The following is a guest post by Taryn Romanowich from Function in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Taryn wanted to share what she sees day in and day out within our CrossFit community why it encourages her.
I’m a rather new affiliate owner - this isn’t breaking news. I’ve been well involved in the fitness and athletic industry for quite some time now. But it’s with the opening of my new affiliation that my perspective of what a champion is, has really come to light. You can read it all over the internet: A continuous stream of blog posts from people who are changing their lives through CrossFit and the functional fitness style of training, as well as the accompanying diet along with it. It’s one thing to read all of these success stories (as great as they really are), but it’s an even better experience to be part of these success stories, where each person’s success has a different definition. You see, when we think of “CrossFit” we automatically think of the firebreathers and the Games athletes. We think of those people in our local boxes that are throwing themselves at the WOD and ending their day with a visit to “Pukie”. It’s a common CrossFit stereotype.
But when I think of CrossFit? I think of my client who struggled with a relapse of cancer she thought she had beat. I think of the man who struggles everyday with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and uses our training as his outlet. I think of all the kids in the elementary schools who will be using this training as an alternative to getting set on the wrong paths in life.
Most people define a “champion” as someone who wins something. We think of champions as Rich Froning Jr., and Iceland Annie. Champions like the Boston Bruins or the New York Yankees. Champions are often determined by success.
But why does success always have to mean winning something material, like a Stanley Cup, the World Series, or $250,000 at the CrossFit Games? These people that walk through my door have the hearts of champions. Just because they don’t compete for something material, and they don’t win things that are material, and people around the world don’t know who they are, doesn’t make them any less champions than Rich, Annie, or Jeter, for that matter. Seeing the look on her face when she told me she was 100% cancer free and had a clean bill of health is a moment I will never forget. That success is worth far more than $250,000. Hearing from my PTSS client that for the first time he can finally clear his mind when he comes through the doors - this is a success that most of us take advantage of.
Most of these folks aren’t here to compete for a shot at the Games. They’re not here for the medals and the glamour. In fact, most of them don’t even know about the competitive sporting side involved in our training. But they compete in a different way. They wake up everyday and compete for a better day. They wake up everyday to compete for their lives. For when they walk out the doors after the WOD, and they’re a better person than they were an hour ago - they’ve achieved their success. They’ve become the champion they want to be. And watching that happen firsthand, is amazing. It’s inspiring. Most of the time I forget some of the simple things in life that I take advantage of. I get so carried away in my own training that I forget.
Day after day, my clients remind me and inspire me: Compete. Compete everyday for a better day.