Good Evening CFTP,
Throughout this week and today I have been thinking about what to say today. And I decided to talk about a few things that, in my opinion, makes CrossFit The Point different and what I would like to see more of.
#1 Collective Dedication
Every single one of us are dedicated to improving. Every day that you come into The Point you commit yourself to the task at hand and since we all have this personal dedication, it bleeds into a joint dedication. We each are rooting for each other to succeed.
#2 Caring Training Team
We have been open for 5 and a half years. In the CrossFit world, this is a long time. Over those years I have had trainers come and go and I can tell you that our training team truly cares about each and every one of you. They are not just there for a paycheck. They come in excited to see you take on the day’s WOD. They message me all the time telling me of the different feats that each of you achieved that day. And it’s not just the big feats… It’s the little things they observe and see you overcome.
#3 Collective Suffering
When I was in the Army, I was super close to each of my battle buddies. Why is that? Because being in the military sucks, most of the time. So when you go through what we went through, you gain respect for your buddies. You also gain understanding.
I see this exact parallel in CrossFit and is part of the reason I love it. This is why I love when the class is united in completing the WOD together. When the full team (class) sees a challenge and collectively faces the challenge, that is when the magic happens. I love when one of our teammates finishes and then immediately makes his/her way over to their teammate to cheer them on to finish.
Sometimes the WOD sucks (let’s face it… Most of the time) but when you know that your 5, 10, 15, 20 buddies are going to be there suffering along side you, it doesn’t suck quite so much. And when you suffer with your friends and your friends are there to support you, you grow and are able to conquer things you never thought possible.
As a coach, I correct everyone everyday. I don’t care if you have been doing CrossFit one day or 10 years. If I can see something that would improve you as an athlete I am going to tell you. For the most part, this is taken very well and I want to thank you for that.
When I enter a class as an athlete, the coach in that room is my coach as well. If he/she can give me a pointer to improve the way I move, I welcome it. They are running the class and it is up to me to learn from them. It is up to me, as an athlete, to respect my coach enough to listen and learn from their experience and from their point of view.
This means when I go to class and the coach begins the explanation, it is my duty as an athlete to listen to them. It isn’t a contest to see who can talk over who. That class belongs to that coach and I am there to join that class.
I think this is one thing we could all improve upon, myself included.
#5 We are on the same team.
This list could go on and on and on but I am going to stop it right here. One thing I love about all of you members at The Point is that no matter what each of your backgrounds are, no matter where you work, no matter what you believe, no matter how much money you make, you respect each other. When you come into The Point you put all that outside stuff aside and you are a part of a team.
This was on full display this past weekend when I asked for volunteers. We had more volunteers than we had athletes competing! It was incredible. You all took time out of your busy Saturday schedules and sacrificed precious weekend time to help out the team.
I don’t take that for granted. There is no way we could host these events without your help. Dave and I talk about it all the time. We are astounded each and every time we ask for help. You all always come through for us and I want to thank you for that.
Today’s Spotlight: Challey Smith!
Coach Dan: There is one thing I distinctly remember about Challey. As Challey was finishing up her 3 month deal I was asking her if she was planning on sticking around. I remember her response, “You’re not getting rid of me that easily. You’re going to have to kick me out of here.” This sums up Challey’s dedication. I always know she is going to come in and give me 100 percent. That effort she has put in shows. She has improved so much! I can tell that she has learned a lot about what she is truly capable of doing. I have seen huge mental gains from Challey and such huge strides physically. She not only looks stronger, she acts it.