Today was a day well spent. We got to connect with friends, fellow CrossFitters and also affiliate owners from around the region all while getting the opportunity to listen to Coach Glassman (CF Founder) at the CF 101 session at CrossFit Bellevue. I have been lucky enough to hear him speak twice and both times came away more than impressed at his ability to engage an audience, communicate his beliefs and principles with conviction and passion, and inject it with humor. We learned a lot today in terms of his views on defining CrossFit and its history, where it’s headed, the role and mission of HQ, and several different topics that have come up in discussion boards or the Journal.
We also were solidly reminded of one of the most important reasons for why we love CrossFit so much, which is the community. This community is unique. Outside of the military I haven’t come across such a large group that despite its differences in people from all walks of life will instantly bond, come together and accept one another. We come from different locations, jobs, beliefs, backgrounds, ability, and even philosophy on CrossFit but in the end all recognize one another as peers and family who strive for helping others achieve the highest level of fitness possible. We have somewhat differing methods, styles or emphasis on types of training but we are all a part of a massive support arm that is willing to help one another or share best practices. We talked briefly with Coach during a break and thanked him for coming out here and one thing he said that stuck with us is “CrossFit is a family and sometimes you need a family reunion”. We will be sure to take advantage of it and pledge to grow ourselves to continually try to be the best coaches and trainers we can be while fostering this sense of community in our own box.