First Day of Crossfit
Today on our blog post we are going to take a trip down memory lane to the first day you walked into a Crossfit gym. For many of you, that first day was at Crossfit Terminus, for others it was one of the thousands of boxes around the world.
Do you remember the sights? The smells? The feeling in the air? The sounds? If you were like anyone else this environment was probably downright frightening. If you were lucky you came in during an off period of classes, but for some the loud thunder of dropped weights greeted you at the door, the loud music attacking your ears. You looked around and watched several individuals moving in quick and powerful ways. The smell of chalk, raw steel, and sweat permeated the air. It was probably a lot to take in.
Due to the overload of your senses, you probably withdrew a bit, testing the waters and becoming very conscious of the fact that you didn’t know anyone in a place where others acted like family. Even the most outgoing individual would quiver a bit in this environment.
Do you remember the first person who talked to you? Who made you feel welcome? For me, it was Jimmy Rogers, who took On-Ramp at the same time I did back in March of 2012. We bonded over the PhD level of terminology, the fact that we were both deadlifting and back squatting for the first time, and a mutual love of Baylor University. We were separated by age, stage of life, and almost every possible background, yet we bonded in that moment.
After I met Jimmy, things started to look different in my eyes. The sounds of the barbells dropping became a sound that got me excited for the workout to come, the smell of chalk a welcome home after a stressful day, the smiles of classmates a cool breeze to brush off the trials of a long week. The place that had previously inspired fear now caused joy, hope, inspiration.
When you see someone new at the gym, be that first person to go talk to them, say hi, introduce them to your friends. Because they are most likely feeling the exact same things you are when you first walked in. And who knows, you might make a friend for life.