What is it that makes a gym feel like home? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, trying to put my finger on what it is about a place that can make it the place that you belong, rather than just a place that you show up to. I’ve been blessed that I’ve found multiple places over the past year that have really felt right to me. Capital City Crossfit, the place where I started this crazy journey and the place that I still think of as my home affiliate. When I traveled to see the family I visited Crossfit DNA and one visit was all it took to see that there is a great group of people there, and that I would be coming back to see them over and over again. When I get back in a month I’ll be officially putting my name down as a full-time member there. As my life transitions back to me being a Chicago area resident I can’t wait to be a part of this group and see them day in and day out again. Coming out here to PA I met the guys from Crossfit Iron City, and more than once I’ve made the trip back to Pittsburgh to work out with them. They are a great group of people there as well, and spending time with them I’ve been lucky that such a great group of people would welcome this Midwestern kid to be a part of their group. Last but definitely not the least in this list is my newest group of people, Sports Evolution Crossfit. This group transformed my experience in the gym here from a single pursuit to get in and get the work done, to a place where I look forward to going in everyday. And a group that I’ll put off dinner for an extra hour so that I can stick around and cheer them on through a WOD, even one as fun as tonight’s, burpees and Kettlebell swings. I’m sure they loved that one.
So what is it that has made me love each of these places, defiantly I’ve been blessed in this group that they are all led by great trainers, Brian, Zack, Jake, Blake, Jerod, and Allen you are all amazingly talented people, you know your stuff and you know how to communicate it well. Your determination to get the best out of everyone that walks through the door, and accept no excuses for slacking off has driven me forward. Having all of you in my corner has been a huge help to me and I owe a lot of my success over almost the last year and a half to your hard work. The atmosphere that coaches like these have created also goes a long way to making the place feel like home. I’ve been to each of these affiliates multiple times, and every time I show up I feel welcome, sometimes I recognize people from previous visits sometimes most of the people are new to me. But always I hop right in and get to work, and spending time with the people there. Everybody at these workouts have welcomed me into the group, even if it was my first time and we got down to work together as a group, not the group and that guy from out-of-town. The last part of transforming an owner, group of people and a facility into a place that feels like home has to come from you. I believe that it has a large part to do with you and how much of yourself you’re willing to put out there for others to see when you show up. Embracing the people and tearing down any walls that you may have develops that sense of family and home, Crossfit is great for that. The workouts we do are really good at breaking you down to your core and it’s in that moment where you’re struggling and exposed that those people around you see the person that you are, and you see who they are, and together you push forward to finish closer to one another than you could have ever become any other way.