The absolute best thing about CrossFit is the community. CrossFit started out as a mostly online community, many disconnected individuals forging friendships and fitness via the CrossFit.com forums. Now, with over 3000 CrossFit affiliates worldwide we form a much larger community, to the point of having our own subculture.
Each affiliate has its own internal community. At CrossFit Invoke, we love our community of athletes, which includes people of all different fitness levels, races, ages, creeds etc. Visitors often notice it, and our own members often talk about the lack of it when they visit other CrossFit gyms.
As we move into the new year, try and remember how awesome it was when you first joined and made many new friends. Remember your first benchmark or WOD where you were cheered on while you struggled through it, and try and share that experience with others. Go cheer on someone you haven’t been in class with in awhile or someone you don’t know. Introduce yourself to new people, pay a compliment to someone who’s form has improved, flex your biceps in the locker room mirror together to get psyched for your WOD. Todays benchmark WOD is a great time to practice this. Count reps, cheer someone on, yell at them (just a little) when they take a break, run their last 400m with them, at the very least cross your arms and glare at them until they go faster.
Remember the best part of CrossFit and what makes YOUR gym an awesome place to be and be sure to not only be a part of it, but to help your community of friends and peers thrive and continue to be the best of what a CrossFit affiliate can be.
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