Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Crossfit Open, which is a series of five workouts over the course of five weeks that will qualify individual athletes for the Crossfit Games in July. The individual who scores the highest in the Crossfit Games is deemed the “Fittest Man (or woman) in the World.” The picture above is of Rich Froning: 2011’s Crossfit Games winner.
Rich Froning is 5’8″ and weighs 185 pounds. If you saw him on the street, you probably wouldn’t look twice. He’s no ‘freak of nature,’ body-building Schwarzenegger or professional all-star. He’s an ordinary guy with an extraordinary willpower. In Rich’s own words, “There is nothing really unique about me. I was just brought up doing chores and yard work which I hated at the time but I have to thank both of my parents because its made me who I am today.”
My crossfit gym has encouraged EVERYONE to sign up for the Open. “Why?,” you ask. It’s not because they think that EVERYONE is going to go to the Games. That would be crazy. They are encouraging it because EVERYONE has the potential for extraordinary moments, to get their next PR, and to push themselves beyond the limits of ordinary life.
Rich Froning grew up on a farm. One day, he decided to buy some weights and set up a crossfit shop in his father’s barn. He became certified, he trained extensively and two years later he became known at the Fittest Man in the World. He didn’t start out as a bodybuilder with an insane gift of athleticism, but, what he did do, was decide one day to compete. Just like thousands and thousands of athletes who have the chance to make that same decision tomorrow.
Since the Crossfit Open started its registration at the beginning of this month, I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard someone give me an excuse as to why they shouldn’t compete. For why they should continue to stay out of the ‘limelight’ and within their confines of comfort. They ask me “Why should I participate when I know that I won’t make it to the Games?” But, the only response that I can think of is… “Why should you not?”
Galatians 6:14 — May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.