Workout of the Day

Clearing a Path on the Road Less Traveled

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Scribbled on a sticky note above the desk at CrossFit No Boundaries are the words “high tide raises all ships.” This aphorism acts as a reminder that our actions have a somewhat unseen influence on the culture(s) that we’re a part of, and gives a poignant reminder of our responsibility to make a better decision.

In some respect, every decision you make is a metaphorical fork in the road. Potential choices are (theoretically) endless, but since we’re talking here about mindset, we can oversimplify things and break it down into one of two categories: our decisions either take us down the easy, comfortable, and undemanding path, or they take us down the challenging, uncomfortable, and demanding path. The first path is common, uninspiring, and drives stagnation. It is the road most travelled. The second is uncommon, inspiring, and growth-oriented. It is the road less traveled. If we take this metaphor a few steps further, we stumble on an illustrative display of how your decisions have the potential to pave not only your own path to betterment, but the potential to clear the path for others.

Taking the road less traveled is harder. There are more obstacles, challenges, perhaps even risks. But as more people take this road, the path becomes clearer. Obstacles are cleared, paths to surpass challenges are easier to see, safer and more efficient approaches are mapped out. The more we choose to go down this less-traveled road, the easier it becomes. Others can follow in the footsteps of those before them, and we can effectively elevate our culture.

This is what’s at the heart of the idea that you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. This is the tide raising all ships. These ideas aren’t just suggestions to surround yourself with great people in the hopes of making yourself better, they are a call to take responsibility for elevating that culture that you’re a part of, to do your part in clearing the road less traveled.

- Preston Sprimont


2/8/17

  • Pause front squat (3 second pause) - work up to a heavy single

  • 12 min EMOM:

    • Min 1: 20s max cal row

    • Min 2: 20s max burpees