The number one rule of CrossFit is to never stop talking about CrossFit, right? So in true CrossFit fashion, I’m going to tackle as many topics as I can in 20 minutes…and when the clock runs out, I’m going to lay on the floor out of breath, waiting for someone to fist bump me. And then I’ll do it all over again tomorrow.
“Us vs. Them”
Some people think CrossFit carries an “us vs. outsiders” mentality. I don’t really think that’s the case, however.
My two-year anniversary of doing CrossFit at a real (and outstanding) CrossFit box is next week (I trained for a couple of years at a different gym that was kind of CrossFit-based, but not really).
So by no means am I any kind of an expert, but I have been around long enough to experience the ups and the downs and the highlights and intricacies of CrossFit land.
Yes, most people who do CrossFit possess some level of crazy, but we want others to join, too. It’s not a secret that people who do CrossFit can’t shut up about it because of how great it often makes them feel.
You can just picture a bunch of shirtless people saying, “ERMAHGERD, I LOVE CROSSFIT!” can’t you?
Anyway, most of us want to share PR’s and daily workouts with everyone because things like climbing a 15 ft. rope or flipping a big ass tire or throwing a barbell overhead can feel so good. We so badly want others to see how cool what we are doing is…they should know about it AND try it, too!
Although it is not always peaches and roses and babies and kittens, CrossFit, by in large, fosters so many positive traits in people. And there are a variety of ages and shapes and sizes and fitness levels that participate.
It is the amazing community and the strength building and the progress and the rush of completing an outrageously intense WOD (workout of the day) that keeps people happy and coming back for more.
So people should not think they would not belong or could not do it. The beauty of CrossFit is that every movement can be modified, and everyone could do it in some form or fashion.
People in their 60s, 70s and 80s are even doing CrossFit in some capacity; there are senior classes in various states. I just read an article about a man in his seventies who achieved his first ring muscle-up, a very difficult movement. That is AWESOME.
Individuals don’t have to complete a workout program before starting CrossFit, either. There should be no mentality that people need to get in some kind of shape before beginning; just start where you are, and enjoy seeing the gains and progress on your CrossFit journey.
Not everyone’s body transforms from doing CrossFit alone; nutrition seems to play a much bigger role in that regard. But you will feel better and stronger, alongside amazing people who want to see you succeed.
And again, don’t think you are an outsider or would not fit in; CrossFit boxes want you to see what they do and ultimately, join their family!
Warning: Once you start, you will most likely become addicted and turn into someone who can’t stop talking about CrossFit. Yay!
You are Probably Driving Your Coaches Crazy
Speaking of family, I am now shifting gears to all the existing CrossFit maniacs out there. You know who you are…
Anyway, your coach loves you, and he/she knows you love CrossFit. He/she knows your strengths and weaknesses, physically and probably emotionally, too. And although you can definitely be friends with your coaches, it’s not uncommon that you will somehow irritate them (and vice versa).
It’s inevitable; CrossFit is like family, and family is notorious for getting on each other’s nerves, right?
But stop driving your coach crazy! I have to remind myself of this all the time since I am also a CrossFit maniac.
Big triggers for making your coach cringe are complaints about programming, whining/excuses, talking while they are talking and being too competitive (or too emotional).
Other ways coaches can be driven crazy are late arrivals/sporadic attendance, not cleaning up, skipping mobility after the workout and not listening to instruction/not applying instructional tips.
Quality coaches invest time into the design and intent of their daily/weekly workouts; they conceptualize, envision and execute programming they believe will be most effective for their box. They are trying to work on weaknesses, maintain/improve strengths and keep members happy, all at the same time. It must not be easy!
So, of course they are going to take it personally when a member mocks the workout or snickers in disgust at the white board. Yeah, don’t do that.
Having taught high schoolers for almost a decade, often I feel like I can relate to the plight of coaches, and I am sensitive to some of their struggles. There was always a student or two who questioned the day’s lesson or the purpose of a project; or a student who whined and resisted doing something the way it was designed to be done.
It’s totally ok to have questions, but how those questions are manifested is what matters.
Excuses are what always drove me absolutely bonkers as a teacher, so when I hear excuses being made at the box, I can’t help but cringe and wonder if the coach is actually listening or just tuning out.
And I always felt like I was going to lose my shit when students talked or whispered at the same time I was trying to teach the class. When a coach is trying to explain a movement or make announcements to the class, and I see/hear others talking and that the coach sees/hears these members talking, I feel so bad!
Yet, I get it…we are excited to see our buddies and only have an hour to both work out and socialize. We love our CrossFit family, the family fostered and nurtured by the coaches, and we want to catch up each day. But it really is hard for the coaches to effectively coach when there’s so much yapping going on. P.S. I am SO guilty in this department and am trying to get better. Eek!
What Your CrossFit Coaches Love
So the good news is that even though we all drive our coaches crazy at times, we also make them so freaking happy most of the time.
They truly love when we help each other, when we give our all, when we achieve a PR, when we post on social media about how much we love our box and CrossFit family, when we bring new members to give CrossFit a try, when we welcome new members who are trying their very first WOD, when we are there for each other, when we genuinely care about each other both in and outside the box and when we make progress, even if it is small progress. It’s the truly strong sense of community that coaches love.
What do they also love? Gratitude. A genuine “thank you” goes such a long way.
Because at the end of the day, just like in teaching or some other jobs, our coaches are not fulfilling their role simply for the money. Rather, they are using their gifts and talents to help make those around them better, both in and outside the CrossFit world.
The CrossFit Games Open is coming soon, and it’s like Christmas for most CrossFit athletes! It is a five-week, five-workout competition that takes place universally around the world.
Workouts are released on a Thursday, and all athletes participating have until the following Monday to complete the workout, which is usually pretty insane, with nothing pretty about it. Athletes enter their scores, track their progress, compare their stats, etc. throughout the five weeks.
It is exciting, stressful, exhilarating, taxing and wonderful, all at the same time. Athletes can put it all out there and see how they rank amongst all the CrossFitters in the world.
Also, this will ensure your newsfeed will be blowing up with even more CrossFit memes, pictures and statuses. Woo hoo! CrossFit, CrossFit, CrossFit!