The Beast in Me

By November 20, 2013 wod No Comments

It’s something you often hear in CrossFit: “That guy is a BEAST!” “Did you see how much she lifted? She’s a BEAST!”

That’s certainly the most obvious type of beast in CrossFit. That amazing badass that there are just no other words for. But there’s another beast in CrossFit: the one lying inside each and every person who walks in the door. Nick Lowe wrote an eloquent and beautiful song about that beast for Johnny Cash, a man with numerous beasts of his own.

The beast in me
Is caged by frail and fragile bars
Restless by day
And by night, rants and rages at the stars
God help the beast in me

Somewhere in each of us, we’ve got that beast lurking. And I’m not just talking about the First Definition beast here. I’m talking about the beast that grows from all of the little day to day crap we go through. All the stress, the frustration, the anger, the fear, the sadness. The pain. The beast feeds off of anything that isn’t good and happy in your life.

The beast in me
Has had to learn to live with pain
And how to shelter from the rain
And in the twinkling of an eye
Might have to be restrained
God help the beast in me

The beast is there in all of us, silently waiting for a weak moment to raise its head. It may be at work, let loose on a coworker or, worse yet, your boss when your load gets too heavy to carry. It may be at home, making you snap at your loved ones. Maybe it pops up during your commute as you lay on the horn and steer into that idiot who’s just asking for it.

Sometimes it tries to kid me
That it’s just a teddy bear
Or even somehow manage
To vanish in the air
Then that is when I must beware

That’s one of the great things about CrossFit: we specialize in defusing that beast. You can come in here and just let it loose. Lately, we’ve been doing a lot of sledgehammering on big tires. Yes, it has a functional movement aspect and a certain specific affect on your musculature that I’m looking for, but more importantly, it gives the beast an outlet.

Of the beast in me
That everybody knows
They’ve seen him out dressed in my clothes
Patently unclear
If it’s New York, or New Year
God help the beast in me

The next time you’re in here, let go. Let your guard down and let that beast try its worst. The gym can take anything it can leash out. After all, we’re not just working on your bodies in here – we’re working on your minds.

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