Educate.Motivate.Inspire: ‘Ordinary’

From Coach Zack-

The more I thought about what to write the moreI went down a rabbit hole of quasi inspiration/motivation jargon that we’ve all heard before. I was searching for something profound that seeped deep into the soul; a radical candor that each person reading these words would walk away with that “Ah ha” life transforming moment. Yet, every word that spilled out seemed to be ordinary at best.

Ordinary, something so simple but often misunderstood. Webster describes ordinary as “of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events”, “usual” or “routine”. Too often, we rush past the ordinary for mountain top experiences. We’ve all been there: getting the new job promotion, watching your baby begin to take on the world, losing 15 lbs and fitting into those jeans that have been hanging in the back of the closet. Or how about the vacation that we anticipated for months. The list is infinite but the feeling is finite.

The problem with “Mountain-TopExperiences” is they are fleeting in nature, temporary. Then, as life would have it we are back to the ordinary. But what is ordinary? If we peer into the Latin root of the word itself ordinary is the same root that gives us the word order. Order is no menial task, if you want to challenge that opinion just step into a 5:30pm class on aTuesday afternoon and try your hand at coaching.

Zeno, quoted in Diogenes Laertius, wrote, “Well-being is realized by small steps, but is truly no small thing.” Small everyday steps, the ordinary, is what brings us to well being.

• Moms, it’s making sure that the kids are taken care of each and every day. Without you doing the ordinary task of life all ‘hell’ would break loose.

• Dads, it’s about being the rock in our family, the constant, without you chaos would roam free.

• Student, it’s about taking what seems to be another meaningless note in class, the grades will pay off in the end.

• “CrossFitter”, it’s about going through a 9minute EMOM of holds for :30 a piece (it’s ok to cuss Mike in your head while you’re doing them).

Don’t underestimate the beauty in the ordinary.

The ordinary that we see every single day we walk in the box.

The ordinary that lifts spirits and puts smile s on faces.

The ordinary when Kristin genuinely ask how my day is going every time I see her.

The ordinary in Mike saying “Happy (fill in the day of the week)”. It really does make me happier.

The ordinary in Kell(i) saying “What’s up Whitt, you ready for it today?”…No, not really Kelli, but I am now because of those words.

The ordinary in Hoctor screaming “ALL DAY!” Every time someone goes for a big lift. I’m convinced when he’s in the room everyone’s PR goes up 5 lbs.

The ordinary in Jenny Beard coming in giving me a hug or high five before every class she’s in.

The ordinary in Michelle genuinely giving me pointers just because she wants to see everyone get better each day.

The ordinary in small conversations with Damon and Katlin in the box turning into friendships outside of the hour we workout.

Maybe what I’m learning as a chase this mythological creature, this radical candor of Mountain-Top Experiences is: It’s in the ordinary that we grow together. Make no mistake: each word, each smile, each high five is a culmination or ordinary events that impacts my life, your life, on a grander scale.

What seems to be the most ordinary is often the most profound

  • Coach Zack


Educate.Motivate.Inspire: “More Vulnerable”

By Katie Carpenter

For those who don’t know, I coach our C2 kids class on the weekends.  On Saturday mornings I’m pretty sure my name is “CoachKatieCoachKatieCoachKatie”

One of my (yes, they are all mine for 1 hour a week) kids recently would get incredibly frustrated if he didn’t understand the movement immediately or didn’t already know it.  “I can’t do it” would come out of his mouth before he even tried and man would he get outwardly frustrated.  How many times do we tell ourselves that exact story either in the gym, at home, at work?

The behavior of this young human got me thinking.  How many times have I said to myself “I’ve always been bad at…” “I’ll never be good at….”  Why?  Because I try to work on it for a few days and when I don’t get the results I’m looking for I’m suddenly just not good at something?  Because I can stay consistent with my new idea for a few days but then external factors come into play and I can’t keep up with what I’ve told myself? What a cop out!  The reality is I wasn’t ready to put in the work in the area to be better at it, it’s easier to tell myself I’ll just never be good at it.

I’m still not great at (there I go again) holding myself accountable with internal positive talk.  This is one of my goals for this year.  I meet monthly with an accountability group formed by like minded people always looking to become better versions of ourselves.  As humans, we don’t want to disappoint others but typically have no problem disappointing ourselves.  These people call me out on my crap, we talk through each others barriers and most of the time it comes down to the fact that we’re our own barrier. 

What’s the story you are telling yourself?  What story do you want to be telling yourself?

Educate.Motivate.Inspire: ‘My Mat, My Practice’

I knew I was competitive. I knew I was willing to do work to improve but I didn’t understand what personal growth outside of my fitness level needed improving. CrossFit illuminated the first two of these immediately. “Growth” took CrossFit a bit longer to teach me. I am hard-headed.

I wanted to be the best “cross-fitter” in comparison to everyone around me. I was driven to train to the point of destruction to do just that. I was so focused on everyone else thatI couldn’t hear what my own body was telling me. Turns out, if you don’t listen to your body it keeps yelling louder and louder until you are forced to listen.

Blowing up my L5, S1 disc saved my life (we all know I am a bit dramatic so stay with me).When I came out of surgery I was told I would never Crossfit again. Fitness/Crossfit is my identity. I cried (but my fake eyelashes wouldn’t stay on so I had to stop the crying). I had to define who I was without fitness. There was a storm of thoughts swirling in my head, but that story is for another time. What I want to share with you is what came out of the storm.

Clarity. I began to understand growth as a whole body and mind concept. I believed the way to grow in fitness was through training alone. I was wrong. What I needed to grow at this point in my life was completely different than what I needed before my injury. What defines growth changes with time. Growth in fitness became so personal for me because I was going through this alone. I began to understand that all growth whether physical, mental, or spiritual was only valuable if it was positively influenced by those around me. I was on my “path” right next to others and celebrate their “paths” even though they were different. This is when I adopted the phrase “My Mat, My Practice”. I didn’t have to try to be who I was before I was injured. I saw my “path” with fresh eyes. I reassessed what was important to me, why I loved fitness, why I love to coach, how I could impact others and how I could learn and share what seemed to be a disaster. I fell in love with fitness and Crossfit all over again but in a way that felt more fulfilling.

I had to be my own best advocate. I started listening to my body. That meant when people who were less fit than me were doing more than I could, I celebrated their success. I left the gym feeling proud of my accomplishments and excited to be a part of the journey. Fitness was back to feeding my soul. I was no longer frustrated that I wasn’t the athlete I used to be but excited and proud to rebuild Kelli 2.0.

Some days we are strong and full of energy. Some days we are weak and tired. Each day is its own day. Respect your mind, respect your body,and respect the day. Give yourself grace when you need it. Give each day your very best and be proud of it. Learn something each day, be it a good day or a bad day.

Trust the wind. Change comes, hard times can’t be avoided. Allow these times to help shape your journey in a positive way.


Your Mat, Your Practice

  • Kelli Hull

Educate.Motivate.Inspire: ‘Make today your masterpiece’

This is something I tell the boys each and every single day before they head off to school. It may seem like overkill to tell an 11 and 6 year old to make today the best day of their lives, but it is a simple reminder to them and to myself that today is all we are guaranteed. 

It’s a simple mantra with a complex and deep meaning that can help all of us evaluate our priorities for the day. I am not asking you to live your life in fear that it might be your last day, but rather just a call to remember to focus on what you can control. 

Prioritize the “controllables” (your mindset and your response to events) to help drive you towards your goals. Those things that we can not control (our body, the weather, traffic, other peoples words/actions, etc) are not worth the time spent away from the controllable aspects.

As we move into 2019 I ask each of you to start each day with this statement: “Anything that happens to me today is in my best interest and it’s an opportunity to learn and grow”. If you truly embrace this growth mindset statement you will be able to make each day of this new year your masterpiece.