Take full advantage of this unique opportunity.
CrossFitting on the road is an amazing opportunity to improve your skills and meet new people.
Working in finance means you may find yourself in NYC, and I’m there ten times a year.
Back in 2009, I was a new CrossFitter, but my ego and pecs had swelled after losing 25 pounds over the first few months. Things were different then – there was maybe one CrossFit in Manhattan, and if you could deadlift 225 for reps or hit Fran in 5 minutes, you were pretty legit. Or at least you thought you were. And I thought I was.
So I decided to drop in for a WOD at CrossFit NYC, the largest box in the world. I met some great folks right away and marveled at their facility on the 3rd floor on 26th St. The WOD was Barbara, a solid body weight workout, and I was ready to crush it.
Until Coach Court (Wing) took exception to my pushups, at which point I took exception to him. He refused to put my time on the board due to my form, and I was hot. Unfortunately it took me a while to realize two things:
- I was getting unbiased feedback from a professional with a fresh set of eyes, who actually took the time to observe my movement – that’s golden.
- My pushups really did suck. Court, if you ever see this, I thank you for your coaching. You were right.
To this day I feel badly about that incident. Be humble when visiting another CrossFit, and take constructive criticism for the fantastic opportunity it is.