: a young person who is developing into an adult : a young person who is going through adolescence
: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength
: a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something : the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc.
I thought it would be good to open this blog with a few simple words and their definitions. The reason I thought this would be a good idea is because sometimes we don’t really think about what we are saying and just how impressive it is when we put these three words together.
Let’s take the first word. Adolescent. Simply put, teenager. What do we think when we think of a teenager? Usually a carefree kid that has not too many worries other than school work, maybe a part time job and where to hang out on the weekend. I feel very comfortable saying this because I was once a teenager so….I kind of have some experience here.
Next word. Athlete. So what do you think about when you think of an athlete? Most of our heads go to young adults in college and on up from there. NFL, NBA, MLB, Olypians, etc….. A little older than a teenager and someone who has the maturity to put in the extra hours of work.
And finally, one of my personal favorite words in the dictionary, Dedication. This is a word that we can think about in many different ways. In life, if you expect to be great at anything, you must be dedicated. Without dedication, there is undoubted failure.
About two years ago, I was talking to a friend and MCCF member, Karen Butler, about her family that was moving to town. She was excited to tell me about her two nephews, because they were my boy’s ages and both athletic. She said that she wanted her older nephew Jordan, who was 12 at the time, to try CrossFit, so, she had him come on in. From the first day, you could see Jordan was intrigued. He came in with his father and the two of them would work out together. Over time, he wanted to get to know more and do more. I remember as coaches, we would all keep a very watchful eye on him as he wodded because he wanted to lift heavy but as a young athlete, we did not want him getting hurt!
Zack started working one on one with Jordan on movements and form as well as programming his workouts. By the end of his first year, the form was there, the weight was there and Jordan was competing. There was something special about this kid and we all saw it. Very rarely was there a day that you would not see Jordan in the gym either doing WOD’s or working on movements. I remember last summer seeing Jordan at 9am in CrossFit, then seeing him during the day on the beach, and then seeing him once again at 4:30pm back in the box to get some more work done! Most kids were still on the beach but not this kid, he had work to do.
Jordan started the road to WODAPALOOZA months ago doing “in-house” competitions while being taped to submit each week. We would have our regular class times and it was rare if you didn’t see Jordan in the corner being filmed! Day by day, week by week, Jordan never quit. He worked harder than just about any athlete I have come across to get to where he knew he needed to be. And got there he did!
Jordan came in 6th place in the country, for his age group, to be invited to compete at a very large, invite only CrossFit competition in Miami. While there, he was up against kids his age, four of which competed at the CrossFit games! The platform was huge and the WOD’s were intense. It was three days of putting it all out there. Everything Jordan had worked so hard for was being put to the test in a way that most 14 year olds would never be able to handle. Not only was he up against the best 14 year old kids in the country, this competition was broadcast all over the world! Out of 18 kids in his age group, Jordan closed the weekend with an amazing 7th place finish! He gained experience of large competition platforms and even more than that, he gained the knowledge that he absolutely belongs on the big stage of CrossFit!
Jordan puts his heart and soul into his training and MCCF. The way he trains day in and day out is inspiring. The way he represented our box and himself in Miami as a young athlete is so admirable. I can’t put into words how proud we are of this kid. So the next time you put the words adolescent, athlete and dedication in the same sentence, you are sure to be speaking about Jordan Butler.