The Silent Grind

So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say they have their reward in full. matthew six:two

Crossfit has appeals to a variety of people for a variety of reasons. Some love the intensity. Others love the variation. Some enjoy how scalable it is. I found myself intrigued by all of these. But there was something in particular that locked me in. It was the tracking. I enjoy the fact that at Crossfit Kindle, they subscribe to Wodify. Wodify is an app that allows gym members to record and track their progress while comparing their WOD performance to others in the gym. I creates a sense of motivation and drive that I lacked while working out at a ‘globo gym’. Wodify allows you to record lifts at different rep schemes, record Metcon times, and tracks your PRs for both those. Then when you beat a PR, a sweet little gold badge appears next to your name that day. Wodify tells you that you are improving, and lets everyone else in the box know it too.

There is something about doing the work with a class and seeing how you stack up against everyone. There is something about getting into the grit of a work out then getting that swelling of accomplishment as you climb the whiteboard. Truth be told, when Coach Nolan at Kindle programs a Metcon for no measure, or score in Wodify, there is a revolt. In fact, one of our members took to our box’s Facebook group to petition the measure of a Metcon this week. It was a grind of a work out, and nobody got to track it. Nolan was just getting us to work for work’s sake, no one knowing how the other did.

When it comes to work for the sake of work, one member of Crossfit Kindle comes to mind. Bear in mind, everyone there does work that doesn’t get logged into Wodify, but one person has inspired the writing of this entry.

Nick Argueta. This guy is an all around awesome dude. He’s a great husband and father, and an athlete worth looking up to. The last few times I have been at the gym, Nick will come in and get some lifting done with Coach Nolan. Then once they’ve finished, Nick will go to the corner of the gym to just put in work. This isn’t really fun looking work either. The two most recent moments that have stuck the most with me is when Nick was willingly doing burpees. Yes, I said it, burpees. The photo on this post was from Nick’s row and burpee work out. Two of the things that I, nor I am sure many others, would do by their own choice. Moreover, he did it solo with no whiteboard or Wodify to speak of. No grunts, yells, or falling out on his back ensued during this work out either. It was just work because he knew that he should.

Seeing Nick just be work off to the side with no audience reminded me of what Jesus said in Matthew 6 during his Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 6:1 says, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” He goes on to say in verse 2, “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say they have their reward in full.” The idea here is to do good from a humble heart, not from a heart that seeks to inflate the ego. Do good, but do it privately. Find the quiet moments when no one is around and do good for the sake of doing good. Look out for the times when no one is looking and bless a life. After all, someone is looking and He is looking deeper than the outer actions. God is looking at the intent of your heart. Are you quietly seeking to honor Him? Are you doing good for His sake or your sake? Only one will reap eternal rewards. The other comes and goes in a moment.

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