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Author: Mark Gannaway
If there is one thing that separates CrossFit from other strength and conditioning programs, it’s the community.
I have found that the sense of community at a CrossFit box is unique; everyone knows one another, you’re greeted with smiling faces, there is always someone to help with technique, to compare results, to help in achieving goals, discuss competitions, or arrange social events.
My experience is that this doesn't happen in regular gyms. I barely spoke to any other members of whichever stale ‘globo’ gym I was attending at the time, except for occasionally asking "are you using this?"
Coaching, technique and programming are all important factors when discussing CrossFit but Community is often a forgotten factor which I believe is important.
Ever wonder why you push yourself so hard on a WOD with your 5am classmates? Ever wonder why those last 20 chin ups felt so much lighter when ten people were cheering you on versus when you tried to muscle-up on your own?
It’s the power of numbers.
From Military to LEA (Law Enforcement Agency) I have come to realise that group fitness classes, (whether ocean swimming, weightlifting or participating in another burpee based WOD), do work because the camaraderie and people we have surrounded ourselves with challenge us. We share that experience, a mutual respect for one another and unconditional assistance.
‘Mateship’ became a popular notion during the First World War with allied soldiers on the front line but there is science in this notion. The Köhler effect states that less capable individuals will perform better when doing a task in a group setting, rather than on their own.
CrossFitters always come together when facing tough workouts, we challenge and push each other to perform better and faster than ever before.