F*ck It Friday
Some of my all-time BEST memories of sports and team practices are the days when things went unplanned. When the team just wasn’t feelin’ it that day, and the coach read our cues and allowed us to play. Even in CrossFit, many of my fondest memories with my clients and teammates are the days when we did a WOD completely off the top of our heads.
While routines and regimes are important, and consistency is key in anything we want results in, it is just as important to have free days and play.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing.”
This morning, I was reminded of this again by my 6:00am class. As the clients rolled in between 5:40 and 6:00am, one-by-one they trickled over to the Northside of our gym (We have two rooms connected by a gate, and the main room is for class, while the Northside is for extra curricular activities).
I realized that no one was intending on doing today’s programmed WOD, so I walked over to the Northside and joined them. As a coach, I was reading the cues, they all just wanted to be together in a free-range environment today.
At the end of the day, we all want the same thing - To break a good sweat and have a little fun for one hour before we have to go back out in the Jungle of Life and adult so hard again!
Most of the time, we do the programming. Every once in awhile, though, it’s nice to break routine and have a little free time.
It is few and far between, but the days when it happens, like today, when it works out that all of us are feelin’ the Northside and end up doing a lot of work while at the same time having a great time - It’s pure magic!
I loved that hour with the 6:00am crew - We all needed that hour. Some of them did a strength set together, while others did a fun chipper I gave them, and everyone was smiling and left that morning satisfied and happy. Fulfilled. It filled my heart as a coach.
Sometimes… It’s okay to say “F*ck it,” and have a free day.
F*ck It Friday today! I think we should have them every other Friday, or at least once a month.
Work hard. Play harder. Love hardest.