Beyond the Physical

By Tim Curdt

In Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

November 26, 2010

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Tim Curdt believes CrossFit workouts helped him deal with one of the hardest parts of his life: saying goodbye to his father.

In a Q&A session at FilFest 2010, CrossFit founder Greg Glassman mildly scolded a delegate who said he had found little success persuading people to do CrossFit by reciting the stated goals of “increasing one’s work capacity across broad time and modal domains” or making one more efficient at “moving large loads long distances quickly.”

“No, no … you’re (screwing) it up,” Glassman interrupted in a video titled “Real Science.”

Even though the formal definition certainly was accurate, a simple claim that CrossFit will make you faster and stronger and help you do more with your life would be much more effective. After all, the real persuasive power of CrossFit is in the doing. Get future clients into your box, put them through a WOD or two and let them start experiencing the boldness and benefits of these claims for themselves with each gasping breath.

In the past year of my CrossFit life, I’ve been reflecting on another compelling truth of the CrossFit experience that seems to me just as powerful as any ever mentioned on the website, but it resists the pithy wisdom of a T-shirt and cannot be supported with the type of quantifiable evidence that in all other contexts CrossFit so rightly demands.

Why do CrossFit?

It can teach you how to help your father die.



11 Comments on “Beyond the Physical”


wrote …

Wonderfully written. Even if you don't need the physical strength that Crossfit helps you achieve the mental strength Crossfit also develops is just as important.


Dane Thomas wrote …

This was a true joy to read. It was no surprise to see that the author teaches English. Thanks for broadening our perspectives!


Tammi Byxbee wrote …

Wonderful article- I had to go back and read several more times. What a message.


wrote …

Tim, very honored to have been a small part of this. Wonderful article, wonderful story, and wonderful outlook on life.




wrote …

Thank you for this wonderful article, Tim.


wrote …

I can't imagine how difficult this must have been to write.

Thank you for the message.


wrote …

Tim - your self-awareness is high your honesty is brutal, making for lucid and compelling writing.
As a 41 year old father of one, with both a father and father-in-law in their advancing years, I find myself contemplating when and how they will pass. I do this not because I enjoy it, rather I am trying to "do the work" now and come to terms with it so that I can better deal with it in real time.
A horrific WOD if there ever was one, and I am comforted knowing I am not the only one who has had to do this work.
Ian Dirnfeld


wrote …

Thank you for the beautiful article. I have tears in my eyes thinking of my dad now in his last days...


wrote …

Thanks to all of you for your warm response to the article. I really appreciate them. It was a difficult thing to write about, but I felt I had to express my gratitude to the great CrossFit trainers and community I've met this past year who have helped me deal with the types of struggles we all face one way or the other. It's been a great gift. Thanks as well to HQ for their great job with layout and editing.


Josh Groves wrote …

Fantastic article and very introspective.

However, my favorite part is the fact that while dealing with the passing of your father, you are simultaneously educating the minds and bodies of our future.


wrote …

Wonderful article! Thank you for allowing us to share, and learn from, your experience with your father. I am sure he took much comfort in the man his boy has become.

Your ability to draw life lessons from physical challenge is a benefit that cannot be overstated. The young men at SLUH are lucky to have you!

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