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Greetings All.

This post has taken me almost an entire year to write.  When we first had our site revamped, I was really excited that we would have a Blog page tucked away under our WOD tab.  I set a goal for myself to write one blog post a week.  Simple enough, I thought.  Got off to a great start.. wrote an informative post about visiting other CrossFit boxes when traveling.  But, then something.. or rather, nothing, happened.
You see, I consider myself to be a bit of a perfectionist.  I like to think this is a positive quality.  (Our CFTC members may be having a laugh right now.)  This often manifests itself into neatly stacked dumbbells, perfectly aligned rowers, and freshly scrubbed chalky spots.
The downside however, is that sometimes I feel paralyzed to start a task because I feel overwhelmed by my own expectations.  Such is the case here.  I love our Townies, we are so fortunate to have an amazing mix of very intelligent, hard working, fun people that I get to share my days with.  They know my quirks, my sense of humor, my imperfections.  I feel safe in my element, and confident with my words.  There is something about this forum that is very intimidating though.  Our reach has grown.  There will be people reading this who have never met me, never stepped foot into Town Center.  How will my message be received?  What if I say the wrong thing, or take the wrong tone?  Someone out there might not take that first step.  I feel that pressure.  Here, I am tasked with being the voice of our community.
Vulnerability.  I guess that's what it is really.  I'm sure many people feel the same way when they first walk through our doors at CFTC.  It takes courage to put yourself out there.  It is my hope that our weekly blog post (every Wednesday) will be met with the same welcome that our guests and prospective members feel.  The contributors on this forum are not professional writers.  We're just normal people who want to share our love of CrossFit and healthy living.  This won't be perfect, but it will be genuine.
That brings us to this.. our Social Media Project.
Our goal is to provide daily content to our community that will inspire, inform, and engage.  This is an ambitious undertaking that will follow the format below.  (please excuse the trite titles)
Motivation Monday- Short and sweet, an inspiring, or thought provoking quote to start the week
Triumph Tuesday- Recognition of our athletes improvements and accomplishments
Weblog Wednesday- This could be anything, our CFTC coaches have the green light to share on the topic of their choice
Top Tips Thursday-  Coaches commentary with linked article hilighting relevant topics for education and improvement
Furtherance Friday- Promoting upcoming events and happenings at CFTC
Snapshop Saturday- Our best photos from the week
CTA Sunday- Call to action, our reach out to encourage the growth of our community
  • October 25, 2013
  • By Luke Mintzas
  • Comments Off on Dropping In
  • in Blog

Dropping In

Every Wednesday one of our CFTC contributers will be sharing their thoughts on a topic of interest.  Click to check out this weeks post.

I often tell our first time CrossFitters.. once you go CrossFit, there is no going back to globo gyms.. and certainly not hotel gyms.  There are currently over 7,000 affiliates worldwide, making it easier than ever to get your WOD on while on the road.  With the holidays approaching, I wanted to share a few tips on dropping in to other boxes during travels.

The first thing you'll want to do is pull up the affiliate finder map.  Just type in your destination, and you'll be able to see your closest options.  Once you've narrowed things down, you'll want to visit their websites to see their class times, and hopefully find some information on dropping in.  Expect to pay around $15-25 per class.  If you're visiting for an extended stay, it doesn't hurt to politely ask if they offer any multiple visit discounts.  Some boxes may even waive the guest fee if you buy a t-shirt, and some may be interested in trading shirts from your home box.

CrossFit boxes are notorious for not answering the phone, so email is always the way to go.  It's best to write at least a few days ahead of time if possible.  Let them know your experience level with CrossFit, where you currently train, how many visits you're interested in, and what class times to expect you.  Also, this is the time to ask about shirt trades etc. (be sure to get their size if they're interested).

Many CrossFit boxes are a bit tricky to find.  Typically, you're looking for an industrial type location, often there may not be a clear sign for what you're looking for.  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find the location, and always arrive early so there is time to fill out any waiver forms, and to pay before the workout.

Once you're getting settled in, remember, you are now representing your home box, city, state, or even country.  Introduce yourself, smile, listen to your coach, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.  Know your fitness level, and don't go too crazy.  Your coach doesn't know exactly what you're capable of, they want to ensure that you're safe, and that you have a good experience.  Always be sure to leave the facility cleaner than before you arrived.

Happy Travels!

 

Welcome to our new site!

We're very excited to have our new CFTC site up.  Many thanks to our friends at MT3 for their hard work putting this together.  I'll be playing around with some things to get everything figured out.  Pictures and videos should be coming this weekend.  We'll also start posting our WOD's here in addition to our facebook page.  First reply to this post gets one of our new "vintage" tees for FREE!

-Luke

Vintage Tee 1

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