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April 10, 2012

Tuesday Attitude: Soul-dier

“A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must gve it this soul.” -Pope John Paul II

I often wonder what people think when we say “the gym”? Or even better, when we say “taking class at the gym”? Do they conjure images of machines, mirrored rooms, and leg-warmers? It’s got to be hard to imagine the CF gym from the outside, especially because in order to really know it, you have to know the people who built it. Those who put the soul into CF.

Regardless of background and ability, the soul of CF was instilled by folks who come through the doors with a single-minded intent. “In the next hour, with extreme prejudice and relentless pursuit, I will push the limits of HR and fatigue, I will take myself beyond what I can do, I will add a piece of my soul to CF.”

Knowing that CF is not a building or set of exercises, but a “soulfulness” is the first step to understanding CF. Do you get it?

(Here’s some mojo for the next Q…cleaning out and condensing the 2012 folder)

chris
Comments
  • Wicasa Yatapika April 10, 2012 Reply

    Awesome video and insight into what makes CF what it is…it has a soul or a Spirit all its own, instilled by the blood, sweat, tears and suffering of all those who have come through the door. Many folks today in America avoid suffering, we have become a nation of convenience which has led to an unsustainable attitude of indifference and mediocrity. Suffering is the root of all growth, and without it growth is impossible in any undertaking. To me there is nothing like the feeling of burning lungs and legs to let me know that I’m truly alive. Suffering for a cause or for your people should be considered a highly noble endeavor, in many cultures it is and was once here on this continent. Suffering lets the soul or the Spirit know you are worthy of growth, are worthy of the gifts bestowed on you because you have been forged by the fires of life. Suffering is giving selflessly, it is pushing the mind past preconceived limits, it is freeing, and it opens up a whole new world of possibilities…There is not a class that goes by that my heart, my lungs, my muscles and my mind are not screaming at me to stop, but I don’t because I do not want to let myself down, but more importantly I do not want to let any of you down by giving less than what I really have, and if you give in even one time, it makes it that much harder the next…the Universe is unforgiving for inattentiveness, but it is also collectively compassionate and ready to reward great effort…

  • Kyle April 10, 2012 Reply

    I just finished visiting my 6th CF box this week (CF Vegas). Trust me when I tell the people and intensity at CF is amazing and unique! Yeah Yeah!

  • Jan April 10, 2012 Reply

    I don’t think there can ever be enough reminders about what makes CF special. Truly.

    When I read similar blogs or see similar videos, I nod along and smile in a very knowing way b/c it underscores what I already have in my life. But it’s like anything that you believe in so steadfastedly: you seek out constant re-affirmation of what your heart and soul tells you is a good thing. Like wrapping a security blanket around your philosophies. Or like continuing ed. It’s fine when that re-affirmation comes from external, comparable sources.. but it’s way, way better when it comes from the source itself. That’s why I keep walking through the door.

  • Maria N April 11, 2012 Reply

    Thanks to Matt for all the time managing/creating photos & videos.

    I understand most folks don’t know what “gym” means to me, but I’m pretty confident it’s really not explainable unless one experiences it. I get re-affirmed every day I walk in knowing it’s the right fit for me…..that’s all that matters.

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