I love that AT&T commercial where the guy is asking the little kids “what’s better - bigger or smaller?"
But I don’t think I agree with their response.
Trisha recently posted that one of her charges, 7 year old Ainsley, wanted to come back some time and visit our gym. She said “it's a tiny gym, but they got big weights.”
Response from our members was quick:
”We are small, but make up for it in so many ways."
“Big on attitude, profanity and inappropriateness.” (umm, yes, these posts sometimes get out of hand!)
“Nothing "to make up." BIG things come in small packages!”
“Big on heart.”
And I have to be honest. It went downhill from there. In a fun, rib-poking kind of way. Like siblings who are competitive, and don’t want anyone to know that they care, but would be there for you in a heartbeat if needed.
We are a bit like a typical dysfunctional family and come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Our members continually support and berate one another (sometimes in the same sentence) and the four-letter words fly, all in love of course. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is a theme in most CrossFit gyms, big or little - size really doesn't matter. I know a lot of people refer to this as “camaraderie” and “community.” I think it’s beyond even that. It’s a sense of unity. It’s being in a place where you belong.
We have many people come try us out. The people that stay feel like this particular place is a fit. They are right. All of the different personalities seem to meld together into this unit that while somewhat dysfunctional (in our case, and I say that lovingly…) is very functional. It just feels right. That’s pretty damn cool.
I just wish they all liked the same music. But that’s a post for another day. :)