Last Wednesday night I took on the challenge of Crossfit. It was a lot different from what I had expected. I thought I would walk into a super intimidating atmosphere, with a bunch of gym junkies and I would feel like the newbie who had no idea what they were doing.
I was wrong. The trainers and the co-crossfitters were some of the nicest people. Willing to meet you wherever you were and encourage you along the way. When we came into the class, the trainer; Nick wrote our names on the board and introduced us all to each other. He talked a lot about safety, technique, consistency. The goal was to perfect the move, not fly through it with as many reps as possible, but to do it perfectly accurate while staying consistent in the time allowed.
After introduction and a few practices with a pvc pipe, we used actual weights. The trainer grabbed a bar for the guys and for the gals. I was first in line for the girls and went to do a press with the weight. Bent down, picked it up, lifted it to my shoulders and then… I struggled. I said, “Well I don’t think this is going to work.” The trainer felt terrible because he thought he had embarrassed me in front of everyone. I was truly NOT embarrassed at all, but he apologized several times, grabbed me a lighter weight and had everyone lift with me the second time around.
We moved on to a few different kind of presses and then kettlebell swings. We finished up outside doing 5 kettlebell swings, running to a tree and back , then repeating as many times as you could in 5 minutes. The goal wasn’t to do it as fast as you could, but to pace yourself so you could keep going the entire 5 minutes. This is where I redeemed myself.
I noticed the community of crossfitters. Encouraging each other, pushing one another. The way that I felt comfortable with the group of people I just met. The kindness and sincerity of the others in the class. It was a good feeling.
Community and association are sooo important. As a parent, you want your children to choose their association carefully. To be surrounded by positive influences that lead to good choices. To be lifted up after spending time with another.
But what about as an adult yourself? Do you stop and think about the people you surround yourself with? Do you leave conversations with friends feeling better than when you arrived? Are you encouraged, pushed to be better, dream bigger, work harder? Are you around people who see the glass half-full, that are going somewhere in life?
Why is it that sometimes what we don’t want our children to do, we justify in our adult life? Complaining, gossiping, being all-around negative? How would we feel if we heard the same way we talk – come out of our children’s mouths’s? How we treat one another? What kind of friend we are?
They say you are like the 5 people you hang out with the most. Who are they? What kind of lifestyle do they have? Are they in marriages, financial situations, spiritual places in life that you want to be?
Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise, grows wise.” I encourage you to not only find a great association that helps you grow, but also – be that for someone else. Influence is the most powerful tool one can possess. What will you do with yours?