Does the person at the front desk know you by name?

Do they care about where you’re at and call you if they haven’t seen you in a while?

I’ve been trying to distil what it is exactly that makes my gym: Adapt CrossFit different from other gyms and fitness centres…

I wanted to explain why CrossFit has become my preferred training methodology and such an integral part of my life and career – something so life changing that I’d commit the last 7 years to it, including leaving a well paid government job to become a coach and run a CrossFit box full time

Here’s what I came up with (plus a little bit of context…)

Adapt CrossFit is situated in what I like to call ‘gym alley’ – There’s a yoga studio across the way, 2 Globo / 24 hour gyms within a stones throw of our front door and a Martial Arts Academy to boot

Every morning on my way to Adapt I drive past the other gyms and sometimes I see people training. Not many but a small few, going through the motions to improve their fitness

One in particular recently upgraded their space to include all the latest and greatest “Functional” training equipment. They’ve got a new pull-up rig, some bumper plates, some wall balls and even a few Bulgarian sandbags – The only killer is that each person using the new gear seems to be doing so all by their lonesome. I mean they’re not alone (in the space) but well, they kinda are…

There might be one or two people underneath the pull-up rig (and sometimes there’s more), all within metres of each other, close enough to reach out and give one another a high-five, a fist bump or a pat on the back – but they don’t.

Fixated on their reflection in the floor to ceiling mirrors they chip away, nervously hoping not to make a scene while perhaps, deep down inside they wait for some small acknowledgement of their efforts. A slight head nod, a thumbs up, anything but alas…

To be honest, my heart goes out to all the guys and girls doing it on their lonesome – to be so close to each other and yet to be so disconnected, closed off and guarded – it just doesn’t look like the kind of training that would keep me motivated to keep showing up on the regular

Please understand that I’m not saying you can’t train alone – Every now and then I enjoy going solo – a couple of weeks back I was the only dude in the gym. I locked the doors and busted myself on the rower for a solid 60 mins. No, of course you can train alone but for me, this is something I do on the odd occasion and not on the regular

I find it way more motivating to workout with a mate or even better: a group of people – the more the merrier I say 😉

The guys and girls at my gym train in the same space with a shared vision. It’s the Blood, sweat and tears – Yep, it’s the shared suffering that builds our camaraderie and connection. I love being a part of something bigger than myself as I feel like we can achieve so much more, together than I can, alone

This place, this space, my coaches, the people… It just feels like home. A place where everyone knows you by name and cares that you were bothered enough to show up

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