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Sportsmanship!

Sportsmanship!

Mary hard at work.

Warm-up:

Mobility: Lots of It

1a) Bent-Over-Barbell Rows: 3×15
1b) Ring Push-Ups: 3×15

Work – 3 Rounds Not for Time:
Max Plate Hold
5 Wall Walks
Max Hang (Pull-Up Bar)
Couch Stretch (30s)
Max Abductor Side Plank

Sportsmanship is something hard to come by these days. In a society where winning is pretty much everything (especially in sports) we create a lot of buttheads out there. Where touchdowns are scored and rubbed in the other teams face, where smack-talk is an every game occurrence, and where coaches berate referees to the point of being thrown out of games. I admit these things are funny to watch, but what happened to humility in winning or being a good sport when losing? I’ve seen numerous athletes become so enraged in a loss they don’t shake hands with the opposing team, they don’t show up for an after-game interview, or perhaps poke Tito Vilanova in the eye while losing a game and then smile about it. (Yea, I’m talking about you Jose Mourinho). Youtube that video if you don’t know what I’m talking about; it’s pathetic.

While watching the Olympics, I loved seeing the world-wide sportsmanship. After every swim, the winners would cross lanes to hug the silver and bronze place medalists. Did you notice that? I also loved seeing these elite young gymnasts hug and kiss each other after events, even with heartbreaking losses. And I know you saw Usain Bolt stop his interview for the U.S. National Anthem. All are great examples of serious sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship is something that is not lost upon CrossFitters and I love it. When was the last time in sports you saw someone cheer for the opposing team while in the middle of competition?!? I often see you Ktowners, sweat pouring, turn mid-MetCon and encourage your neighbor to push through, even if it means they beat you. Way to go Ktown, you make me proud, and if that’s not sportsmanship I don’t know what is.

When did someone encourage you during workout to help you shave those few extra seconds off,
<3 Coach Miss J

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:32+00:00 August 30th, 2012|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. G8r Dave August 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

    In my case, a more appropriate question is “When has someone NOT encouraged me to do better?” It happens so often, I fail to appreciate it. Doing Strict Cindy on WQednesday, when my pushups were coming in 2s and 1s, I hear Whit-nasty and Cope , from the opposite end of the gym, yelling at me to keep going, to push one more. I’m wringing the last glycogen out of my blood on the 400M row and there’s Mrs. Price, just finished herself, BTW, behind me counting down the last 80 meters, pushing me to the finish. Sometimes the encouragement is just seeing Gerken out of the corner of my eye bend over to pick up his kettlebell, again. Or the sound of Goode’s feet thumping on the box behind me. I know that if THEY can keep going, then I can surely I can keep going.

    The encouragement, spoken and unspoken, of my friends, is many time the only thing that keeps me going.

  2. Ben August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I second Dave. Encouragement and motivation comes from every corner of the gym at any given time.

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