Contrary to popular CrossFit belief, a strong community is not built through box socials, private member groups on Facebook, internal throwdowns, or charity events.
Instead, a strong community is forged through a foundation of mutual respect: Respect that you as a box owner or coach show to your members when you ask them questions and express a genuine interest in their lives. Respect and consideration by actively listening to what they say and responding in turn. And finally, showing respect to your gym, the physical foundations of your community, by keeping it clean, organised and in good condition.
“Attitude reflects leadership”
When you as a box owner, the leader of your community, take the steps to show this level of respect to your members and your gym, it spreads like wildfire. Not only do your members respect you for everything you do for the box and for them, they also show respect to your other members, and their fellow athletes. They start getting to know each other, asking questions, listening, empathising, encouraging, hanging out outside of the box, and eventually, even brushing chalk off of their barbells!
In my five years of experience as a box owner, I am confident that this is how a strong and unwavering community is built; not through High Fives, but with a solid dose of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
I could not be more proud of the members and the community at CrossFit 1864, which, even though I’m nearly 5,000 miles away, I feel the power of every day.
Big love, you guys.