One of my favourite Ted talk presenters is Simon Sinek.
Sinek is famous for books such as Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last and Together Is Better.
He’s as equally well known for his talks, available on multiple platforms including Ted and YouTube.
About a week or so ago, I watched one of his talks, by meaning watched I paid lip service to it as I merrily hammered some unsuspecting victim at Golf Clash on my iPhone!
As I continued with my golf, I started to get ever more drawn into his talk as he mentioned the Vietnam war. I love military history so this cut through the slack and my attention was absolute, golf could wait.
Sinek started talking about the two approaches to the conflict. The US led operations, focusing on the finite, and the winning of many battles, contrasted against the North Vietnamese approach of infinite resistance, aimed at outlasting the US.
It got me thinking about how we train at the gym, and whether we are finite or infinitely focused.
Finite is best described as being bound by:
Agreed upon objective
For example, in training circles a good example would be the workout “Fran”.
Thrusters @ 42.5/30kg
Players – those you compete with in class
Rules – lockout over head, chin over the bar
Structure – 21-15-9 rep scheme
Agreed objective – get through the work as quick as possible
Infinite, on the other hand, is best described as:
Known and unknown players
Objective is to keep the game going
For example, our programming, and it’s affect on the next 20, 30, 40 or 50 years of your life.
Players – we change the players we include in our programming regularly. Many of you will never have performed a zercher squat before training with us.
Rules – will change to suit your requirements and needs
Objective – to keep the great game, your health and fitness, going for as long as possible.
As an finite athlete, your constant focus is victory, to win as well and as regularly as possible.
Experience tells us this is one of the main reasons people fall away from CrossFit. Too much competition, too much intensity, too much full stop.
That’s why we play the infinite game, and for us, that is to help you Move Better, Live Longer and Be Happier.
We aim to change the rules where we need to, add new players when we need to, and to keep you on track, to keep your game going for as long as possible.
So the next time you’re at the gym, consider how you view your training.
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