The best is the enemy of good-
Why do we allow others to inflict the burden of excellence upon ourselves when we’re not even sure what it means? The broad discussion I am asking you to contemplate this morning: Is the quest for “elite” performance – results, eroding our true inner ambition, our true talents?
We should not be pushed away from developing enthusiasm, passion for our talents. We should not be trapped inside what is regarded as potential by the supportive folks around us. In essence: We are being caged by possibility. We are being driven towards developing an “excellence” that might be better called “obsession.”
“Excellence” shouldn’t be a burden every time you click in, go for a run, step with presence on your yoga mat; achievement shouldn’t be a weathered rope around your neck in the gym(box) or a weight tied tightly around your waist. Doing well, just being you. Should be a choice, a gift, a chance, a pleasure … a chance to be free.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you-
Undoubtedly you have noticed some changes here over the past fortnight. Since day one we have been changing, this applies to your cute life story as well. Indeed many “things” in life change and if you could allow us a few moments of your precious time, we would like to share some questions we received recently via email. Each one hints at change and rather than writing a painfully, bloviated post? Prolixity is not something you will find here …
*We are paraphrasing the emails for your reading pleasure.
Tom – From Seattle
… Great site! Could you tell me more about your early posts? You guys seem to have quite a distaste towards CrossFit, the purveying atmosphere around CrossFit and those who choose to engage in extreme fitness programs?
Tom, our story here is one of injury, pain and suffering. Almost all of our off-line members (many of you as well) have suffered life altering injuries participating in events they loved and CrossFit just so happens to one of them. The early posts were raw with emotion, hate and vitriol … Then something changed. The problem was not the event, sport or routine (CrossFit). It was us. Hate is a powerful emotion that has evaporated over time and the more closely you analyze the details relating to the injuries, trying to find causation … You realize that you yourself are the problem.
Trish – From Auckland
… I’m curious as to why you guys switched to a Creative Commons License?
Trish, from post number one CultFit has been uncopyrighted. In essence this means every post has been released in the public domain, and the copyright on these posts as well.
There is no need to email asking for our permission … Everyone reading this today is free to use our content, however you choose! Email it, Pin-It, Like It, Share It, Write a book with “IT”. Your credit is appreciated but not required.
What you see here is yours, to do as you please. Our mindset of Seva is to give and not to hold, to let go of ownership and free ourselves of the stress and pain of trying to protect ownership (writing a book – copyrights). It is from this humble mindset that we embrace uncopyright. We sincerely hope that in doing so, our community will be better for it and we will all have a smile on our faces.
Valentines Day will be the last day we post here at WordPress. You will be able to find us at Cultfit.org from then on out. There will be no “Likes” or “Follows” but rest assured we will be kicking around these parts enjoying your thoughts, company and inspiring posts.
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Much like life, our new site is in work and evolving. Enjoy the rest of your weekends and be well!
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example-
Top Tips, Advice, Input … All of these are tedious and boring, something we painstaking try not to push your way. The closest we have ever come to “Advice” is ‘Ole Uncle Mo gently slapping you up side the noggin, and let’s be honest: We all need a good slap up side the head from time to time.
So on that note, we will be tossing out some talking points this week as we slowly start to fall into hibernation here in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a slow process but we all do it, yeah you too!!! Our hibernation starts with the shorter days and the cooler temps, then the excuses start to pour in: Too Cold, Too Dark, Too Many Pumpkin Spiced Everything’s!
“Hey girl! Check out the Chica over on the treadmill. Yeah, the one there chatting up the new trainer dude … She has and will soon have everything you want in life?!?”
Jealousy and Envy are great personal tools to use, albeit when used with tact and great care.
Jealousy and Envy are rather ugly, nasty emotions we display more times during the day than we initially thought. You know what though? These handy little emotions secretly tell us the truth about our inner-most feelings. When was the last time you envied or were jealous of someone having a flip-phone? Never … The fact is: You only envy those who have what you desire the most … You are only jealous when you feel someone has taken something from you.
Most of you reading today spend too much time running away from life, quite literally in fact. If we stop for a moment to embrace our emotions, whatever they may be? We can learn so much from them. Our emotions are here: To teach us, to guide us and to help us make the tough decisions we face in life.
Dust off the Jump Rope and let’s get after this program while the day is still young.
Mess around with your trusty rope for a few minutes to Warm Up. Followed By:
Jump Rope (for one minute)
3 Turkish Get Ups (each side)
Once again this is not AMRAP … 30 minutes would be nice?!? If you fancy yourself as Uncle Rico? Carry on with AMRAP, just keeping it real peeps!
Jealousy and Envy (when used properly) can open up the world you were oblivious to or may have taken for granted, before you read this post of course!?! Take care today and ENJOY!!!
This above all: To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man-
Good morning dear reader! If you stopped by today to hang out and read about the wonderful breakfast we have planned and the totally awesome workout we will be doing later? Now is a good time to scurry along and live vicariously through another blog-o-thingy. Authenticity…We love your “cute” little pictures of the charming breakfast you put together just as much as the next peep. Is it really you? We’re saying it’s not and the sooner we all agree to this the sooner we can press on…
Our struggle with authenticity transcends fitness and it hit us yesterday reading through some interesting blogs. We read maybe fifty blogs yesterday (a small sample size) of peeps proclaiming their excellence during a normal Monday; one after another making life seem so great with big broad smiles, fantastic dinner ideas and bloviated opinions. As the “likes” started pouring in…We applauded their terrific Pottery Barn perfect lives. Five fleeting minutes later we were left doubting what we had just digested: Were these peeps real? How many of these people are there lurking on the inter-webz?
With the evolution of our hyper obsessed, media driven society. It truly is hard to believe anyone’s appearance is real anymore, on-line or in real life (is there even a difference now?). Call us crazy or old-fashioned but we like to believe that there are areas of our lives that will remain free from this growing trend in our society. In the end, “WE” understand it’s not really possible to enrich/enhance who we are as individuals without working on ourselves from the inside out, or without authentic hard work.
Hopefully we took a few notes from yesterday to apply to today’s program? Any problems tumbling around? Did you do it gracefully or like a desk/office jockey?
Trail Run/Walk/Bike/Swim…Until you feel you are warmed up enough, followed by:
Yesterday’s Warm Up is Today’s Workout:
Forward Rolls X 10
Backward Rolls X 10
Dive Rolls X 10
Quick Rolls (3 successive rolls as fast as possible) X 5
Forward Roll To Bear Crawl
Backward Roll To Crab Crawl
High Knees (running, 40m)
Butt Kicks (running, 40m)
High Knees (running drill, 40m)
Butt Kicks (running drill, 40m)
One Legged Hops (get up high, extend, 40m)
Two Legged Hops (get up high, extend, 40m)
Backpedal (backwards run, reaching back, 40m)…
Turn up the intensity knob a tad and get into the running drills actively! Followed by:
10 Minutes of Hanging Around…
Life is not all about perfectly sliced and presented warm apple pie…ENJOY!!!