I recently came upon an article explaining how one could explain to a friend what the CrossFit craze is all about…I know some of my family and friends do not understand my passion whatsoever, in fact while at 4th of July dinner with Fred and Sarah, it was mentioned several times that we were all addicted and talked too much about CF; personally I don’t think I could ever talk too much about CrossFit or the people I’ve met in my journey…
Thursday will mark my 4th yr anniversary on my introduction to CF…I truly wish I had found it earlier, but the good thing is, is that I have it now and we have an awesome community to boot!
The trainers and I would like to build up as well as bring in more (we want to help more people!) athletes and to do that we are first launching a new “Athletes of the Month” feature; you will be contacted once you’ve been selected. Second we would like to re-launch our Referral Program…bring in a friend—>he/she signs up for a regular months membership—>you get $15 off your next month’s membership—>he/she stays for the 2nd month(prob the most crucial month), both of you get $10 off your next month’s membership! It’s a Win-Win situation! Just help me keep track of your referrals by making sure I know if you’re sending a friend our way!!
Here’s the article…
“We all have that friend who asks questions all the time about CrossFit, and we know deep down they really want to try it out. Often it’s difficult to articulate what we love about CrossFit. For some people, it just clicks. We come in, learn some basics, try a few beginner WODs and we’re hooked. But getting people through the front door is usually the biggest battle.
So if someone asks you about CrossFit what should you say to get them to give it a try? While there are literally thousands of ways to effectively respond, here are the main things I love about training, and maybe you can pass them along to some of your curious friends.
One of the biggest problems I had with conventional gyms and workouts was that I really had no idea what to do. You could possibly scrounge up an old football coaches’ workout plan or read a magazine article that boasts about the latest craze that would get you the beach body you’ve always wanted in 30 days.
But even these plans became stale for me, and let’s face it, on the off chance you actually finished the 30 days and did all the work . . . then what? For CrossFit, the prospect of coming in and doing something completely new or a experiencing a workout with movements in a new format or rep scheme is a huge bonus. Sometimes people confuse constantly varied movements with random. When you explain this to people, share with them that if you’re working with a trainer who knows his or her stuff they will have new workouts with a plan and purpose for you every day.
CrossFit prides itself on the community and thrives because of the support its members. Before CrossFit, I would go into a gym and lift with other coaches or athletes, so there were often other people around. You could go to any gym and be around others and get a great workout while you’re there. But most time everyone is doing their own workouts, headphones covering their ears, ignoring the people around them.
What people new to CrossFit will quickly learn is that it’s not only beneficial to train with others, but it’s more worthwhile, too. The common struggle of completing the WOD and sharing the grind of a difficult workout creates a bond that far exceeds simply complete a set of reps for a time or score. The bigger reality is that not only do you have a class to train with or a community within your own box, but your training can develop a commonality with others around the world. Because anywhere you go, who ever you meet, we all know what Fran is like.
You Have to Start Somewhere
The on-ramp or beginners program is effective because it really can help with confidence for anyone who wants to ease into CrossFit training (which is the way everyone should do it). Most people are naturally nervous to walk in the front door because the fear of the unknown is a very powerful deterrent. For a lot of our friends they have probably only seen online (often sensationalized and baseless) articles and attacks on CrossFit, or broadcasts of the Games on ESPN2 or maybe the occasional local competition.
Real CrossFit training starts with a gradual build up to scaled or modified workouts, so the high end competition (like the Games) is not a realistic portrayal of what a majority of us do on a daily basis. Explaining to our friends or people who often express an interest in trying CrossFit what the on-ramp does and why it’s important could really make the difference in getting someone through the front door for the first time. And sometimes that’s all it takes to get a new person hooked for life.”