May 2nd, 2011. I remember very clearly, as I'm sure you do, your first CrossFit class. Well, you might have forgotten the workout itself but you recall exactly how you felt afterward. Maybe you were one of the first members to join, maybe you found us just last month. However you came to us, whenever you joined us, we have all arrived here during CrossFit 818's final week.
For six years CrossFit 818 has provided a foundation for those who want to improve themselves. If you've been here for awhile you will agree that the spirit of this place, of this community, greatly exceeds merely losing weight and getting stronger. I've seen quite a bit and have spent a lot of time pondering what CrossFit 818's legacy is. The answer was obvious once I arrived at it.
The legacy is you.
Since its inception, over 1,100 people have set foot inside CrossFit 818. Some stayed only a day, others several years. I believe that the impact this gym has on its members is relative in the sense that the more someone gives the more they will get in return. I also believe that we have done a good job of teaching people how to move better, eat better and live better. However, like I mentioned above, the fitness aspect is not the point of focus here. All that sweat is just a byproduct of something more. Written below is what I have learned after coaching 2,000 or so classes at CrossFit 818.
We all come from somewhere and we all have a story. We are complex, multi-faceted individuals with a capacity for greatness. We are both strong and shattered. We all want to reach for the stars, some of us just need to be pushed a little. The hour we spend together in class is about growing, becoming a better you. I have seen people use CrossFit to boost a high tide they are riding. Conversely, I have also seen people use the workouts and community to recover from catastrophic setbacks.
Wanting to get in better shape gave you a reason to come here regularly. I'm not really concerned with your max deadlift or your Fran time though, and you shouldn't be either. Instead, talk to me about how committing to showing up three times a week has improved your career path, made you a better mother or father, a more thoughtful and caring friend. Tell me about the dark time, when you thought the sun would never come up, and then smile while you point to the sky and show it to me. You see, the results of your effort inside the gym are marked on the whiteboard but the effects outside are part of a bigger, far more important scorecard - the one that tallies up what you've done with your life.
CrossFit 818 as a physical location is ending, but the concept of who and what we are does not die once the doors are locked for good. CrossFit 818 is, and always has been, greater than the sum of its parts. We are all stewards of this wonderful community and I believe that each of us will continue helping others as we close this chapter and open the next one.
You look at each other with the intense camaraderie of people who’ve suffered together and think, "We did well tonight. We will go home proud."
Written and posted by Geoff.