Michael Houghton is a big guy. He’s a former NFL player (a Tackle for the Carolina Panthers). He’s also a 4th grade teacher and an affiliate (CrossFit 951). He believes that CrossFit is the best fitness program around. But sometimes, he says, these beliefs lead to arrogance and unfair judgments.
We CrossFitters take so much pride in being fit that sometimes we lose perspective and forget that there are people out there who are better than us at what they do. I’m not saying that Coach or many others feel this way. I’m just saying that the longer CrossFit is around, and the bigger it gets, the more elitist people’s attitudes seem to get. I have often found myself saying things like, “Well, that’s a waste of time” when I see people out running. Really, though, who am I to judge? At least they are out there doing something. As in-shape as I thought I was for the half-marathon, people absolutely smoked me in that race. They shouldn’t have—according to my big ego.
What I am trying to say is that as CrossFitters, we need to really keep our sense of humility about us. We know we are extremely fit. We know that we can do more than a good percentage of the population, but we forget how much we got our asses handed to us in the beginning of our CrossFit careers. We know it is still going to whip our tails, but the difference is that we know it. There is no going into a workout with a sense that it will be easy. We are experienced enough to know that the simpler or easier it looks, the more devilish it is. Case in point: 400m Lunge Walk for Time. Just as we do not underestimate CrossFit workouts, we certainly shouldn’t forget how humbled we were at the beginning, and how easily something like distance running can humble us again, no matter how in shape we are.