Coach Greg Glasman says there is a lot of psychobabble about athletes “listening to their bodies.” In fact, athletes do not listen to their bodies. Their bodies say, “Stop. This hurts.” But athletes carry on. Part of it has to do with the brain adaptation. They attend a cert and see how much an outstanding athlete like Greg Amundson has to suffer along the way to a sub-3min Fran. They realize that it’s okay to hurt just as much, and go on to shave a minute or two off their own Fran time. Learning to stop negative internal voices has “tremendously positive implications for anything you ever want to do in your life.”
The message is simple: Don’t quit. Coach Glassman believes some of life’s most important lessons can be taught in the gym early in life. CrossFit Kids is really a moral and character education plan. Industry, persistence and self-reliance are among the lessons taught.
CrossFit doesn’t spend a lot of time talking publicly about its emotional, mental and career benefits for athletes of all ages. The benefits are obvious, but hard to measure and prove. So the policy is to “radically understate” the benefits and allow testimonials to go unused.
Coach Glassman says he has seen entire families start CrossFit and get off Prozac and Ritalin. He expects to see growing use of CrossFit in drug rehab programs. There have already been some success stories.
In this video from CrossFit By Overload, Tony Budding discusses these and other related topics with Coach Greg Glassman. The footage was recorded on Saturday, August 8th, 2009 in Tustin, CA.