Rob’s Reflections

Today we discus the “learn to play new sports” portion of Greg Glassman’s Fitness in 100 Words.

Greg Glassman describes the path to fitness as:

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. ~Coach Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO (Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.)

A few weeks ago, I was talked into going indoor rock climbing, and I figured that it seemed like a fun activity and a good time to use some of that hard earned CrossFit fitness in a different capacity. I thought, “Hey, I can do pistols, muscle ups and deadlift a decent amount why shouldn’t I be good at climbing walls. I am confident I have the grip strength and unilateral ability to push and pull to get myself up that wall with no issue, right?

It started off great, the guy who rented us the harness and climbing shoes handed me a bag of chalk and asked if we had ever weightlifted or done gymnastics. “Ha ha, ya bro I know what the chalk does. I don’t know if you follow me on Instagram but I know my way around a chalk bucket” This was the last point in the evening I felt confident.

The guide walked us around and showed us all the cool walls that we were not allowed to climb and then showed us the 5 walls with the auto belays that we were. I was noticing all these 135 lbs spider monkey guys jumping around these walls, many not wearing harnesses thinking this can’t possibly be this hard.

First, those walls go pretty damn high. I mean, once I slowly climbed the first wall I was sure I was about 120 feet up, I was later informed it was about 25 feet. Well damn. As we went wall to wall climbing the walls and increasing the difficulty I quickly realized that all those smaller 130 lbs guys were climbing circles around me, and once they completed there full circle around me they climbed back down and waited for there turn to do it again.

Now for those of you that know me you know that I have ZERO ego right? Well I was put in my place quickly by everyone in the whole damn climbing gym.

So, why am I telling you how bad I sucked at rock climbing?

Because, many of us get so into CrossFit we forget the foundation of why we are doing it. I think its great you can do a Muscle Up or deadlift 500 lbs, and if you ever find yourself on the side of a cliff and need to pull yourself back up and over or lift a small car off the stray neighborhood cat it will come in super handy.

But for the most part we do CrossFit to be better at general things in life, which includes picking up your kids off the ground, lifting a heavy box over head in the garage, pick up basketball or even rock climbing. Try not to get so focused on one thing that you never want to try new things.

Don’t just settle for being good at things inside CrossFit 314. Get outside and learn a new sport and see how the fitness you gained inside the gym translates to fun activities outside of it. You might even have fun learning new sports.

Also, in the spirt of competition, I did race Annie up a wall and after a pretty good head start I won the race up the wall. So at least I ended the night with a victory.

If anyone wants a fun challenge or activity you guys should definitely give this a shot.
The first person to beat Greg Schmidt up a wall wins a free FitAid.

Check out Climb So Ill climbing gym.

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