One definition of community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (as per Google). And what you get when you attend a CrossFit class is exactly that. When you workout together, you form a community. Cheering each other on, encouraging each other through each workout is the spirit of CrossFit. No longer exists the days when you dread going to workout because that just means spending an hour trying to figure out what to do next while watching the people around you.
So why do we WOD together?
Because it’s way more fun than by yourself
This is self-explanatory. Working out by yourself is no fun, working out with someone, especially a friend leads to a fun workout.
Someone to keep you accountable
Whether it’s your coach or the guy standing next to you, you are now being held accountable for every set, every rep, every pound, and your form. This accountably will do wonders for your workouts. Plus, if you don’t show up on any given day, there will likely be a message from someone wondering where the heck where you?
Someone to push you a little bit harder
Again, when you workout alone, maybe you take that extra break you don’t really need, but now, in class, you know if you take that extra break, your coach or maybe the guy next to you is going to clap their hands and say, “You got, this keep moving.” What do you do? You repeat that in your head and your break ends.
Nothing brings people together like suffering together. You will see each other at your best (PR’s all day) and at your worst (your least favorite movements all in one WOD). You will sweat, grunt, and possibly bleed in front of these people. And they will do the same in front of you. Their successes will become your success and you will lean on each other for support through the rough ones. This forms a bond that you may have not known to be possible in this environment and these people will become your friends.
This is what makes CrossFit special. Community. So next week, try to bring someone new to class. Introduce them to your community, then maybe they will get why you love CrossFit so much.