There’s something to be said about the relationships you develop through wins, losses, suffering, success – mainly, they’re pretty solid. This applies to a number of experiences, but today, we’re talking about fitness. No matter kind of physical activity I’ve undertaken, I generally have found good people and, importantly, life-long friends. Plainly put: fitness and the friends I’ve made along the way make me feel good.
The video that follows is just a silly aggregation of random clips give you a peak inside my head when I train, make friends, struggle, sweat…whatever. Let’s just call it my internal theme music at the present time.
I have such a hard time understanding why people can be so obstinant to these types of lifestyle changes as it all seems like nothing but good in my book. While I’m lucky to be surrounded by good people and coaches along the way, I don’t believe my experience is a singular one. I’ve found that group fitness generally attracts supportive people. Presently, I recognize that consistency across Crossfit affiliates as I travel for work. I also notice these themes in OrangeTheory, Soul Cycle, Rev, FlyWheel and LesMills as examples. The only place it never really happened for me was in the silent world of oversized headphones at a big box gym.
So yea, this is a little sappy and melodramatic. You can deal with it. Go make your own little highlight reel, won’t ya?!
Stay healthy my friends –
Aside from the sweet traps, washboard abs, sqaure jaws and thick thighs, the Crossfit community is arguably the best part of the Crossfit culture. I have the authority to say this: I travel, drop in, meet a variety of Crossfitters and the experience is generally the same: a welcoming group, looking to help where they can. If you can imagine that this culture exists when you drop in to a gym with total strangers, imagine the connections you make with those you suffer with, week in and week out.
This is all a prelude to say thank THANK YOU. I can take no credit for the write up that follows and must direct you to Ashley @aarnett3 (instagram). She’s the be(a)st. She and her motley crew took a week and change to attend the Crossfit Games and hit a number of local boxes in the process.
Take a read and a page out of her book if you’ve got your sights set The Games…as an attendee : )
Continue reading SuitcaseFriends! The Crossfit Games & Cali Drop ins
2 good articles worth a quick read:
Stick to your nutrition goals!
You know I’m big on making travel work for your routine. A nice article to follow with suggestions. They mention Crossfit boxes being a good source for health minded people and I’d wager that other forms of group fitness can offer similar insights. Whether it’s Soul Cycle, Fly Wheel or Orange Theory, you can always find suggestions and motivation from these places.
Combine Sprints and Weight Training for Accelerated Gains
Next, see this article about sprinting. Long story short, do it. Longer story, there’s more evidence that increasing your work capacity as suggested / popularized by Crossfit has many advantages beyond joining the sweet, sext spandex-clad cult I’m part of.
An excessively delayed flight and a buddy living in Greenville, SC gave me an extra day to explore and drop in to Swamp Rabbit Crossfit. All in all, this place has it down and makes business travel drop ins reallllly easy.
Continue reading Swamp Rabbit Crossfit – Greenville, SC – @swamprabbitcrossfit
After a brief stint as part of an internal team at my company, I’m back out in the field. And that means more drop ins…and more t-shirts. I could make a quilt at this point…
Back to Charlotte and thankful to stretch my catchment a little further west of the airport to land at Crossfit Belmont. If you’re in and out of Charlotte, want to get a workout in with a nice bunch of folks and not be a sweaty mess on the return flight, CF Belmont is your answer.
Continue reading Crossfit Belmont – Charlotte, NC – @cfbelmont
Some good friends brought me out to California for a few days and lucky for me, United Barbell, the home of Crossfit SoMa, was only a block away. For business or pleasure, the online reservations, waiver and variety of classes made it easy to get a workout in.
When you walk in, you’ve got the primary WOD area up front.
Continue reading United Barbell – Crossfit SoMa – San Francisco, CA – @unitedbarbell
Never has business travel felt like a vacation. Overwhelmingly, the credit goes to the coaches and members at Forever Young Crossfit for making my past 3 days in Orlando so enjoyable.
Continue reading Forever Young Crossfit – Orlando, FL – @foreveryoung_crossfit