I recently came across the post below on the CrossFit Forum. To my mind, this post and the subsequent thread, there are about a dozen pages of replies, really drives home some of the great aspects of CrossFit. Sure, CrossFit may not be perfect and it has its retractors lining up to spread the hate, but you know what, it’s still pretty damn cool. And the post below is a perfect example.
As most of you know, I have recently finished up six months of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I was fortunate enough to be able to keep CrossFitting (scaled, with extra rest days) throughout. Even did 2 months of SS. Something which really helped me was knowing that there were CFers out there who wrote my name on their hand, then went out and gave it their all in a workout. We create a lot of fabulous energy when we workout, and I’m positive that these good vibes helped me when times were tough.
So I’d like to give something back.
I envision this thread as a place where anyone here can come and ask for the healing energy that CFers have to give. You can ask for it for yourself, for someone in your family, or for anyone else you wish. You can tell us the reason why this person needs healing energy, or you can simply tell us the person’s name.
This is the commitment I will make. When a name is posted here, I will write that person’s name on my hand and keep their struggle in mind as I do my next workout. I’ll do it as long as I am able. Join me if you wish.
Wow. That’s community. I have never seen the sense of community that CrossFit engenders anywhere else. Go to any CrossFit box anywhere. You will be welcomed, cheered on, and people will line up to slap your hand at the end of the class–half the time you won’t even be charged (we never do). You won’t see it in martial arts dojos, on tennis courts, and not in golds gyms, no way.
I started a CrossFit box to help people. Don’t get me wrong, I want to make some money too, but that’s not all there is to it. For my next WOD, I will have a name written on my hand.
5×2 @ 90%1RM
3 Broad Jumps for speed and distance between each deadlift set.
7 Hang Power Cleans 65% 1RM
7 GHD Situps
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