At first blush, there’s a strong and obvious dichotomy between yoga and CrossFit. The formats are vastly different. The movements are different. The intensity during the respective activities is, in most cases, night and day. CrossFit uses data to track progress and calculate next steps; yoga is something far more intuitive and less concrete.
Talk to Douglas Moore though for even a few minutes, and you might reconsider. Our recent sit-down was never intended to identify their similarities, but the conversation was rather remarkable in breaking down so many of the myths of the sport and capturing the true essence of CrossFit.
How, you ask? It’s all about the process, the journey, the evolution. Douglas, who’s been an athlete his whole life and who started doing CrossFit in 2012 then pretty regularly in about 2015, articulated that his expectations of CrossFit, “changes every month for me… sometimes my body says it’s going to break. Other times, something good happens. It’s a roller coaster.” Maybe so, but reflecting on his journey at CrossFit 100, he’s seen how far he’s come over the past six years, and, “that’s encouraging, to see that there’s growth.”
Growth, yes. Similarities to yoga? Not at all what one would expect. But, in hearing how Douglas describes what CrossFit offers, the similarities are striking… Guiding principles. Discipline. Informed decisions for how to approach the activity, based on where someone is that day – mentally, physically and emotionally. Balance. Overall wellness. Passion. A platform for letting the body explore different movements. Building strength. There isn’t just a thing as winning, just what’s next. Embracing the process. Refining along the way. Experiencing. Finding efficiencies.
A few myths, busted
· CrossFit is a noncompetitive sport. What?! No, really. Douglas emphasizes CrossFit is about embracing where the body is today and celebrating one’s own accomplishments big and small along the way – as well as the accomplishments of others in the gym. He cited one instance in the gym with his daughter Mya recently when his knees were really bothering him. He was feeling discouraged by his body’s limitations, but Mya offered some adaptations that kept him pushing forward.
· …except when it is a competition. We’re a bit tongue and cheek here, but Douglas admits to trying to hold his son Ian off from overtaking his PRs. He’s been making sweeping strides this year, but Douglas is, in all seriousness, proud of how far he’s come.
· Everybody is not particularly good at something. There’s enough diversity in the types of movements in CrossFit to offer everyone the opportunity to explore different movements and improve upon something.
· Everybody is particularly good at something. CrossFit can help foster those strengths.
· My youngest daughter is 10. I’m 57. The rest of my family fits somewhere in between our ages. We can all be in the same class and everyone can benefit from that one class. CrossFit is for everyone, wherever you are fitness-wise.
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