Brian was recently self-promoted to the level of moderator on our site (as you many have seen in recent comments). As you may have noticed before, he has shown his chops in past articles and smart ass (yet wonderfully articulated) comments, so I dared him to write a guest post…or two. Quite the comedic wordsmith, Brian may have secured himself a recurring (ahem, permanent) role as a columnist!
by Brian, aka Sweet Cheeks, Pork Chop, FG
Everyone loves to feel appreciated, however most of the time those closest to you seem to be taken most for granted. I think the best way I can explain what I mean is use an example from my own life. My mom loves to tell a story about how my father would only give her flowers when she gave birth (obviously adorning her with roomfuls when she gave birth to a fine specimen such as myself… but I digress). It wasn’t that my dad didn’t love her unconditionally or appreciate what she did; it was that life got in the way. A young family, trying to make a living… all the issues life throws at you. Plus he’s a man… and we just don’t think that way (ladies give your men a free pass or two from time to time).
The story always resonated with me and ive attempted to show my appreciation when it is warranted. Note I said try, as I have a few things working against me. I’m a guy.. .last time I checked, so I’m not wired that way and I live a hectic life. So sometimes I need to hit the pause button and rectify this.
One of these instances came rather recently, and started harmlessly as a joke. Ruth and Sean were joking with me about writing a post, and that’s what got the ball rolling. I got to thinking, sure.. why not. I feel I’m a halfway decent writer and probably could tell a good story or lie my a$$ off if I can’t come up with something. Well, the task ended up being tougher than I thought, what do I write about?, how can I make it entertaining?, I don’t know much technical stuff, where do I do the research… and most of all I DON’T have time for this! While I struggled with topics and prose, I had an epiphany. Our trainers do this week over week, and while it may not always be Hemmingway it’s always informative and there is no day that I miss checking the site. How do they do this?! And there it was, I hit the pause button and realized how much I’ve taken them for granted.
Writing posts is just the tip of the iceberg though. Most really have no idea how much time and effort goes into making this gym work. The phenomenal part of this is that most of our trainers have full time jobs OUTSIDE of training multiple classes a week (Ruth even working most of the time CFI has been in existence). Even Avelyne, who is rarely in the state let alone gym adjacent, comes in when she can to coach. It proves their love and dedication our trainers have to the gym and most of all its athletes. They give up weekends for Saturday class and competitions, where they are rarely (if not never) absent and obviously needed the most. They are the first ones to show up and the last to leave. They have to deal with all of our personalities, good and bad days, our crankyness, our complaining, our questions, our injuries, our third grade mentality and immature jokes. They beam with pride with our gains and stand beside you on your failures only to offer solutions to get you to succeed. They are the voice of reason, a screaming motivation mid workout and the accountability we all need. No matter if you are learning the basics or a crafty veteran, they always have something to teach… it’s simply amazing. I could go on forever; their dedication continues to astound me everyday.
I went home the other day and saw a nice bouquet of flowers in a vase on the table….Dad’s learning. Well, here’s my bouquet to our trainers, you have no idea how much of an impact you have had on my life and for that I can never thank you enough. There aren’t enough words to express how much I appreciate all you do for us. I’m very proud to continue to learn from you guys… yes even you Marcus….don’t make me push the sled.
Post your appreciation and let the love-fest begin.
A huge congrats to Elisabeth who just got her Level I Cert at CrossFit Charlottesville this past weekend. She started with us in December of 2009 and made great gains in the three short months she was with us. I was stoked to see her post PRs from time to time on Facebook but was so proud when I got a message from her about getting certified and now coaching at CrossFit Tyson’s Corner! Keep up the great work, Elisabeth!
Press 5×3 or Wendler
4 Rounds for time:
10 Push Jerk
20 Kettlebell Swings
*modified from CF Inland Valley*