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Cheerleaders Wanted

By admin | In Uncategorized | on December 4, 2012

Intrepid Circa Nov 2009

Most of you haven’t been here long enough to remember how CFI started. We were a small gym with big dreams. Now, a few years later, you guys have made us grow into a fantastic community. However, there are some things we still do to try to make us feel like a small gym. The welcome-newcomers-or-do-burpees rule is a way we keep things friendly around here. We also host potlucks, cheer each other on at outside competitions, and celebrate each others’ exciting milestones.

One thing that has been missing in some classes, however, is the encouragement we used to hear during the workout in class. I used to see athletes finish a workout, fall to the floor, and in between breaths cheer on their friends that are still working.   When both people were done, one would crawl to the other for a quick fist bump before falling back down to do the bacon sizzle (rolling on the ground unable to fine a comfortable position while groaning).  Nowadays I see people finishing workouts, putting their stuff away, writing in their books, and stretching while one or two people are still struggling with the workout.  Everyone has been there at one time or another and it sucks to still be working while people have already put away their gear.

I have to admit, my cheering skills have dwindled quite a bit.  Perhaps it’s because I found myself swinging to the other end of the pendulum when it comes to most of CrossFit counter culture.  I’ve heard some coaches yell rather obnoxiously at their athletes in such a way that it in no way resembles ‘coaching.’    At competitions, I often hear aggro cries of glory such as “Go til you puke!” or “That was so awesome–I ripped my hands in 5 places!” or “I injured my back in the first round, but I finished it anyways and now I can’t lift for weeks!” You get the idea.

However, it is the very camaraderie bred on blood (metaphorically), sweat, and tears that makes CFI so special.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, come to the 7pm class and see how well they encourage each other.  So the next time you finish your workout, stop and encourage anyone still left working out (unless class is running late and you need to clear room for the next class, of course).  They will appreciate it and hopefully return the favor one day.

WOD 12.04.12

Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler

2 Muscle Ups
25 Double Unders
8 Pistols

(sub 6 chin ups for muscle ups)

7 Comments to "Cheerleaders Wanted"

  • Gusto says:

    December 4, 2012 at 7:36 AM -

    Who can name those four characters in the picture?

  • Michael H says:

    December 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM -

    @Gusto: Mike, Scott, Nick R, and Tom?

    We’re looking for runners to join our Ragnar Relay Race on April 19-20 from Huntington Beach to San Diego. We have 6 spots filled and looking for 6 more.

    For more details on the race:


    If you’re interested, you can call or email my team captain:

    Michael “Spike” Darajorn
    626-641-6802 or spikedo@yahoo.com

    1. Marcus says:

      December 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM -

      @Michael – close… that’s not Tom though, it’s Stephen #1. He, Becky and Jake were my first 7pm class, long long ago

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    December 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM -

    Wow – old school. No pull up bars/racks on the back wall.

    Ragnar is on the list of things to do, just not this year… :-)

  • becky says:

    December 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM -

    aw, Marcus, it wasn’t that long ago, was it?

    great post, Ruth!! encouragement goes such a long way. Yay 7pmers! So nice to hear you guys still reppin the comeraderie I l.o.v.e!

  • Holley says:

    December 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM -

    Great post Ruth! The camaraderie of CrossFit is what drew me to the sport and Intrepid specifically. You can go to any globo gym, lift weights, do a CrossFit workout and go home. You go to Intrepid because you get excellence in training, fellow Intrepids to push you to be better and fellow Intrepids to get you through the last few reps. It happens to everyone, you never know what day you’re going to be facing goats and end up being the last one done. So you cheer everyone to the finish because you respect each other for tackling your goats and pushing yourself to the best of your abilities.

  • Michelle says:

    December 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM -

    For those thinking about the Ragnar relay, do it! It is so much fun. I did it a couple of years ago. You sleep about an hour but adrenaline keeps you awake!

    Anyone doing the Yuletide 5k in MB? It’s sat dec 15th at 5:30. You run on the hard packed sand and wear glow necklaces :) I’ve never done it but seems like it could be fun.

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