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Our Home Away from Home

I have had the privilege of visiting other CrossFit gyms the past two Tuesdays because of obligations that have kept me from Shoreline CrossFit.  In doing so, I have a few minute observations that I have seen in most great CrossFit boxes.  I say minute observations, because these factors are not the obvious components of a good CrossFit gym.  They have little to do with the programming, coaches’ knowledge and ability.  These facets are, of course, critical in determining the value of a box.  However, today, I am talking about the little things…the little things that make a box our home away from home

I have learned that a CrossFit box is the only place I trust to plug my iPhone in the bathroom and leave it unattended.

I have learned that burpees are the universal birthday celebration in CrossFit.

I have learned that burpees are the universal punishment in CrossFit.

I have learned that CrossFit athletes never leave until everyone finishes the WOD.  In fact, Crossfit is the only place that the loudest cheers are for those finishing last.

I have learned that while foam-rolling, mashing fascial tissue on a lacrosse ball, or practicing any other form of  mobility,  it is time to, “shoot the bull“; to catch up with one another, to playfully mock another’s age, or lack of mobility, much like siblings at a dinner table.

I have learned that the gym owner is the mother of the gym.  Athletes look to her for comfort and approval.

I have learned no matter how long you’ve CrossFitted,  you still get butterflies pulling into the driveway of the gym.  CrossFitters fear their workout.

I have learned that a good coach can get everyone, from the weakest athlete to the elite, to feel like a million bucks by the time they leave.

I have learned that it doesn’t matter the size of the gym or the equipment it has, the community is what makes it quality.

I have learned that you’re everyone’s friend the second that you walk through the garage doors, simply because you’re a CrossFitter.  You work for your fitness just as they work for their fitness.

I have learned that friends share tape.

Oh, and of course… 

Along with an old apple, some water bottles, and an avocado, there are always a few beers in the refrigerator.

Our first pull-up clinic went very well!  We had 'lots of athletes get their kip and butterfly!

Our first pull-up clinic went very well! We had ‘lots of athletes get their kip and butterfly!

and how could it not with our little gymnastics guru, Meg (aka Quadzilla!)

and how could it not with our little gymnastics guru, Meg (aka Quadzilla!)

Mother/son team, Jackie and Samir getting after Saturday's row for calories.

Mother/son team, Jackie and Samir getting after Saturday’s row for calories.

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Husband and wife duo, Marty and Ella, doing the same.

Henry and Brenda, perfecting their box push-ups.

Henry and Brenda, perfecting their box push-ups.

Working on our box jumps and double-unders

Working on our HSPUs and double-unders

A focused Bill Roy

A focused Bill Roy

A special thanks to CrossFit Norwalk, who helped to inspire this blog post!

A special thanks to CrossFit Norwalk, who helped to inspire this blog post!

One Response for Our Home Away from Home

  1. October 02, 2013 10:17 pm

    Great post Lauren!

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