Get Some Perspective

Sep 13th, 2013

Category: Fitness

Get Some Perspective


Beth about to stand up out of a clean


There’s an article that was floating around FB Land a couple weeks ago that deserves a re-post here on the blog.  It’s something I think about a lot with my own training, as well as in my coaching of others, and something I’ve had to apply a lot more as I’ve gotten older and am now 10 years into my CF journey.  The author of the article, Andy Petranek, reminds us that one of the most important traits to possess is perspective.  It’s important to know why you’re doing what you’re doing, and to be able to step back and make sure you’re on the right path.

It’s critical that you take care of your body, and that your training creates a body that gets better over time, not one that breaks down.  Andy, who comes from an endurance background (he is a former professional Eco Challenge competitor), really enjoys combining the high intensity workouts of CF with longer, less intense, more recovery-oriented activities (think long, easy runs, swims, etc.).  He’s found the right balance of activities and is loving the results.

I veer more toward the other end of the spectrum in the activities I enjoy (as an example, Arnold and I have a little side competition going in an upcoming Olympic lifting meet–he’s in the lead currently, by the way).  As a result, I use CF to support the handful of masters-level CF competitions I compete in, as well as some upcoming Olympic lifting meets I plan to compete in (again, as an old guy–i.e., masters athlete).  And yes, I’m really into tennis, as a few of you know, and CF is a perfect way to keep me in shape for that.

The point is, you have to decide what you’re training for, and make sure that you use CF in a way that will support that.  Don’t get caught up in what others are doing.  And by the way, if training for you is about being healthy and looking good, that’s fine, too.  It really is about you.

Read the full article here:  A Different Version of CrossFit:  How I Made My Training Sustainable and Injury-Free


  1. Flo September 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    thanks, mike. this is a good reminder…it helps me focus and gives value to the work we each do at cf.

  2. Sherrill September 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Good article, plus great shot of Beth!

  3. Denise Levin September 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. I love the fun and intensity of Crossfit and although I’ve made progress, I often find myself wondering if I’m in the right place. It’s easy to focus on all I “can’t” do and compare myself to others. I know my targets. They are to be healthy and strong and to look and feel good. It’s great to know that I’m welcome and supported!