Do you want to know how I got these scars…
This is somewhat a continuation of a previous article written by Matt Foreman of Catalyst Athletics that I posted a while back. Basically in the article, he describes two different type of weightlifters: bricks and twinkies. Now (and I’m really paraphrasing here) bricks are the more successful athletes. They have a high pain tolerance. They work hard. Nothing really gets them down. On the flip side you have your twinkies. Twinkies are soft. They complain a lot. They’re always coming up with some new ache, pain, or lame excuse to scale back training – or not train at all.
One of the reasons I love CrossFit so much is because it really brings to light these two attributes. In this modern age of electronics and social media, most people can hide who they really are. Not CrossFitters. See, everyone is mostly one or the other (brick or twinkie). However, most bricks can be twinkies on occasion; and vice versa for the twinkies. If you’re not sure which category you fall into that’s OK. The other coaches and I have probably already figured it out for you. Odds are we know you better than you know yourself.
To illustrate this, I’m going to talk about one of my all time favorite movie villains – Heath Ledger as the “Joker”. In one of the scenes the Joker is locked up in an interrogation room with a random detective to guard him. The cop makes a remark about how the Joker killed 3 of his friends. The Joker explains that he actually probably knew this cop’s friends better than the cop did. He explained that in the moments just before death, you really get to know a person. You get to see the real side of them. He then asks the cop: “Do you want to know which one of them were cowards?”
How does this relate to CrossFit. Well, CrossFit workouts bring out a similar emotional response. Take some time to watch one of those long grueling workouts. Now look in the eyes of every single person struggling to get through. You’ll see a wide variety of emotions. You’ll, of course, have your “bricks”. They’ve got laser focus. You can see the dogged determination and fire in their eyes. They’re hurting, but they’re not slowing down until they’re done or dead… or both.
“Twinkies” – on the other hand – can have several different reactions to the pain and effort of an intense WOD. You’ll see wide eyed terror. You can tell they’ve wholeheartedly succumbed to the pain cave. They’re not fighting. They’re barely surviving. Others you’ll see just look plain defeated. They’re going through the motions, not even trying to do the movements correctly.
Now as I’ve said before. Some days the bricks act like twinkies, and some days the twinkies really blow me away by acting like bricks. You can be whichever one you want to be. It all really comes down to attitude. The point I’m making is that I know you. I know who you are to your core. I also know that the way you attack your workouts (or let them eat you alive) is the same way you go about your life. Take a deep, hard look at yourself. If you’re a brick in the gym, then you’re also probably a brick in all aspects of your life. You don’t see challenges, you see opportunities to succeed. Twinkies only see challenges. There is no success. There’s just pain and misery.
We all have our own struggles. No one is special. What makes all the difference is how we respond to the adversity that crops up in our life.
I know you better than you know yourselves. Do you want to know who is successful? Do you want to know who is a coward?