Greg Glassman and Cicero: exordium

05 Aug

There are only 2 people in the world I really listen to.

One is Greg Glassman, the other is Cicero. Whilst the span of the centuries separated them, they both guide us in how to run our  sessions, especially beginner sessions. The often ignored  “letter to trainers”   with its emphasise on virtuosity, holds in my view, the same sway as the concept of  captatio benevolentiae or  “capturing good will” as suggested by Cicero.

It was perhaps with an eye to classical rhetoric that we chose the name “i-course” for our one day crossfit skill masterclass. We felt the “i” could stand for  “introduction”, little remembering that a few centuries before, Cicero has said the function of an introduction (exordium) is:

Reddere auditores benevolos, attentos, dociles–that is, “to render the listeners well-disposed, attentive, and ‘docile'” [docilis means “teachable; cf. docere, “to teach”]

The aim of our beginner sessions, the i-Course, and the warm up phase of  every Crossfit London UK  class is to  render our actual, and  potential CrossFitters “well-disposed, attentive, and teachable.”
That, dear Crossfit Londoners, is Classics. Innit.
Crossfit London UK is  a “High intensity functional exercise classical rhetoric fusion”.
(Props  to Rita)

6 thoughts on “Greg Glassman and Cicero: exordium

  1. “The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt, the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence”
    Cicero 55BC (The final years of Rome’s Republic)

    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

  2. Just a point in defense of ‘assistance to foreign lands being curtailed’ – the UK currently gives less than 1% of its GDP in foreign assistance (less than 0.7% to be exact) and this money literally saves millions of lives every year (and prevents further waves of migration pushing at Britain’s borders). Not only is it moral imperative for the UK to continue to do this, it is absolutely in our self-interest.

    I could go on – but I won’t. I just try and dispell the myth that the UK is out there spending 10% of its budget helping other countries out whenever I can. 🙂

  3. my fault! absolutely nothing: from hence forth i will not provoke people by bringing “political issues” here.

    Im a moron!

    book for the christmas party now

  4. Ha ha! No, not provoked! Just thought there might be some analogy that was over my head!

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