Friday, September 8, 2006

Again Faster

Earlier this month, Again Faster became an official Crossfit Affiliate. To me, this seemingly minor event was a watershed moment. The shuddering muscles and torrents of sweat had manifested into something tangible, something real.

Again Faster was on the fringes of the Crossfit Community, a simple attempt to demonstrate my devotion to the methodology and the people who employ it. I began with a few pithy sentences, ridiculing the current state of fitness, and those who would buy into its lies, misnomers, and myths:

"This site is dedicated to one thing--athletic performance. This is not your standard bullsh*t. We will not be spinning, doing Pilates, debating 8 by 12 rep schemes, or discussing the merits of the South Beach Diet.

My athletic goals revolve around speed and strength. I want to be stronger and faster. If you don't, that's okay. Just don't spend any time posting about the muscle-wasting effects of interval training, or the twelve reasons that working out more than twice a week leads to rare blood disorders. I don't care.

I'm not a trainer, or an expert of any kind. I want every word I read and every site I visit to add to my knowledge. If it doesn't, I'm not spending too much time with it. I hope this site adds to your athletic knowledge. If not, well...don't let the back button hit you in the ass." –Again Faster, May 2nd, 2006

Two things have changed since then. I am a trainer, and Again Faster is no longer on the outside looking in. Now, we’re responsible for the strength, speed, and power of every athlete who trains under our banner. Our philosophical musings have morphed into a call to action—we spend every day helping normal people become formidable athletes.

My motivations spring from one source—I love what we do. For me, Crossfit is an allegorical journey of pleasure, pain, failure, and redemption. Its tenets of strength and fortitude don’t stop at the confines of our gym. They carry beyond, into our relationships, our occupations, and our ambitions.

Our tools—dumbbells, sledgehammers, medicine balls—are merely a means to an end. We pursue elite fitness, and the mindset of indomitable strength that accompanies it. We do it by pushing our boundaries ever-outward, testing the limits of stamina and strength with every transient effort.

By training others, I hope to impart the collective wisdom of those who have trained me, and those who will train me in the future. Crossfit drills to the core of what I hope to become—ceaseless and strong, engendering an atmosphere of support and determination.

See past the veneer of our activities, and you’ll see hundreds of individuals with the same mandate:

Speed, Strength, Power, Progress.

Working toward this simple and indelible goal is a life-long pursuit, and one that everyone should undertake. If I can help you on this journey in any way, whether the first step or the last, please let me know. It would be my pleasure to give whatever I can.

Go faster!


Blogger Dawn Adam-Brown said...

And the trainee becomes a great trainer...because he never forgets how to be a trainee.

Great post Jon, I know you will be very successful in your new journey, and I look forward to watching and learning from it.

9/10/2006 04:12:00 PM  

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