Avis of the Dinequity crew was inspired by the recurring Friday blog that highlights the perspective of the ladies who take class at 818. Here is her take on lending a helping hand to the newer members at the gym:
I was watching people pass by the box the other day and it got me thinking: what an intimidating gym we must be, loud music, heavy weights on the barbells, the crash of those bars falling on the ground, and we can't forget the verbal noises we make during the WOD. As I shook my head laughing at this, I looked around and noticed that there was a new face with a look of terror waiting for the next class to begin. Again, I laughed and thought, this must be a crazy scene for "newbies" at the gym. I remember the first time I walked into CrossFit 818 ready to try my first class and I still am so thankful to have had a "buddy" to help me out once I was there. Then I realized, some ladies who want to try CrossFit for the first time don't always have the luxury of having a female friend to show them the ropes. A thought popped in my head, we are the ladies of CrossFit818 and we owe it to our sisters to watch out for the new faces, to say hello and engage in conversation with them. Sometimes, a simple conversation works wonders for those who are anxious about being a new member at the gym. I don't know about you, but, if I hear from another lady that they are feeling the same way I am (body aches in certain areas, the fear of heavy weightlifting, difficulty catching your breath, protecting "the girls," or just your whole body hurting) it really eases the nerves. Of course our coaches are always advising the class as to what they might or will feel but sometimes the same message coming from a fellow female makes a huge impact.
I realize as I write this, I am at fault too for not stepping up to welcome new faces so this is something we women of CrossFit 818 should all try to incorporate into our daily training, and it’s not a bad idea for the guys to jump on board when they see “the look of fear” as well since at the end of the day we are all a team and here to help each other succeed!
Terri and Avis rocking their costumes before last year's Halloween WOD!
A. 1RM hang snatch
B. Every 6 minutes for 3 rounds:
25 front squats (95/65)
25 kb swings (53/35, russian)
*your rest is the time remaining before the next interval starts
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