Beard Sessions: Remember Where You Started

Written by Adam Dickerson, Head CrossFit Coach

“It’s not about perfect, it’s about effort. And when you implement that effort into your life every single day. That’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs. Keep going. Remember why you started.”

–       Jillian Michaels

Remember why you started. That’s pretty powerful. Just take a second to reflect on that. For every member that we have at Brickhouse CrossFit, there are probably just as many reasons for why they started. Some of you needed a drastic lifestyle change in order to get healthy. Some of you were just bored with your usual fitness routine and thought you’d give CrossFit a try. We have some that just want to stay in shape and look good, while others might be more geared toward competition.

What I think it more important is remembering WHERE you started. Not the physical location, though that might be important as well, but in what physical state. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The empire slowly grew to its enormous size over centuries. It’s pretty much guaranteed that it took some time to get where you are right now in your fitness journey. Over days, weeks, and months, you’ve chipped away at each obstacle and slowly moved past each milestone. Every once in a while take a look back. When you’re upset about not setting a new personal record on a benchmark workout. When you can’t quite nail those toes to bar. When you are only stringing together a few double unders. Take a look back to that person you were when you first started, who probably didn’t even know what any of that stuff meant.

There has been a video circulating around of Julie Foucher when she started CrossFit in 2009. Many people have been using it as motivation to aspire to be competitive in the CrossFit realm. Julie Foucher has definitely made a lot of progress over a span of years, what’s important is to focus on your own progress rather than comparing that to an elite athlete in the sport. The unhealthy assumption is that you can make it to the CrossFit Games if you put in five years like Julie Foucher. The better take away is that over time you can and will make progress. When watching this video I want you to consider what your training was like when you first started. How far have you come since then?
Lucky for you and rather unlucky for me, I have a training video of myself from March 2011, about six months after I started training at Brickhouse CrossFit. Yep, that’s me unsuccessfully trying to do overhead squats at 105 pounds. Everyone has to start somewhere. As you think about your CrossFit goals, reflect upon where you started, not just where you are going. Sometimes a little perspective goes a long way.


Adam Dickerson is the lead evening coach at Brickhouse CrossFit. In addition to being CrossFit Level 1 and Mobility certified and a USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach, he is best known for his manly beard and his direct, no nonsense approach to coaching.