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.