Inspiration comes in many forms. The expression of that inspiration is commensurately diverse. How many times have you stopped and gazed in amazement at a beautiful painting or paused in appreciation of a delicate song? Sucking the marrow out of a moment encompasses recognition. Nothing more, nothing less. From time to time, however, recognition should be complemented with reflection.
I’ve had twenty four hours to digest one such episode. What did it involve? Yeah, you guessed it: kids exercising. Call me a simpleton, but I find that it is the simple things that offer the best education. Yesterday on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, six athletes of The Movement Program and six athletes from Steve’s Club in Pennsauken, NJ came together for a workout. Here was the task facing the athletes. You can find the results here.
Some things I took away from the WOD. One, it was challenging; only one athlete was able to finish under the fifteen minute time cap with the proscribed weight. That was none other than The Movement Program’s, Nick Kinosian. Splendid job, Nick! His final time for the workout was 14:29. Two, it was inspiring; these kids poured their guts out on those steps. Each and every one of them. Not only that, but in the midst of battling the elements and implements, they cheered each other on! That’s class. That’s maturity. That’s character. Those are three things that I hope I have instilled in my athletes since The Movement Program’s inception. As an athlete, this WOD, and the subsequent efforts of its participants, has reinforced my determination to train myself with a new found intensity. As a coach in charge of athletes who are willing to go through that kind of a meat grinder, I have renewed my quest to broaden and deepen my own knowledge of training. It is an injustice to my athletes to provide anything less than the best. It’s time to acquaint myself with the minutiae of this sport. So, get ready, Movement Program, for some more intricately designed WODs and strength programming in the coming months.
Thanks again to Steve Liberati and athletes from Steve’s Club, Joey, David, Robert, Javier, Danny, Kevin, and CJ! The event would not have been as monumental without you all! Looking forward to visiting CrossFit Tribe later this summer and throwing down!
*Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Steve Liberati. Video of the competition should be posted on the blog by the end of this week! (Fingers crossed!)