“CrossFit is prioritizing health“.
“CrossFit is making me happy“.
“CrossFit is a team atmosphere–it makes you better as an individual“.
“You walk in and everyone knows your name“.
“It’s my outlet“.
“You work hard whether it is to compete or just to get a damn pull-up“.
“Even though I was sore, I was, you know, getting a little discouraged, you know … I felt accountable because my community, or I felt accountable to my class because they were looking for me there“.
“We all share this experience, which is emotional. It doesn’t look emotional, it looks like people working out … but it’s emotional. I mean it’s raw, it’s intense, it’s incredible, it’s freakin’ awesome. I’m gonna keep doing it for a long time, I hope“.
When I think about who works out at Shoreline CrossFit, there’s a lot of types that come to my mind. We have doctors. We have teachers and principals. We have bankers. We have surgeons. We have accountants. We have nurses. We have firefighters. We have cops. We have vacuum salesmen. We have waitresses. We have IT guys and gals. We have attorneys and paralegals. We have electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. We have masons, personal trainers, and photographers. We have restaurant owners and consultants. We have moms and dads. We have college kids and single parents. We have grandmothers and teenagers. We have those who make millions and those who scrap the bottom to make ends meet. We have Jews. We have Christians. We have Muslims. We have Italians, Greeks, Irish, Koreans, Japanese, African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians (heyyy 6:30 pm!) and Indians. We have those that have had it easy, and those who do not. We have those that were elite D1 athletes, and those that performed there first push-up at the age of 52. You get the point…
But at the end of the day, after the “3,2,1 GO!”, there’s something that is so similar about all of you. Something that I was reminded of when I watched the above clip: when we go, when we really start doin’ work, what comes out, what shines is RAW HUMAN EMOTION.
You can’t pretend to be something you’re not in the midst of 21-15-9 reps of, let’s say, light thrusters and pull-ups.
You see, it wouldn’t work. If you cared about what you looked like, or how much money you made, and how that money made you better than the person next to you that may be 5 reps ahead, you wouldn’t last in CrossFit.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re lifting 15 pounds or 225. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing muscle-ups or ring-rows, what shines through is the best that you got; what we see is raw human emotion; honest hard work.
It’s one of the beautiful things that unites us.