By Justin Seltzer

Some people have been telling me recently that they fear CrossFit, that the intensity is too much for them, that it is simply too hard for a “normal” person to handle. While it may appear this way from an outsider’s perspective, that perception could not be further from the truth. CrossFit is about the small gains, walking into the gym and trying to be just slightly better today than you were yesterday. It doesn’t matter if you started as an Olympic decathlete or a couch jockey; the prescription is the same for both and everywhere in between. It just simply varies by amount rather than kind. We, the coaches, are here to help you discover your own fitness level and how to arrange the prescribed workouts to best challenge it.

Although we encourage intermember competition in the form of publicly posted times, the reality is the only person you are truly competing with is yourself. Mental toughness doesn’t come from beating others; it comes from failure. Setting both long term and short-term goals and pushing yourself further than you ever thought possible to achieve them will produce many failures along the way. But, these failures are what make us better CrossFitters and, ultimately, better human beings. Whether your goal is to do your first push up, your first muscle up, or you just want to beat your old Fran time, all of us coaches are here to help you achieve those goals and set new ones.

At the end of the day, your own success or failure rests solely with you. Only you can choose whether to try that muscle up one more time or to add 5 more pounds onto that bar for a new PR. We want to help you make that decision, to facilitate your confidence and augment it with our own experience so that you can make the kind of gains you want to make.

As you become more experienced, begin to look into things for yourself, investigate your own nutrition, technique, and what your strengths and weaknesses are. You will soon discover that being more attuned to your own skills and body will yield even greater gains. Some of the coaches and members are skilled in many areas of science, nutrition, exercise techniques, physical therapy, and other relevant fields. Do not look at us as simply the people who tell you how to do the WOD every day. Look to us as a source of relevant information about your training that can help you propel yourself to the next level.

As always, if you have a question or a concern, never hesitate to ask us.

Mark Mcsharry doing a Turkish Get Up with 150lbs!:

And here is him doing it again but then laying back down:

WOD 1-20-11

Long Karabell:

30 Rounds:

5 WallBalls (20/14), SCALE UP IF YOU CAN, we have balls up to 30lbs
1 Snatch (135/95)

CrossFit Mean Streets
Downtown LA

One Comment

    • January 20, 2011

    Great post Justin,
    We definitely felt a little intimidation (Sgt. Ronnie can come off a little rough at times – haha!) when first showing up months ago. We’ve both been athletic our whole lives but by no means even close to any kind of endurance/Crossfit/navy seal level. And although our main goals aren’t to be the Crossfittest badass on the block, the little goals that we achieve over the weeks are such a good feeling and keep us coming back for more (despite Ronnie – hahaha).
    We try to get friends to at least check out an intro class, and have actually gotten one person to come, but inevitably it’s the same response: ‘that’s too hard! I’ll just keep going to 24hr Fitness’. All I can say to that is that overcoming something that you once thought was too hard is the best feeling ever!
    Anyway, you guys are great and have always been helpful despite our weaknesses.

    Thanks!
    Nate & Alana

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