The Magic Is in the (Quality) Movements


“Let’s be honest: working out is not a sport. Working out is a way to help you get better at sports.

Your mom doesn’t care that you can clean 300 pounds if your knees crack every time you walk. Your high school volleyball coach doesn’t care that you followed Wendler 5, 3, 1 if you can’t keep your serve in bounds. People only cared about Trent Richardson squatting 700 pounds because he was one of the best running backs in Alabama history. If he was a special teams player on a Division III team, nobody would care.

[I]f you don’t understand the purpose, then you are missing a critical element to your training.

Being in the CrossFit bubble as we are, it is easy to forget the purpose of working out. I’ve been there. My best six months of was in 2009 at age 19 (6:48 “Helen,” 420# deadlift, 16:51 “Kelly,” 250# split jerk), also known as my worst six months of basketball. I prioritized practicing handstands over practicing dribbling; I allowed my form to slip in order to PR; and somehow I completely forgot that my scholarship depended on me breaking a press and hitting mid-range jumpers – not doing Murph until my hands got cheese-grated and I couldn’t shoot a basketball for four days.” Continued…