Written By Casey Parlett
Last night I had an experience that shed new light on just how powerful the CrossFit Philosophy and methodology really is. I saved someone’s life that would have drowned had I not acted. That piece is much less important than what I learned and gained. I just acted and did what I had to do. I’m not writing this to talk about me saving someone’s life. I am writing this to share how powerful CrossFit as a strength and conditioning program truly is.
CrossFit’s program at it’s base is all about general physical preparedness(GPP), being prepared for anything that life may throw at you at any given time. It does a damn good job of that by using high intensity, functional movements that are constantly varied.
I have followed these basic methodologies in my own training since 2008 mainly to excel at my sport. My focus on training has always been to prepare for competition and in my down time just pushing my fitness so I could always go into training camp stronger, faster, and a better athlete than I had been previously. In doing so over the last 6 years my GPP has become very strong and broad. I do the typical in the gym CrossFit stuff, but also living in Carlsbad on the beach I go out from time to time and workout in the sand and even include some ocean swims occasionally because swimming is not a strength of mine, so I better do it because you just never know….
I found out just how important it was, if last night was a test, CrossFit passed with a perfect score. Out of the 7-10 people on the beach I was the only one that acted. (I didn’t think about this until after) Two of the people on the beach who did nothing were friends of the guy I saved (both looked “fit”) but sat helpless as they watched their friends life about to slip away. The others just sat and starred and were ok with someone dying as long as it wasn’t them because they lacked the confidence and ability to do anything.
It’s so hard to say that had I not found CrossFit back in 2008 if the result would’ve been the same, I’d like to think it would have been but I’ll never know. What I do know is by training for the “unknown” I was able to perform the unknown with no hesitation and perform it successfully. I had full confidence in my ability because I regularly put myself through mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging situations, “The Workout Of The Day”.
Humans/animals are designed to be able to react on instinct with no hesitation, fitness is just something naturally acquired. Because that has been lost with humans over the last few hundred years it is now important to work on our fitness and preserving our ability to excel at functional movements. Without that, we lose the ability to act when needed and our whole society becomes at risk. If everyone did their part to stay fit the world would be a better place on so many levels.
If that is not important to you, I’ll leave you with this: Had I not been fit and prepared for anything and I had to witness that guy die because I failed or just didn’t try, it would eat at me for the rest of my life. And that is something that doesn’t just go away. Don’t get caught unprepared for something that will drastically effect the rest of your life. Train to be prepared for life.
Please share this if you feel that CrossFit is for everyone.