When I first started my box I probably had 15 close friends, I now have 116.
Community is a word that gets thrown around a lot in the CrossFit world and rightly so, personally, I think it’s one of the absolute best things about the sport of CrossFit.
In today’s world, there’s a Pokemon and a Globo style gym on every corner, but if you follow the loud music, the sound of weights banging and echo’s of cheering you’ll find your way to your local box and, well, once you are in, rest assured you will never want to leave.
A CrossFit box is a place where you’ll quickly get to know everyone’s name, you’ll soon find out who hates Fran, who loves burpees (if these people even exist?), who has the most pairs of workout shoes and who logged all their macro’s of the paleo brownie they just ate.
It’s a place where you’ll soon come to find, you’ll be spending hopefully the best hour and a bit of your day. I have been involved in sports and fitness for many years and I can assure you there are few sports that share the sense of community spirit quite like CrossFit. For me, it’s always special to see the last person finishing a workout getting the loudest cheer from their fellow members, which is pretty unique to our community.
I’m pretty sure if you asked any Crossfitter from the Games athletes to the stay at home once overweight mom, it’s not the competitions won or lost, not the snatch PB you smashed, or even all the kgs we lost that will be remembered, it’s the people and relationships that we will remember and treasure.
Some days your snatches will suck, on these days don’t forget to celebrate those who PB’d that day. Some days you will finish workouts minutes before others, don’t forget how much a word of encouragement will mean to those still going. New guys and girls will walk into the gym for a first class, don’t forget that was once us. So go ahead, introduce yourself, cheer them on and make some new friends, this is how we make all the real gainz.
Author: Brent Shield
Brent is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer and qualified strength and sports conditioning coach. He is also an owner at BMC CrossFit Blouberg.
Brent is a two times Regional athlete who has been in the fitness industry since 2008 and involved in CrossFit since 2011.