Happy Father’s Day CFTP,
There are so many of you I look up to and the example you set as fathers. Thank you for being an example to your children and to me.
I’ve always loved the quote by Henry Rollins in the picture above.
“The iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told you’re a god or a total bastard. The iron will always kick you the real deal. The iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”
This is what I love about the barbell but really anything we do at The Point. It could be said that a muscle up is a muscle up or a pullup, a pullup. It can be said that “Fran” is “Fran” and there is no denying what is being asked of us when this comes up as the workout of the day.
There is no hiding from the iron. 200 pounds today will be 200 pounds tomorrow. The question is: if you can’t lift that bar today… Will you be able to tomorrow? It will never change. It will always be there and the question lies with us: Are we up for the challenge the iron asks of us? Are we willing to put in the work to conquer the iron?
The iron isn’t only there to prove our strength but it is there to teach us. Henry Rollins says it perfect again in the below quote:
“When the iron doesn’t want to come off the mat, it’s the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn’t teach you anything.”
I have learned so much about myself when all there was in the room was myself and a barbell. The barbell has punched me in the face, fallen on my back, and crushed me into the ground and every time I had the courage to get up, I learned. Every time I doubted myself, I learned something about myself. I learned something about my body and I learned a lot about my mental fortitude.
When I tore my adductor two years ago I had to learn a very tough lesson. When you are an athlete and you are unable to compete like you once did, it can be very depressing. The past 2 years have been the toughest. Luckily, I was surrounded by all of you and I was able to live through your successes. It taught me that my athletes’ success is my success. When I see you conquering the iron everyday, it strengthens me and motivates me.
One final quote from Henry Rollins:
“The iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it is impossible to turn back.”
I love that last part. Once the mind and body is awakened to their true potential, it is impossible to turn back. This is so true! Over and over and over again I see people do things they never thought they could do. I have seen people lift weights they never dreamed were possible. I’ve seen individuals conquer movements that just months before seemed impossible. I’ve seen them transform their bodies, dropping fat and adding muscle like seasoned pros! When they conquer these feats, a fire is lit. There is no stopping them.
I see this fire burning inside and outside the gym. I have seen people’s whole mindset change and their demeanor completely transform. The iron is truly the best antidepressant out there. I have seen just the opposite happen as well. I have seen people decide, for whatever reason (sometimes unavoidable due to time or circumstances), that they weren’t going to come into the gym anymore. I can see the impact it has on their mind and their body. It makes me sad because I have seen them in a better mindset before and I know that they can potentially be in a happier place.
I hope you all continue to fight and to pursue your true potential and that you allow myself and my training team to help take you there.
Today’s spotlight is! Steven Clyde AKA Scoob!
1. How long have you been at The Point?
Almost exactly 2 years.
2. What do you do for a living?
I’m a software engineer at Control4. Aka I’m a geek that’s hunched over at a computer for 12 hours a day.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Lots and lots of hiking and climbing. Before that I lifted at the gym in high school and college. I stopped lifting when I started getting stretch marks near my armpits from getting too big too fast. You would think that would be a good problem to have, but at the time it terrified me.
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
Ring muscle ups, but let me explain. I had never heard of or seen a muscle up done before crossfit. A few weeks or months in several people were practicing and egged me on to try it. I stepped on some blocks, got into a false grip as instructed and pulled right up into a muscle up. My mind was blown, but my victory was short lived; after that first one, I couldn’t do another for the life of me, for almost a year! I tried and tried and tried. Eventually I got it again, but with terrible form that Dan will probably remember as ‘the chicken wing’. I have since kept practicing and practicing, and can now do them with almost proper form. Long story short, muscle ups are my favorite accomplishment because I never gave up and worked by butt off to get them right.
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Take it easy!! I still remember my first day; I had no idea what I was doing and pushed it too hard anyway. As a result, I didn’t quite make it to work before having to pull over and vomit everywhere. Miguel can attest, I then made my way to work only to lay under my desk for about an hour before I was functional again. So take your time, don’t insist on RXing anything until you’re comfortable with the weight.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Hand stand push-ups. Thanks to climbing, I have strong wrists and triceps and can generally power through them quickly. I really like doing them on paralletes, but Dan made me stop because it was slowing me down and I wasn’t getting enough of the wods in
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
There are so many I genuinely love, but for whatever reason Murph is always the one that rises to the top of the list when I think about it.
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Double unders, sigh… I’m happy to finally be able to do ‘single-double-single-double’, etc – but getting tired of effectively doing twice the work (and time) to reach the count in a wod. There are so many things I’m terrible at, but none as infuriating. Also butterfly pull-ups (damn my terrible coordination!)
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I didn’t know much about it, but from what little I knew I thought it was way overpriced for something I could seemingly do most of at a gym or even at home. What I didn’t know was just how valuable the coaching and family like community are. Now I’d never leave.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
For several months, Clint kept trying and trying to get me to try out this crossfit thing. I was partly against the cost (already having a relatively expensive membership to the climbing gym) and also afraid I was going to have stretch mark issues again. Then came the famous 3 month deal that I was told I couldn’t pass up, so I tried it. I was convinced for 2 months and 2 weeks that I would not be renewing. I was in pain nearly every day of every week and still felt relatively weak. Right around the 3rd week of the 3rd month, I stopped getting sore, started getting PRs and decided to stick around. Best decision I’ve ever made. I often refer to my crossfit friends as family, because it has been a community of support like no other. It doesn’t matter if you’re scaling or RXing, going slow or fast, several people will be at your side cheering you on no matter what. Further to the point, the coaches have the patience of saints. I have the worst coordination ever and it took me a long time to learn proper form of most movements (still working on several) but none of the coaches have given up on me, and all have offered different feedback that together has helped me tremendously.
Coach Dan: Scoob has become a close friend and has such an amazing attitude. He is one of the most consistent athletes in the gym. Not only that, he also takes time out of his day to help me and The Point out during competitions and when we need to build something new. He has helped me assemble many items that we all enjoy at The Point now. Thank you Scoob for being a great example of what a team player is and for being so willing to learn and to improve.
Coach Wheeler: “I mean what a troll!!! Haha Scoob is the man. Comes in and does work. Fun to coach. Listens and pushes himself to get better. Plus twerks with the best of them.”
Coach Leslie: “Scoob is so great! I love his grit and determination, he always pushes himself to do and be better! I have loved watching him improve and progress. He knows where he’s at because he tracks it, and is always setting and reaching goals because of it!”
Coach Mandy: “He’s got some beautiful Cleans!! ?
Such a hard worker, so humble and always finishes, no matter what!!”
Coach Emily: “Scoob! I’ve never had the pleasure to coach him, but he is a quiet (in person, not over messenger), hard working guy! I love his persistence in improving himself. And he is a great CrossFit uncle to Scarlet!”
Coach JoAnn: “I look forward to both coaching and WODing with Scoob. He has one of the best attitudes of any athlete I’ve coached, and always has a smile on his face (well, maybe not during the assault bike…). He cheers for the person next to him until they are done. And as an athlete, he is strong. Usually strict movements are some of the most difficult because of the strength they require, but not in his case. He came in with those movements and has built on them. So happy Scoob is at CFTP!”