Our Mission Statement
CrossFit Sintered has a simple mission statement with a lot of meaning packed into it:
"To help people become better. Better at everything."
I know it sounds presumptuous, but it’s the truth. We’re not here just to help you lose weight, hit a new PR, look better naked, get healthy/fit/jacked, or win the CrossFit Games.
We will do those things, absolutely, but not as an end in themselves. What we’re really here for is not to help you reach a goal, but a meta-goal, the goal of goals:
We want to help you become the type of person who can achieve any goal.
You only have to think about that for a second to know that it’s what you’re really striving for anyway. Those smaller goals are checkpoints, not endpoints. We encourage you to set those checkpoints and strive to reach them, but we always want the meta-goal to be in the forefront of your mind.
What does that mean?
It means that when someone offers you the latest and greatest supplement/body wrap/6-week transformation challenge to give you the body you’ve always wanted, you walk away. Not because they’re being dishonest (and they probably are), but because EVEN IF THEY ARE TELLING THE TRUTH, you don’t want to be the type of person who can only achieve something with a shortcut. Your goal is not to have the body of your dreams but to become the person who can do the hard work necessary, make the sacrifices willingly, accept the suffering voluntarily, and gain control over yourself. Then getting the body of your dreams will be within your power. It means when you’re trying have the fastest time for today’s WOD on the member blog, and you lose count of your reps, you do extra just to be sure. It means when you’re going for a new PR and there is no one there to judge your movement standards, you squat below parallel and hit full lock out with every rep. Your goal is not the PR itself. It’s becoming the person who can set not just this PR today, but any and all future PR’s. It means that when you compete you’re not there to win the competition by getting away with the shoddiest reps or getting lucky enough to have the laziest judge. You’re not really there to win the competition at all. You are there to become a better person; the type of person who could win any competition; the type of person who others will want to compete with and against. It means that when you’re only a few places away from qualifying for regionals and someone offers you illegal performance enhancing drugs that are guaranteed to get past the drug screen, your answer, without hesitation, is “no.” We never allow the checkpoint to distract us from the endpoint. We never lose sight of who we’re becoming on the way to our goals.
The fact is, you must do hard things that you don’t want to do in order to make progress.
If it were easy, or if you wanted to do it, you’d have already done it and consequently, you probably wouldn’t be reading this now. CrossFit embraces this fact, and so do we. We know that this isn’t exactly pleasant news. It’s the type of lesson that is easier to know in your mind than it is to act out. The good news is that the gym gives you a place to practice acting it out every day. It’s here that you can voluntarily push yourself out of your comfort zone and put yourself in a place where it takes genuine moral courage and effort to stay honest and forthright. There’s no other place quite like it. The payoff is also obvious. If you do the hard things for a few months you will see a change in your body and its capabilities. Those changes are less obvious in other areas of life, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. You know that you will encounter difficult situations that will require strength of character in everyday life. We want to provide a place where you can practice that skill daily, so that when the tragedy of life comes, you are strong enough to bear it. It’s in this way that CrossFit is not just about physical adaptation. “The greatest adaptation to CrossFit takes place between your ears.” – Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit.
We want you to be the type of person who can tell the truth no matter the consequences; who can act in such a way that you can tell the truth about how you act; who can stand up to bullies; who can comfort the brokenhearted when your own heart is broken; who can set an example you would be proud for your children to follow; who can be relied upon in a crisis; who doesn’t hide unwanted things or past shames in a fog; who is grateful in spite of your suffering; who is humble in spite of praise. If we thought there was a better way to help you become this type of person than opening a CrossFit gym, then we would have done that instead. CrossFit Sintered is not the easy way. But we think it is the right way.