The lady who uses too many coupons at the grocery store. The guy at Costco who leaves his cart right in the middle of the aisle to grab a sample. The too-slow driver in the fast lane, the too-fast driver in the slow lane. The guy who cusses too much. The lady who complains about the guy who cusses too much. The dude who drives the electric car and the girl who drives the F-350. Trump supporters and Bernie supporters.
Step into a box and you’ll find any or all of the above, plus about a thousand different quirks and idiosyncrasies. People are weird, man. And you and I are both people.
So how do all these people coexist inside a confined space for an hour a day, when they clearly can’t see eye to eye on Facebook?
One common goal unites us all: to get better. We step into the box knowing that what is coming is going to be difficult, but at the end of the hour we will be stronger, faster, fitter, and healthier than when we pulled into the parking lot.
And there’s something special that happens when you share misery with someone. All the sudden the “outside the gym” you seems to fall away, and you have a common bond with the person you might not otherwise hang out with. You have to keep picking up that barbell. So do they. You have to keep rowing, so do they. You know what they’re going through, and they know what you’re going through. You’re doing it together, and somehow, that bonds you.
So, here’s the question; when you think about your gym and your community, how do you contribute to it? Do you cheer others on when you’ve finished your workout? Do you help newbies feel welcome and a part of the community? Do you invite someone to share your platform for weighlifting? Do you grab extra ab mats to distribute when it’s sit-up time?
A great gym community doesn’t happen on accident.
I, for one, LOVE the community we have at CFM. I hope you do, too, and I hope we continue to INTENTIONALLY make this place somewhere to have the best hour of your day.
*Comments, suggestions, and stories of community are welcomed in the comment section!!*