“CrossFit is, I believe, the best example of integrity in action. In life, there are many ways that one can cheat. You can cut corners at your job, often times in ways that no one by you will ever know. You can complete a task, not really caring if it’s completed correctly, but just going through the motions to get it done. There are also many shades of cheating – from BIG lies to tiny omissions of truth. The entire spectrum makes up our personal integrity. Integrity is not just wether we will abstain from doing the one, big clearly wrong thing, but how we react to all the little problems life presents us. Integrity is built in the details.
“When you cheat in CrossFit, the only person you’re cheating is yourself.” In CrossFit, integrity is calling a penalty on yourself when it’s warranted. Doing and extra wall ball for the one that doesn’t go above the line, doing an extra pull up when your chin isn’t above the bar, and hitting another squat when your hip crease doesn’t go below your knee.
CrossFit gives us a chance to practice living by our principles. And, when you build integrity, it carries over to every aspect of your life. What you learning the smaller world of CrossFit, you take outside the gym into the greater realm of your life. Everything you learn in CrossFit carries forward directly to the outside world. Calling a penalty on yourself, in the real world, is knowing when your actions are wrong and taking steps to correct them. Counting your reps accurately means judging yourself honestly – and moving forward from that point. Integrity is learning about a deeper gratification – a soul-leveled fulfillment, if you will. Integrity is doing what is in the highest good, not just what you might personally want. It’s calling a penalty on yourself when it’s warranted. It’s taking pride in your final score, no matter what it is.
Be true to CrossFit, be true to your box, but most of all be true to yourself.”