What is an athlete? Who is an athlete?

Before continuing on with this blog post, stop reading and take a quick minute to ask yourself who or what is an athlete. Would you consider your grandparents athletes? My Grandfather is 92 years old. Most people would argue that he is not in any way an athlete; but the 21-year-old kid working out at the gym seven nights a week is an athlete right? That train of thought is fairly intuitive. Not too many 92-year-old men or women are considered to be athletic; but I strongly argue against that notion.

Consider this: Everybody is an athlete. It makes no difference if we are talking about a man or woman approaching the century mark, an eight year old in gymnastics class, a 14 year old playing hockey, or 21 year old preparing for the NFL combine, a 35 year old stay at home mom, or Tom Brady playing professional football well into his forties; each one of them are athletes. The degree of athleticism simply varies by sport, but everybody participates in the sport of life, period. Every waking moment of your day requires that you are fit enough to do something, no matter how simple or difficult it may be…Oh, you want to get out of bed today, do you? Well you must be athletic enough to do so. Oh, you want to put your pants on and tie your shoes to leave the house today? Again, you must be athletic enough to do so. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with lying in bed naked all day (from time to time), but there is a bit more to life than that.

What you need to ask yourself is: What kind of athlete are you? That answer cannot be generalized. Some folks are in the gym because they don’t want to be the next person in their family to suffer a heart attack. That athlete is responsible for elevating their heart rate a few times every week, lifting something moderately heavy, and eating a cleaner diet. We are here to accommodate that in the most appropriate way possible. Some are genetically predisposed to Osteoporosis (When your bones become spongy and ultimately fragile). That athlete is responsible for performing safe and adequate resistance training to combat that condition. Again, we are here to accommodate that in the most appropriate way possible. Then you have some athletes who have specific goals. Maybe that is to gain muscle, complete a marathon, compete at a weightlifting meet, qualify for Crossfit Regionals, go to the Crossfit games, or join the military; the list goes on and on. My point is that you are an athlete. The degree of athleticism that each individual requires simply varies. What kind of athlete are you?

-Coach Tony