Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's Your Price?

Is competition good for intensity? Or has competition negotiated pride, professionalism, honesty and community? I often times share with my friends and athletes the importance of intensity. I also share with them the need to focus on yourself – because at the end of the day when you look into the mirror you are faced with reality. What stares you back in the face is the product of you efforts. That individual staring you in the mirror knows without question whether you gave it your all. That person knows if you were honest with your eating, your workout, your mind, your motivation, your conviction and the efforts you have attempted to reach your goals.

But at what price does intensity come with? Does it mean win at all cost? Does it mean overexerting your body? Does it mean over exerting your relationship with yourself? Does it mean negotiating your friendships, your teammates or worse – your community? Elm City Crossfit is a collection of like-minded people who want to change. We all want something. We are all willing to sacrifice to get that something. But what we will not do is sacrifice intensity for relationship or wellness. I am proud to be the owner of a facility that provides an honest avenue towards achievement. I am honored to be surrounded by people who would not negotiate character for intensity.

Life is the ultimate endurance event. You are the individual who controls the outcome or the participation of this event. Exercise in general – specifically Crossfit is an individual sport. Participate with honor and conviction – not exclusiveness ~ The Average Joe

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Keeping the Norm

It has been quite some time since my last post. I can assure my followers that I have not been sitting still. Sometime life happens. For most of my adult life, I have adapted my own coping mechanism for eventful and busy situations. I call it keeping the norm. The norms are the bare essentials or responsibilities that keep you going. They are the relationships or in some case the tasks that must be maintained –even in the most hectic of times.

When I was in college, I was the captain of the College Rugby team, a full time student and a full-throttle beer drinking, ass chasing party animal. Regardless of the degree of hang-over or the drama that may have been brewing on the rugby field, I never lost focus of what my original path truly was. I was in college to better myself. My norm was school. That was my first priority and my main focus. It did not matter what I was doing – I would always keep the norm.

That was then and this is now. My norm today is providing for my family, staying healthy and true to my clients and community and training for my up-coming race. It does not matter about the numerous distractions and constant pressures of work-life, I never waiver on the norm. At the end of the day, it comes down to priorities, responsibility and strength. Do you have the strategy and focus to endure? ~ The Average Joe