Camaraderie is defined as “mutual trust and feelings of good friendship among people in a group.”
Clean Break Teams!
Partner one completes the first full round of 10 squat cleans + 100 meter run. Partner two then completes the same (10 squat cleans + 100 meter run). Rinse repeat, alternating back and forth, with partners each completing full rounds as the other rests. Time is when the second partner has finished the final round of 1 squat clean + 100 meter run.
Building camaraderie isn’t something we talk about in CrossFit–it’s just what we do. It’s what we learn. It’s one of the things that makes it so rewarding and different from working out at a globo-gym. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday class with the normal everyday athletes, a local competition, or the Games. We give it our all while encouraging and cheering on our fellow athletes. It can be a simple high-five mid-run, or a “don’t stop” to keep moving the barbell. We want to see each other finish because at the end of the day we are all there for the same reason. Yes, it’s competitive but it is a friendly, healthy competitive. It doesn’t drag people down, it pushes and inspires them. And the awesome thing is that it happens in our gym everyday...whether it's with one another or with the visiting CrossFitters we get to meet on a near daily basis.
Today we had a bunch of CrossFitters join us from San Diego, Lake Havasu, and Illinois. We also had several new athletes from our Foundations course jump in with us, and one brand new athlete who had never done CrossFit before. In the 10 am class, we had our Steve's Club athletes join in and throw down with the class. Throughout the entire 3 classes, my heart was full as I watched the definition of camaraderie so naturally preside. During each interval everyone was high-fiving each other and giving encouragement to the other teams around them. While the goal was to make the fastest time between the 2 partners, it was really about a good workout and good times. This is really one of the few sports I have seen where it is expected and normal for the person to immediately finish and begin cheering on the person still working. Many of the faster teams were out there helping others through their final sprints.
The fierceness of CrossFit is what connects us and creates the positive and supportive community that it is today!
Many people say they don’t want to try CrossFit because they feel intimidated. Everyone had a first day. Everyone felt intimidated. Everyone wanted to crawl into a epsom salt bath and not come back. Until they did…again and again because of the community, the friendliness, the camaraderie that takes over the feeling of intimidation.
And...CrossFit includes the camaradie of a kid and a puppy. Who could resist that?