I’m hearing a lot of backlash on CrossFit and Olympic lifting these days, especially after the horrible Kevin Ogar injury.
Hyperbole like “no one should ever snatch.” Broad sweeping condemnation like “CrossFit is dangerous.”
It’s the same thing when a long distance runner dies at the age of 38. “No one should ever run a marathon.” Even the guy that ran the first recorded marathon in history died immediately after completing his mission!
The logic goes something like this: If we avoid risky behavior, we’ll all be just fine and live a longer, better life.
Unfortunately, it’s a lie. Is Kevin’s story a horrible tragedy? Of course. Are there lessons to be learned? Yes. But that’s not what this post is about. (I’d suggest this article for more.)
By this logic of risk avoidance, no one should ever drive a car. Or get on a plane to explore the world. Or age. All of which increase our risk of death. Heck, you could die in your sleep!
We are all going to die! If you want to build a bubble and avoid risk at the expense of experiencing life – go for it. I have no intention of living in fear. I did that for a a few months and it made me wish for death.
My coach likes to say that how you do anything is how you do everything and that how you handle a bar is how you handle life.
Are you going to leave the bar racked for someone else? Or get on that thing and learn and progress and explore and fail and get up and try again?
After my divorce, I swore I’d never let anyone in that close again. It hurt too much. Life and love were too painful. Had I stuck to that fatalistic oath, I would never have met Diane. And that would have been the biggest mistake of all.
There’s no way to live a risk-free life. Life is inherently dangerous and at the same time an amazing blessing.
While I spend most of my time helping others learn how to live healthier lives (and thus decreasing risk of disease), the ultimate goal is to be healthy enough to live a full life. Healthy enough to engage in the activities you love for as long as you are blessed to wake up each day.
In my opinion, a life without risk is no life at all.
Yours in Health,
PS: For those who are bold enough to embrace the struggle and are unfortunate enough to fall…please consider helping them out. In Kevin’s case, he is going to require funds for his recovery. Please check out this link and his story and see how you can help.