Each day, since my freshman year of high school, as soon as school concluded, I headed to the gym (There hasn’t been a September when I didn’t attend a “school”). There, I would pop on my headphones and plug away at my workout routine in solitude. In fact, sometimes, I wouldn’t even have music on, but I would put on my headphones to avoid speaking to others. At the time, this was fine, working out was essential to my daily routine, and I knew no better than doing it alone.
When I reflect on my youth, I always regret that I didn’t play a sport. Most would assume that this is because I miss the athletic skills with which this sport could have provided me; however, the major reason why I harbor this regret is because I believe that playing a sport at young age would have taught me life-enriching lessons involving sportsmanship, camaraderie, and how to work well with a team.
When I began CrossFit in 2008, I couldn’t get enough of it. Compared to my workouts at my former gym, they seemed so much more rewarding. Working out became less of a task, and more of a game. Reflecting back, and trying to ascertain the greatest reason why this was the case, I can attribute this to all of the training partners that I inherited by joining a CrossFit gym.
Last week, I was away and had the opportunity to visit several CrossFit gyms. While this was a great experience–seeing how other gyms run their classes, how members mesh, and responding to another coach’s programming–something was a amiss. When I went back to my hotel room, I realized what was missing: my training partners. Leading up to the Regional, I train weekly with the same crew. It took their absence to appreciate their essential role in my training regime.
We all have our “partners” in CrossFit. These individuals motivate us, commiserate with us, encourage us, commend us, and constructively criticize us. Sometimes, just the jokes that are thrown around the weight room, are all that is necessary to making your workout bearable. They are not absolutely necessary to getting into the gym and completing a challenging workout, but they sure make the ride a more enriching experience; more of a “game” and less of a task. Take the time out to thank your training partners for all that they do for you.
To my “crew”, thanks. You know who you are