Sir Charles of CrossFit: Part 2

By Charles Barkley

In Athletes, CrossFit, Videos

May 18, 2011

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You can call him Sir Charles, The Round Mound of Rebound, gold medalist, NBA MVP and hall of famer, and now you can call Charles Barkley a CrossFitter.

In Part 2 of this series, the legendary NBA player and TNT personality talks about how pro basketball is more than a physical test.

“No matter how hard you train, you can’t prepare for the game. … All you have to do is be the best you possibly can physically, and then, late in games mainly, that’s when your mental toughness takes over—because everybody’s tired.”

According to Barkley, it’s mental toughness that separates the good from the great, and it’s an attitude that will no doubt serve Barkley well as he reclaims his fitness at CrossFit North Atlanta.

And does the outspoken superstar fit into the CrossFit box? HQ flowmaster Chuck Carswell thinks so.

“He’s not a guy who has just come in the facility to CrossFit. He really is a CrossFitter to the core,” Carswell says. “He’s exactly what we represent. He’s got a very sensitive bullshit meter, and because of that he’s found a facility he can train in and be himself.”

8min 09sec

Additional reading: Coaching the Mental Side of CrossFit by Greg Amundson, published July 7, 2010.

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8 Comments on “Sir Charles of CrossFit: Part 2”


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loving it!


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Good for Charles Barkley. Getting back in shape is the most important thing he can do for himself at this stage of his life, and Crossfit is the best way for him to do that.


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I love his thoughts on how the greatest athletes aren't cocky, they're confident in themselves because they have to be. It makes so much sense.


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"very sensitive bullshit meter" - I love it, Chuck. Awesome stuff. Hope to see Charles crushing WOD's eventually!


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I have no idea what Charles B did as a basket ball player, as I have no understanding or appreciation of that sport, but I know what I saw in that video is someone who's willing to take direction, someone who's willing to be wrong in order to get it right, someone that is humble enough to be coached, and I think that is a demonstration of confidence.


Dale Saran wrote …

Dead on, ASwab. Charles appears to be comfortable enough in his own skin that he's not too concerned about what others will think. Great addition to our community. Welcome, Mr. Barkley. Hope we get to see you out and about at community events, but more importantly, hope you continue to progress toward your goals... and then, like the rest of us, as you reach them, and surpass them, you set bigger and better ones.



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Loved watching him play, love watching him CrossFit.
Nuff said.


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Attention Charles Barkley!!!

I have motivation for you!!!!

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