This past week, I sat down and wrote out our gym values. These have been on my mind for a while but I felt it was time to make it more concrete. These values are the bedrock of our gym and help us fulfill our vision of being a community gym aimed at social impact in West Louisville.
Tell the truth, to your coach, to yourself, to your peers, to the person next to you in the gym. This also means counting your reps and holding yourself accountable to doing all of the work during the workout. Honesty is something that personally means a lot to me due to my military background. An honest person is trusted and that trust allows myself and our coaches to serve you in the best way possible.
There are days you will walk into the gym, look at the whiteboard and say “no freaking way”. And then you’ll stick around, do the warm up and complete the workout. Those are the days to celebrate, the days where it would’ve been easier to say “no” but instead you embraced the challenge and won out. Is your work schedule changing and you have to wake up early to get a work out in? Wake up early and get the work done, you’ll feel better for it. Whatever the challenge, let us know how we can help, come up with a game plan, and commit to embracing your day, whatever challenges await you.
Care-About Yourself, Our Community, and Others
Care enough about yourself to show up, eat well, and work hard. Care about our community by helping with the after school program for at risk and high risk youth or just by spreading the word that there’s a community gym in West Louisville. Volunteer to help with New Roots Fresh Stop market, or just be present for a neighbor or a friend, or a fellow gym member. Care about others, celebrate with the other members of the gym and embrace the other members when they struggle. We all have good days and we all have bad days and it’s so much better when we can share that with someone who CARES.
This CrossFit stuff is hard work. Mentally it can be draining and physically we ask a lot of you. All of our members entered the gym with goals, when it gets hard remind yourself of why you started whether that’s because you want to ward of Type II diabetes, get a bigger butt, fit into a certain pant size, or just feel better about your life. Remember why you started and work hard to achieve the goals that you promised yourself. It’s worth it.