CrossFit and Community
Coach Malcolm here, Im always preaching about the Community of CrossFit or for that matter at LivingStone.
CrossFit & Community
JULY 2, 2014 / HUNT.GATHER.GIRL
I never have to exercise alone (If it was left to me to keep myself fit I’d fail miserably)
There’s always room to improve
The person who is last gets cheered for just as loud as the person who is first
You meet the best and the worst version of yourself. But the best version of you exceeds your expectations by far.
So my choice of exercise is Crossfit – I greatly value the Crossfit community because:
I don’t want to blow the Crossfit horn too much because there is enough of that on the internet (and the opposite) but I have a story that I’d like to share.
I have been on a less that highly committed routine concerning Crossfit and exercise due to a hectic time at work and a general stressful time. So on Monday I dragged myself to class to at least stick to my moto of “keeping on” and “keep on going back no matter what”. There was a big power failure in the neighbourhood so we had to exercise by car headlights – pretty hardcore feeling. :)
The workout consisted of 10 rounds for time – 200m run, 15 kettlebell swings and 16 hammer swings. I did the workout as best as I could and after I completed it there were still a few people finishing. As is custom at our box – the people who finished cheered on the rest and I joined in. Eventually there was just one lady left and I cheered her “Come on! Last round!” She looked up and said – “You think? I still have another round!”
As I mentioned it was dark! And to do the 200m run you had to run out of the building onto the sidewalk next to a busy street. If anybody had left me to run alone in the dark I’d be a bit upset so it only made sense to run with her. We chatted a bit (obviously both of us very tired). She had just started Crossfit – and I was so impressed because the fact was – she was still moving and did not try to take shortcuts. We finished the run and she completed the last reps of kettlebell swings and hammer swings (which she killed by the way.) We cheered her on the whole way.
Afterwards I talked to her and told her how it’s just important to keep coming back. I confessed that I also cried after workouts sometimes when it sucked not being able to do everything as well as you’d like to. She smiled at me and said, “I cried because of all the support. I’ll definitely be back.”
Thank you Julie for reminding me that Crossfit is not just about becoming fit and being the best version of yourself – but it’s also about helping each other and about being part of a community and family that build and support each other – no matter what.
Posted on Sat, August 9, 2014
by Malcolm Cook