A Coach’s View…
“Youth is wasted on the young.” -George Bernard Shaw
Or maybe not.
I am so proud of the “young” at CFJ. I write a lot about the adults and parents who are building better versions of themselves, but I think it is safe to say any of them will tell you they wish they would have found CrossFit earlier in life. What if we didn’t have to spend so much time unlearning bad movement patterns? What if we had gotten stronger and built muscle mass to protect our bodies before we experienced injury from wear and tear? What if we could have been one of those awesome pregnant women throwing a barbell around? Okay, maybe that last one was just me talking, but you get the point. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
As adults we have to prioritize our time and energy. We might think it is cool to go against the grain and be different in the way we approach nutrition and fitness. I am not sure I would have been so bold at 18 or 24. Would I sit in a cafeteria full of my high school peers eating “weird paleo” food? Abigail does it every day. Would I spend my free time working out with my family? Nick comes straight from swim practice to hit a WOD with his dad when he could probably just hang with friends. Would I wake up early on the weekend to exercise? Ashley comes to open gym so she can make up a WOD she missed during the week. Would I have the self confidence to face that bar and risk failure? Brittany did when she tackled chest to bar pullups for the first time this week.
This is why I am so proud of our young athletes. They walk into CFJ with their heads held high. They are not scared of a challenge. They face whatever we throw at them and usually with a smile. They cheer for each other and support their peers. They show up and get the job done. They are not afraid of hard work and sweat. They are not afraid of standing out from the crowd. They are forging mental and physical strength.
Watching our young athletes gives me hope that we are making significant changes in the way this country sees health and wellness. I see them developing a lifelong desire for fitness. They are not chasing temporary aesthetic goals but rather they are nurturing positive lifestyle habits that will serve them well the rest of their lives. So, maybe youth is NOT wasted on the young.