My son and I walked into the box to discover it was ‘Testing Day.’
Testing Day was reminiscent of a health clinic. But instead of hitting your knees with a little hammer or listening to your heart with a stethoscope, the guys with clipboards watch as you do shoulder presses and wall balls.
The knee hammer is probably more fun.
Actually, Crossfit, even on a day where the WOD is replaced with a health inspection, is fun for me. And I can’t help but think of the similarities between testing day and a visit to a German health clinic:
- You go into a big room with a bunch of other people–many of them you’ve seen before
- You fill out paperwork
- You ask someone to translate the hard words, which turn out to be ‘easy’ words
- You guesstimate your weight and height, because you can’t convert inches to centimeters off-hand
- You’re suddenly much taller and skinnier on paper than you are in real life
- Everyone complains about the slow service, & for those of us who are English-speakers, the communication problems.
- You go to the proper ‘station’ at the proper time
- First come, first served
- You hope the guys with the clipboards know what they’re doing
- The guys with clipboards scrawl things on your paperwork
- You hope that by the end of the visit, you’ll come away healthier
- When you do finish, you feel a sense of camaraderie with others who’ve just endured the same thing
- They will want to re-evaluate in 8 weeks
The only difference is that in a German health clinic, you take a number and sit around and read a book until they get to you. At Crossfit, you stand there talking and rolling out your hips and/or shoulders.
While I DO love seeing improvement, I’m not going to stress about the testing day or the follow-up. As our Coach Rob likes to say, “It’s all good!”
And it is.
Every bit of Crossfit, even two solid minutes of wall balls, is good–especially when you’re fertig.