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.
Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler
2 Muscle Ups
25 Double Unders
(sub 6 chin ups for muscle ups)