A CrossFit Lesson From Isaac Newton

September 16, 2016

 

While Isaac Newton may have struggled to find the right hairstyle, he was one of the most influential scientists who ever lived.  For our purposes here, it's sufficient to recognize that he was a REALLY smart dude.

I have 2 other friends who are also really smart dudes.  This is a story about all 3 of these smart dudes...

After coaching the 9am class at my local box the other day, I looked up, and saw that it was well after 10:00 AM on a very busy Thursday. 

With my to-do list in mind, and having seen first-hand the misery awaiting me,  I naturally wanted to make excuses & run away without doing the workout on my own before I left the building.

Fortunately, my friend Loren is the type of friend who gives me good advice even if it may not be what I want to hear.  Instead of saying..."Yah, I hear you...It's hard to fit everything in..." ...he said... "Just get 2 rounds in.  Get your blood pumping."

I have another friend named JD who also gives good advice.  The other day we were talking about a book he was reading, and he relayed this little nugget of wisdom to me...

"Getting started is the hardest part of anything. For example, if you want to be a marathon runner, start by putting on 1 running shoe..."

After battling with my willpower for a few minutes, I said to myself..."Ok...I'll do part of the workout, but I'm just gonna take it easy...I'll put in 2 out of 4 rounds, an then I'm SERIOUSLY leaving."

About 13 minutes later, I collapsed next to my barbell after completing the full workout.

What does this all have to do with Isaac Newton?  Part of Isaac's first law of motion states that: "Objects in motion tend to stay in motion."

Whether you make silly little deals with yourself to do 2 out of 4 rounds, or muster the courage to put on 1 running shoe, Loren, JD, and Isaac Newton all know that you'll probably stay in motion if you can just get started.

Do whatever it takes to get past the count of 3...2...1 Go...  If you get that far, the rest will take care of itself.

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P.S.  Something tells us that if you practice 1 double under with your very own custom speed rope, you'll keep at it until you're a Double Under Wonder :)

 

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