The other day, a thought popped into my head for no reason (that happens occasionally — doesn’t it happen to you?): “I feel like hanging out with my CrossFit family.” I don’t know why I started thinking about it, but I was thinking about the great times I’ve had hanging out with my CrossFit friends outside of the gym — bowling night, playing poker to raise money for charity, going out to dinner, and so on. I’ve been a member of my CrossFit gym for over three years (and counting) now, and I’ve made a lot of great friends in the process. Who would’ve thought that I, a longtime self-admitted couch potato, would happily be spending his free time hanging with a bunch of athletes at a gym?
Ever since I started doing CrossFit, I’ve heard a lot of people refer to “their CrossFit family.” This term, much less, concept, is nothing new. Among all my activities, I’ve heard references to “my music family,” “band family,” “SQL family,” and so on. As it’s been often said, “family” is more than flesh and blood; it’s about people to whom you’ve gotten close and learned to trust. We as social animals thrive on these relationships.
The fact that I’ve managed to stick to a fitness program for more than three years is a huge deal, and I believe that the support system — all these friends I’ve made — is a big part of that. A support system of friends can make almost anything pleasurable. I’ve met a lot of great people in CrossFit, and one of the big things is that these people make me want to go to the gym. When you have great friends and a solid support system around you, anything is possible.