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This past week I was just talking about Community…our community, the CrossFit community. I realized in speaking about it, with a fellow CrossFitter, that I had a huge smile on my face and so did she. I was visiting Knockout CrossFit in Lawrenceville, GA a suburb of Atlanta, and it struck me, that really no matter where you go if there is a CrossFit, you have a built in Community. It is a community of like-minded individuals who accept outsiders whole heartedly and are genuinely happy to sweat with you and suffer through a WOD next to you and if you’re fortunate they’ll invite you out for dinner after.
This past week wasn’t the first time I experienced that. It happens in every box I’ve been too. CrossFitters are generally good natured people who want to see you succeed and are happy to help you. I don’t know anywhere else where you can find this. You’re certainly not going to find it in your globo gym. The majority of athletes who joined CrossFit were looking for something more. I know that was true for me and I not only found that but some of my best friendships have been forged in this CrossFit community.
Not only is there friendly competition here but there is a sense of family. This great big CrossFit family that just keeps growing! Next week we graduate a new class of On-Rampers into the “Big Room”. If you get the chance welcome them and show them what CrossFit is really about. Welcome them into our Family…our CrossFit Community.
As Crossfitters, we are willing to train like animals, eat like cavemen, and make tons of sacrifices to achieve our goals. When it comes down to taking care of our bodies, we typically wait until a significant injury occurs before we even consider seeing a chiropractor. I was guilty of this as well. About 2 years ago I began seeing Dr. B. When I first started I would go maybe once a week or every other week for an adjustment. This lasted for a few months, and then I just stopped going because my body was feeling better. This was a huge mistake on my behalf. The work that she was doing was allowing me to train at the level that I demanded from my body.
I love Albany CrossFit and I am proud to be a part of this amazing community. I am honored to share in the accomplishments of our members. We as a community have to deal with an issue many of us would like to not talk about. Some have ignored this problem for far too long.
I am talking about cleaning up after us. It is a simple skill that we should all practice. Here are 5 easy steps to help keep the gym neat, organized and clean.
1) Wipe your equipment down when you are done with it
2) Put your equipment away when you are done with it.
3) Help your neighbors put away their equipment when you are done with yours.
4) Keep chalk on your hands or in the bucket. It should not be on the ground.
5) Check to make sure you properly stored your equipment before you leave. This includes lax balls, bands, and foam rollers.
You may have seen her working hard in the triple-wide – she hits WODs on the regular, typically in the morning. Having graduated from On Ramp in January, Brandy is a newer member with a beaming smile and friendly approach, but don’t let that fool you… since day one we could tell Brandy is a true athlete. We asked her if she wouldn’t mind answering some questions:
How did you hear about CrossFit? I had heard about CrossFit from my friends in different states but never thought about joining until talking with my neighbors Tammie and Bob Jones.
What was your first WOD? My 1st WOD was 14.1!
What is your dream vacation? I would love to go to Atlantis in the Bahamas! Paris is also on the list!!
What is your favorite movement so far? I don’t have a favorite move just yet, but I like to see box jumps in the WOD! Haven’t tore up my shines yet…
What is your least favorite movement? I am not digging the over-head squats (OHS)!!
Starbucks coffee or Dunkin Doughnuts? Or neither? I love coffee, but if I had to choose I would pick Starbucks for the Chai!
You have two children, how do they feel about Mom doing CrossFit? My kids are my biggest fans! We have always been an active family and I know they are proud of me!
How about your friends? Husband? It’s awesome to connect with my friends around the United States that are also on the same CrossFit journey. It’s great to see their accomplishments and share mine! My husband has been a great supporter too.
What would you say is your biggest takeaway from CF so far? I think the biggest take away from CF is seeing what my body is capable of doing. I feel stronger and healthier now. ACF has some pretty awesome people that have pushed and cheered me on!! Can’t leave out the amazing coaching. Thank you to all the coaches. A special shout out to Andrew….Thank you! You have been a big part in my journey at ACF and I appreciate all your coaching.
Did you even have time to watch the Games? I have watched a few events here and there. One word “Awesome”!!
We have a lot of grocery store options, do you have a favorite? I like BJ’s and Price Chopper. I’m excited to see Whole Foods coming to Albany!
Some things we may not know about you: I am originally from New Mexico. We moved here to Albany 2 years ago from China (we were in China for 2.5 with my husband’s work). We have really enjoyed living in NY and seeing so much on the East coast. We’ll be sad when we head on to our next adventure next June. So happy to have joined ACF…just wish it was 2 years ago!!
Editor’s Note: Brandy, we love having you as part of the ACF community, for as long as you choose to stay. Personally, I am so impressed with all of your hard work and it’s such a pleasure getting to know you. Keep up the great work!
Warning: This post will not help your form. This post will not help you mobilize. This post will not help you eat right. This post WILL solidify that you are in the right place for at least an hour a day.
Work suck? Want to slap a co-worker? Argument with your significant other? Is everyone bothering you today? We all have those days. We all have days that just ‘need to end’. Somehow we find at least an hour of our time to walk through the doors of ACF. That hour of the day is a magnificent. Can you think of a time you left ACF pissed off? Nope, me either.
That’s not because of a random act of the lord, Jesus, god, baby Buddha, or the saints; it’s because of everyone you are surrounded by. It’s because you entered a community that only wants to see you succeed. You have entered a space of positivity. A space filled with smiles, cheers, and most of all support. CrossFit is the only sport I know of that an athlete you are competing against will cheer you on when they are done, or even celebrate with you beating them in a lift or WOD.
Albany CrossFit has fostered a community of support. Friday Night Fights for a cause or charity, memorial WOD’s to honor family and friends, birthday celebrations, wedding celebrations, and chalk it up as complete; baby showers! We have been there for each other in sadness; relationships gone sour, deaths in families, and personal struggles. We have and continue to come together to create the best damn community and family around.
#personaltime – Anthony and I cannot thank the ACF family enough for all your support, guidance, and well wishes throughout these past million (I really mean 36 so far) weeks. From coaches helping me to scale WOD’s, or athletes asking how we are doing, and moms and dads giving much appreciated advise; we thank you. As first timers at this thing called parenting, we cannot express our gratitude to this community. We have no immediate family around town, but feel loved and at ease with the family we have supporting us through ACF. Baby DiSpirito is one lucky kid.