We (CFOx) have a responsibility to all our members that we continually fulfill and are endlessly pursuing, but YOU yes YOU the members of CFOx also have a responsibility to fulfill and it isn’t an easy one, but essentially important nonetheless.
I am going to start out with a story to hopefully get the noggin’ rolling.
Picture a beautiful summer day at the beach, with you and all your friends. There is volleyball, there is good food, drinks, and all sorts of good fun going on. It’s a warm day so all this play is making everyone sweaty and the water is looking extra tempting. You see “John” walking towards the water, which at first is a tad bit concerning because YOU know that John hasn’t been to the ocean before and his swimming skills are iffy at best. But you figure he knows what he is doing and isn’t actually going to get into the water. You go back to enjoying the beach maybe spiking a few more balls, or throwing the frisbee around. Next thing you know you see a lifeguard truck zoom by you, stop at the water’s edge and you watch as the lifeguard prepares to hit the water. You frantically look around for John but you don’t see him up by the group, your eyes hit the water again and you see arms flailing as John is close to 100 feet offshore and waves are crashing over his head. The lifeguard is now on his way out to John, dolphin diving and keeping his eyes on his victim. He gets to John just as a set wave is about to break and he grabs and pulls him underwater, and under the wave just before it crashes on them. He then carefully and swiftly swims John back to shore where you and your friends are now standing. Whew… close call.
Following an experience like that, “John” has 2 options, 1. Never get back in the water, and live in fear of what might happen if he gets put in that situation again. Or 2. Get a swim coach and learn to swim.
Founder Greg Glassman has many times compared CrossFit affiliates to swim coaches in this scenario and doctors as lifeguards. Boy are you glad you had one when you needed one, but wouldn’t you rather not be put in that position?
Ok ok, so what does this have to CFOx and what does it have to do with YOU? When you first came into CFOx it was likely because in some capacity, you wanted to lead a healthier life. Maybe you felt like what you were doing wasn’t cutting it, maybe you felt like you just needed a little extra guidance, or maybe you weren’t quite sure what you were getting yourself into, but it sounded hard and that was exciting for you.
This was new, it was hard, you were learning A TON about what your body was capable of and what it was like to surround yourself with people who believed in who you were becoming. After a few years you were starting to feel very confident moving, you were feeling stronger and more capable than you ever have in your past. You ARE a stronger, healthier, happier, and better version of the old you.
YOU are who I am talking to. YOU now have a responsibility that is greater than yourself. A responsibility to educate yourself, a responsibility to inspire others, a responsibility to SHARE this community with people who are in need. We ALL came in as “Johns” and have learned to grow and share our experiences with the community around us. YOU are part of something that is bigger than yourself. A global community of more than 15,000 CrossFit boxes around the world who share in this common goal to create healthier, more resilient human beings.
So what. What am I asking you to do?? It’s simple, but simple isn’t always easy.
- Educate yourself
- Listen to the coaches at CFOx, and look to other professionals in their field. Seek to better understand why you do what you do. The more you understand why you do things, the easier it is to share them with others. (If you have ever thought about taking the Level 1 CrossFit certification, I HIGHLY recommend it even if you have ZERO interest in coaching.
- Inspire Others
- Actively take responsibility in your life, do hard things, be better than you were yesterday. The world is always watching you, YOU are a part of what is making it a better place.
- Be Human
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and own them. If you were perfect, you wouldn’t be relatable. Nobody wants to be friends with a perfect person, they want to be around people they know make mistakes, that are real, and that share those things with those close to them.
So Yes, CFOx has a responsibility to make our space the best hour of your day, to create a professional and fun environment for you to BE better. But you also have a responsibility to to take what you’ve learned and share it with someone you know who needs a swim coach…
- Coach Kolby