, these words can echo in the mind and cause doubt in the capacity to complete the work that has been set before them. This is especially apparent when it’s Murph time.
As athletes, what we do with that voice in our head is up to us. We can choose to listen to it, or we can do the smart thing, and ignore it. “I can’t do this” or worse “I don’t want to do this, so I just won’t.” Life is full of these moments, and if you as an athlete and a human being cannot muster up the will to overcome challenges, you will never see what you are truly capable of.
What does this have to do with Murph? Every CF box has athletes that are either afraid of the workout or simply choose to not participate. As a community, Crossfitters want to see everyone succeed, and push through their mental and physical barriers. So if you are someone that thinks you’re incapable of doing this workout, or you are just choosing not to, know that it’s your choice. However, the excitement of your family and peers is something that truly has no parallel. Show up. Do the WOD. Scale if you have to. Hi-five after!
Anyone unfamiliar with the workout “Murph” can check it out here. Okay, now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, hopefully you took the time to read the origin of the workout. It’s so much more than completing a series of movements trying to get the best time possible, it’s about coming together and being thankful for life and the company that we choose to keep in it.