After breakfast this morning, I was going to run 6 miles like I had planned for my Weekly Workouts, but, as I was changing into my running gear, I remember that I told one of my CrossFit friends that I’d be at Monday night’s class. I’m sure she wouldn’t have cared if I decided not to go tonight, but I don’t like letting people down or going back on my word, especially when it comes to our little CrossFit family.
Besides the fitness aspects of CrossFit, the reason why I love it so much is because it emphasizes the importance of community, which I think is why so many people stick with it once they start. Sure, people call CrossFit a “cult,” but, unless you do it, it’s sort of hard to understand the type of bond you create with the other members of your box. You’re doing the workouts as a group, so when you’re done, you’ve gone through an experience with those people, so there’s a great level of camaraderie and respect. It’s different than a group exercise class at a gym. Unlike a regular gym, no one zones out on cardio machines, wears headphones, or even leaves the box until everyone has finished the WOD. Everyone is working out together and supporting one another the entire time.
Obviously, there are varying levels of commitment to CrossFit. There are some people who just go to the class, workout hard for an hour, and then head home, but most people are more involved and take the whole community thing to heart by getting to know the other members and forming friendships. At our box, pretty much everyone knows everyone else’s name and it’s actually unusual to not introduce yourself to someone new.
In just 3.5 short months, Mal and I have formed some awesome friendships with the folks at our CrossFit. Every time we walk into CrossFit 781, we’re immediately greeted by one of the coaches and usually by someone who is there even earlier than us. (Mal and I always arrive at class a good 15-20 minutes before it starts to work on skills.) It’s been a fun ride so far, and I can only imagine what the next several months will bring. All I know is that I leave class better than I was yesterday.
How does community motivate you to become a better version of yourself?
Lunch was leftover veggies from the fridge: boiled cabbage + sweet potato wedges with Teddie Peanut Butter on top, which I apologize doesn’t look that appetizing (Mal just saw the pic and said it looked like cat vomit), but I swear, it tasted delicious! On the side: plain Greek yogurt for some protein!
A few hours later, I whipped up a smoothie as an afternoon snack. In the mix: frozen banana, chopped frozen kale, fresh strawberries, vanilla protein powder, and almond milk
Off to walk the pug and then CrossFit! Booyah!
P.S. My friend Kaitlyn sent me a couple of fitness job postings some of you might be interested in. Check ‘em out: Marketing Manager – Fitness & Training (CrossFit) and Marketing Communications Manager – Fitness & Training. I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of tempted to apply for the CrossFit one myself!