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Tuesdays with Forrest

Tuesdays with Forrest

Ryan "Forrest" Long

Ryan "Forrest" Long

Warm-up: 2 Rounds – 10 1-arm KB Snatches, 10 Parallette Push-ups, 20 Walking Lunges

Clean & Jerk: 1RM

Press: 5RM

MetCon – For Time:
1k Row
50 Sit-ups
30 Double Unders

What is it that drives you in the gym?  Is it the competition?  Merriam Webster defines it as a contest between rivals.  I disagree with this statement because I have no “rivals” at CrossFit Ktown.  I have friends, coaches, and others who come to visit CFK in an effort to better themselves mentally and physically in the same manner that I do.

I have been blessed to be a member since the doors opened at this gym and God-willing I will be there ’til the day Coaches G, J, and CBo retire.  Wow, I just imagined what all of us would look like that far down the road and it made me skank laugh for 30 minutes.   Because of my lengthy tenure, I have seen almost every member of our gym walk in that door.  I remember the early days watching Eric and Big Paul go head to head in some nasty MetCons.  Then there was Erin and Ben and Rachael and James,  who I have labeled CFK’s “CrossFit Couples” going toe-to-toe and cheering each other on the whole way.  These battles eventually gave way to the more sinister battles of words and Tabata numbers that erupted between Travis and Blake.  I myself have even been bitten by the competition bug with athletes like Caleb, Brandon, Taylor, Coach G, and all of you other guys putting up monster power lifting numbers.

It took me a while to figure out what really “drove” me when I walk into CF Ktown, and it was not until about two weeks before Oktoberfest that I discovered it.  I had been blessed by God to do something that I love five days a week.  How many people get to sit down at the end of the week and say that?  I can say on a personal level that if it was not for strength of Christ, I would have never survived Oktoberfest.  CrossFit has been one of the most unique and fulfilling activities God has placed in my life and I thank Him that I have this opportunity to partake in it.

So what is that drives you?    Is it the competition?  Is it your significant other?  Could it be that feeling of going through lactic acid hell with a class of 6 other athletes?  Or are you like me and find that there is something more supernatural to it?  Post in the comments if you would like to expound more on the subject.

Your brother in Christ and sweat,
Forrest Long

Forrest praying for more deadlifts...

Forrest praying for more deadlifts...

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:57+00:00 February 16th, 2010|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|18 Comments


  1. crossfitktown February 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Great post, Forrest.

    My driving force is to change people’s lives and have fun with them while doing it. There is nothing better than watching all of you change from day to day, week to week, and over the year.


  2. crossfitktown February 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm
  3. Taylor February 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Grant, I must confess that even I am perplexed by this parenting technique. My children will be forced to carry heavy logs for time during their formative years. However, I don’t know about this sink or swim technique. Mainly because I’m pretty sure anyone from my gene pool would’ve drowned in that situation…

  4. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Cool, because I like water sports. P.S. Swimmers are more fit than soccer players.

  5. crossfitktown February 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Taylor :

    Mainly because I’m pretty sure anyone from my gene pool would’ve drowned in that situation…

    And so would end the great Layman line.

  6. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    On a serious note Forrest:

    It’s part the competitive but friendly atmosphere, and partially the sense of belonging. In doing Crossfit, I feel like I “belong” to a certain family, lifestyle, regimen etc. In that way, I can kinda hold myself accountable and convince myself that the good of the entire group rests upon me doing my best to uphold it’s good name.

    If that made any sense…

  7. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Also, in case Scott actually reads this:

  8. James February 17, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Great post Forrest. I do love the competitive atmosphere but reading Brandon’s post made me realize I like being a part of something as well. I’m very lucky to have such a great family of relatives, co-workers, rugby players, and crossfitters who help me achieve what ever goals I have set for myself. Hopefully in the process of reaching my goals I help and encourage others to reach theirs.

  9. Rachael February 17, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Great message Forrest! To me, it is a social and family atmosphere that makes me feel guilty if I don’t show up every week. Where else can you find great friends who support you the way Crossfit does. With our faces bright red and our weakness out there for all to see…the crossfit family pulls together to make sure everyone finishes with their best foot forward. That alone is truly amazing.

  10. Ben February 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Yes on all accounts! Forrest great post! No need to add anything because everyone has pretty much summed it up. Except to add that it makes for an amazing place when everyone is on the same page at the same time.

  11. Miss J February 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Just wanted to add my “great post” to the other comments. It has been a privilege to have you as one of our first members and watch you grow in your CrossFitting and faith. (And from your once crappy form to now your almost perfect form :-D)

  12. Amanda February 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Good Stuff Forest!

  13. Amanda February 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I meant Forrest

  14. Brandon February 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Ok ok enough with this “good post” stuff. Don’t want to blow his head up too big now. ;)

  15. Taylor February 17, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Epic post Forrest

  16. forrest February 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    laf @ brandon, theres no chance of that happening. ive had a slender head since the day i was born and will always have it til the day i die. im just glad that you guys have such a sense of belonging and family at the gym. i know that puts a smile on grant, jessie, and calebs faces. for me it has been fun watching you guys progress day after day and week after week in your power lifts and metcons. i cant wait til i can be back at our gym consistently and spilling blood and sweat with you all.

  17. Brandon February 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I know buddy, was a good post ;)

  18. Blake February 18, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Great post Forrest!! My drive is to one day stand over Travis’s broken, bloody body, my foot on his chest, while he looks to me in awe cause I just beat him by 80 reps in Tabata Something Else. J/K. I love you Travis.

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