Sober Sundays

One morning during the 10am class, I saw one of our newer members, Brett, write 150 on the floor in front of him while he was doing his workout.  After all the work was done, I asked him about the special number on the floor that helped him push a little harder through a tough workout and without hesitation and with great pride he told me he was 150 days sober.

I immediately had flashbacks of seeing Tim Mustion in his “Sober” t-shirt at this year’s CrossFit regionals and I started doing some research.   Tim, a recovering heroin addict is putting as much time and effort into his CrossFit career as he did in pursuing his drug addiction and has now competed in 3 CrossFit regionals.

Inspired by the story, Brett and I contacted Tim for some advice on starting our own Sober Sunday, a non-profit beach workout on a Sunday morning, so that people in recovery can start forming new, healthy bonds with exercise and like-minded people, working hard to better themselves.

We went step by step through the different phases of rehabilitation and pin pointed things that people in recovery might need, like mobility and stretching, frontal cortex and vestibular stimulation and activation and waking up the central nervous system.  We looked and balance, conditioning and temperance training.

Mustion answers the big question about what CrossFit and sobriety have in common in a blog post for his own box, CrossFit Hype:

“Some of you guys might be thinking, how can CrossFit and sobriety be similar? One has to do with drugs and alcohol and the other with fitness and making healthy choices. Well, I will let you decide when you are finished reading this.

There is no doubt that drugs and alcohol and CrossFit do not mix well. CrossFit takes true dedication, eating healthy and often, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep. Somebody addicted to drugs and alcohol could not possibly keep up with the type of maintenance your body needs in order to do CrossFit. Now take someone like me who was addicted to drugs and alcohol and tell them they can no longer use drugs or drink alcohol. Keep in mind that was my whole life, my life revolved around the next drug or next high, I was not thinking about what Fran time I wanted to get, or how big of a backsquat I was going to hit that day. In order to maintain sobriety that person will have to go through an entire lifestyle change, an entire new way of thinking.  He or she needs to work a program of recovery like the 12-Steps, meet new people and make new friends who share the same interests such as staying sober and getting healthier, be a part of a community, help others, and be held accountable for their actions.  Community, helping others, and accountability are all major parts of maintaining sobriety and damn, you might as well add those characteristics to the definition of CrossFit!”

Watch Tim Mustion’s story and join us for our free Sober Sunday’s class at Robberg 5 beach starting 5 August at 8am every Sunday!! Weather you are 10 days or 10 years Sober join this community initiative.  CrossFit Fuel Your Fire, where our bodies strengthen, our minds sharpen and our hearts shine.

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