Building Community

Yesterday’s WOD:

“Nate”

20 min AMRAP

2 muscle-ups (modification: 1 muscle-up= 3 pull-ups + 3 dips)

4 hand-stand push-ups (modification, toes on a box)

8 kettlebell swings (30#)

9 rounds

Favorite thing about that workout: comradery . I truly felt that we were all cheering each other on yesterday, wanting to push each other, and encourage each other…and because of it, we were all a little bit closer after we were done.

THIS IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT PEOPLE!!!!

Without community, EVERYTHING is so much harder…success is built upon community. Check out this post at competeeveryday.com, called “Together”…

Never alone.

For anyone that’s ever felt lonely or isolated, those are two very powerful words.

There are a lot of reasons the sport of CrossFit has exploded onto the international scene, but I firmly believe the reason it has grown as fast as it has and what makes it unique in its staying power and potential is its community.

Because in the CrossFit community, you’re never alone.

You may finish last in a workout, but instead of having to run that last 200 meters in dead silence you have a handful of your fellow CrossFitters – your friends and second family – cheering loudly for you.

There’s always someone there to push you…

to encourage you

to pick you up…

hold you accountable…

and keep you moving.

It’s almost surreal your first few weeks in a CrossFit affiliate.

You mean people actually cheer during a workout and care whether you finish or not?

Someone besides my coach is celebrating at a new goal reached?

Wow.

It’s pretty awesome when you think about it.

I recently wrote about how rough of a year 2011 had been pre-December.

But I’ve been incredibly blessed with some life-long friends who’s supported me and tons of people at my box.

People who text to check on me. Go to grab lunch just to make sure I’m doing ok.

A family of people who genuinely care.

When’s the last time you were able to say that about people you work out with or see at your gym?

CrossFit’s community is not just limited to one’s own affiliate either.

Ever travel?

My friend Jamie has been to 50+ boxes – experiencing all that CrossFit has to offer around the US.

I’ve been to a handful (not near 50!) myself.

And it’s like you’re visiting extended family.

You’re immediately welcomed, you know what to expect with certain WODs, and (non-CrossFit readers catch this) strangers cheer you on too!

It’s nuts how sometimes we’re one big happy CrossFit family.

Granted, there’s always exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, it’s a powerful and inviting culture.

And each CrossFit athlete – from a newbie who will never perform a muscle up to a Games winner like Rich Froning – wants nothing but success for his / her fellow community member.

It’s about competing.

It’s about family and new friendships.

It’s about goal-setting then goal-smashing.

And at the end of the day, it’s about everyone getting better – in and outside of the box.

CrossFit is about getting better – together as a community.

Never alone.

Always together.

 

This shit makes me emotional!!! This is what it’s about. This is why after 2 years of working out, I’m STILL doing it…still crushing goals…still talking to strangers about how awesome it is, and friends too :-p 😉 Community sets this program apart from everything else out there…

I am so proud to be a part of this family… Let’s continue to encourage each other, push eachother, stretch eachother…cheer eachother on! One more rep, you can do it! Let’s make this the biggest, most encouraging, inspirational family the world has ever seen 🙂

 

Hard to believe this was already about a year ago...time for a new community shot!!! 🙂 xoxoxoxo

 

 

Overflowing with love and gratitude,

Jen 🙂

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