180517 - Soapbox Thursday - Community


com·mu·ni·ty /kəˈmyo͞onədē/ noun

  1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

    synonyms: group, body, set, circle, clique, faction; 

  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Don't forget where you come from. You were once the new person. You were the guy/girl that hung out in the corner before and after class, sipping on your water bottle, trying to break into the clique and make an impression. Then either you said something funny, or one of the coaches pointed out that you had something(s) in common with someone else, and over time, you became a full-fledged member of the gang. 
Our community is built upon the acceptance of people from all walks of life, from all socioeconomic groups, levels of education, levels of athleticism and fitness, all ages and the continuum of weirdness. 
We can get wrapped up in comfort with our small circles of acquaintances and friends or putting your nose in your phone as soon as the workout is over and forget what this is all about. Reach out, say hi, draw people into your conversations.
Be the person that draws people in instead of pushing people away.
Reach out to the new folks and some of the old that you haven't met. 

We'll continue to be the better for it. 

On a related note, reach out to your friends at other gyms. You don't have to convert them, just let them know how much you appreciate how tight and supportive we are. They can decide if that's what they want. Some folks don't know what making lifelong friends due to their gym feels like. 

STRENGTH - Back Squat
10 @ Lightweight
5 @ 75% 
3 @ 85%
1+ @ 95%
(Percentages based on 90% of 1RM) 

(w/ a partner switch off movements) 
12 Ab Mat Sit-Ups
10 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls 125/95
8 Hand Release Push-Ups
(400m Run buy-out)