5 Things that prove Star Wars is about CrossFit.
In 1977 the first of the three Star Wars movies was released. The three original (and best) Star Wars movies spawned a legion of followers that to this day reference the characters, recite lines and dress in costumes. But was there something more to these movies? Were they a propaganda piece for the fitness regime that was come and if so was George Lucas and Greg Glassman advertising CrossFit subliminally to millions of people?
The strange ‘community’ at the Mos Eisley Cantina and Jabba the Hutt’s paleo diet of frogs starts to take on a whole different meaning.
This article will uncover a number of scary similarities between the movies set in a galaxy far, far away and the fitness ‘cult’ that prove George Lucas and Greg Glassman were working together.
Is a Light Saber really a Barbell?
The light saber is perhaps the most recognised symbol from the movies. We all remember the first time that Luke Skywalker picked one up. He knew he could hold it but didn’t really know what to do with it. Just like that look on a new Cross Fitter's face as they are introduced to the barbell for the first time. With practice and drills coached by Obi Wan, Luke is shown how to use his lightsaber gracefully, perform tricks and moves that others are impressed by. In the same way, people new to CrossFit are confused by the cumbersome device we know as a barbell. Over time they learn to move well and become one with the barbell. In time, moves like the Clean and Jerk and Snatch are performed with elegance and ease. Was this our first introduction to the concept of difficulties that we would face to make this weapon look far less clumsy?
Darth Vader is Dave Castro.
Perhaps one of Glassman and Lucas’ most amazing inclusions in their project is that of Dave Castro. The representation of Dave as Darth Vader is remarkable seeing Casto was yet to be born.
Castro’s programing of the Opens, Regionals and Games is a display of his power to make people do things that they wouldn’t normally do and appear to do against their own will. Many say that Castro is a good man but has lost his way, his position has seen him use his powers now for evil and his strength seems to be growing. Remind you of anyone?
Young Anakin Skywalker was a good man lured in by the power of the darkside. His abilities to use the Force grew and soon his abilities as a Jedi to control people did too.
When Darth Vader says, “I am altering the deal. Pray I do not alter it any further.” That could have easily been Castro responding to some Box owners over the dumb bell controversy of 2017!
Yoda is a CrossFit Coach.
The Jedi Master, Yoda, is the one called upon to train young Luke in the ways of the Force. He literally coaches Luke!
In the training scene Yoda makes Luke run, jump and climb a vine. It looks suspiciously like a legless rope climb to me!
Some of the most memorable lines from Star Wars are those of the Jedi Master. This small unassuming creature that possess great skill, ability and of course wisdom is surely George Lucas’ representation of a CrossFit Coach and could in fact be meant to represent Glassman himself. If we take a look at some of his quotes it all starts to make sense………
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” - an obvious description about learning double unders, burpees and the anger felt by athletes performing these movements.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” - We have all stood at a barbell over thinking a lift or have baulked at a workout that instills fear. Sometimes we just have to be told by a coach to do it.
“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you? Hmm? Hmm? And well you should not.” - It is clear in this teaching from Yoda that he is referring to all athletes having strengths and weaknesses. Some amazing lifts come from those that we least suspect.
“Always pass on what you have learnt” - Too obvious to even comment on.
Probably the most famous speech by Yoda is when he explains the Force…….
“For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere!”
Hello!.....Is anyone else hearing Glassman’s ‘Fitness in 100 words’?
Everyone has a friend that doubts.
We’ve all been there…….when we first discovered CrossFit we were excited, we spoke about it and had discussions about Fran with friends. But there was always one friend that didn’t believe. According to them it was no match for the Chest and Tri’s, Back and Bi’s split!
Enter Han Solo. Han was the detractor, a non believer. Could Lucas have been preparing CrossFitters for these negative people that would tread on our enthusiasm?
“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
The destruction of the Globo gym.
Star Wars is itself about the construction of the largest space station/weapon in the galaxy. With the Death Star in the control of the Empire, planets everywhere were in danger. But a few brave members of the Rebellion, in small space ships, take on this giant, seemingly unstoppable conglomerate and destroy it.
Was George Lucas forecasting the way the fitness industry was to go in the future? Were he and Glassman laying the foundation and motivation for CrossFit to make it’s way in the universe? The giant unstoppable force of the Globo gyms had started their dominance in the fitness universe. In some locations they had put smaller gyms out of business. (This is clearly represented by the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star.) That is until a few brave members of the CrossFit community made a stand. With limited resources and equipment they put themselves out there, took on the Globo gyms and made the galaxy safe for small gyms and CrossFit boxes everywhere.
By the way……..Yoda walks with a cane because he has a limp.
May the Force be with you!