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Why we choose to “do work”…

Last Saturday's free class was chasing performance at 10:00AM.

Last Saturday's free class was chasing performance at 10:00AM.

More than once someone has stuck their head in our door and exclaimed, “Why do you guys work so hard?!?”  Upon hearing this I delve in to this long explanation that includes graphs, tables, vectors, and diagrams.  I most often lose them somewhere around increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.

Why do we work so hard?  Well, we’re obviously chasing performance, and performance is obviously this European Brown Hare which can run at speeds of up to 45mph.  We CrossFit fiends see performance out in front and are forced to pursue it in haste like panting hounds.  Maybe that’s an overly verbose and contrived metaphor, but it works well for our purpose here.

There are so many great side effects of our performance chasing though.  We not only are improving our ability to move loads long distances quickly, but we also learn valuable lessons that can be applied to our everyday lives.  Don’t believe me?  Here it is from the man himself:

“The lessons learned through physical training are unavoidable. The character traits required and developed through physical training are universally applicable to all endeavors. Perseverance, industry, sacrifice, self-control, integrity, honesty and commitment are best and most easily learned in the gym. Even clients who have found spectacular success in business, sport, war, or love find their most important values buttressed, refined and nourished in rigorous training”
– Greg Glassman

So work hard Ktowners, it pays off.

Harbinger of the hounds,
Coach G

By | 2017-04-25T14:40:25+00:00 June 30th, 2009|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|8 Comments


  1. Geri June 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    No matter what your passion may be, everyone needs to experience a Saturday morning at CrossFit.

  2. Jacqui from Ohio July 1, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Crossfit Ktown rocks! Thanks to Coach Grant for being such a great teacher. It was awesome to WOD with the class on Tuesday night and for learning so much and setting a PR on Wednesday morning. Thanks everyone! If I’m back in town I will come visit again for sure. Keep working hard!

  3. Jessie July 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Saturday workouts are so much fun!

  4. LarryS July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    And you will see all ages at the Sat workout . . . one Sat we had a 10 or 11 year old soccer player all the way up to an old man of 64 (me) . . .

  5. Kyle July 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Harbringer of Hounds should be on a new “Grant only” t-shirt. Maybe at the end of each month you give a “hound” shirt out to the one who has performed the best? Or has had the most significant increase in performance?

  6. Erik Behan July 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Sometimes I have to do Metcons at regular bigbox gyms and I love when people ask me, “What are you getting ready for?” As if people only train that hard when preparing for a target event or something. I’ll say, “I’m doing this to get ready for the next one, which is tomorrow.”

  7. crossfitktown July 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    @Erik Behan
    I like that…

  8. Doug July 7, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Erik Behan :“I’m doing this to get ready for the next one, which is tomorrow.”

    Love it!

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