There are several defining characteristics that stand out about CrossFit. Each affiliate is unique and has it’s own personality. However, one common thing that stands out to me most is the Community.
A CrossFit workout is mentally and physically hard. You sweat, suffer, moan, and groan. So what keeps you coming back for more? The Community. Who do you sweat, suffer, moan, and groan with? The Community. You do it together and it is this Community and togetherness that keeps you coming back for more. They are the ones who keep you motivated to be your best and push harder. For me personally, the community of our gym is a huge reason that I continue to come back day after day, even when I’m sore and tired and the WOD looks like a terribly painful one!
Friendships that have started out by bonding over the dread of sets of wallballs (and the inevitable subsequent soreness) have formed into some of the best friendships and relationships that I have ever had both in and out of the gym. My family has even been able to bond and grow closer through the unique community of CrossFit.
What is unique to CrossFit is that you can find this Community no matter where you go! If you ever drop in at another box on vacation, you are immediately welcomed into the Community. If you ever encounter another Crossfitter, you immediately bond over this favt and are no longer strangers. What other fitness program regularly brings people together to raise huge sums of money for charitable purposes and to directly support those in the community? It’s an awesome thing!
You come to get fit, you stay for the Community.