Earlier this week, I issued, the 10 foot Challenge. If you did not get a chance to read it, you can do so here.
This challenge is clearly different from the typical physical challenges that we issue at ACCF. It requires us to reach out and connect with our fellow athletes.
But why issue this challenge?
I’ve had the opportunity to connect with CrossFitters, both members and non-members. And what I’ve found to be a common thread is that everyone is dealing with something. For some, it’s the daily struggle of balancing work, family and personal health and fitness goals. For others, their something is a life changing event such as the death of a family member, loss of a job, the end of a relationship, custody battles and all the aftermath that ensues these type of life events.
These examples are real struggles your fellow athletes are dealing with. I know this because I have sat and listened to them. Current members continue showing up during these difficult periods because WE are their sanctuary. New members come to us to help them rebuild the person they lost in the battle of loss and depression. When I asked a recently new member what brought them to ACCF, the answer was, “I need to put my life back together.”
We are where EVERYONE can temporarily forget the troubles they are carrying around and instead, pick up a weight that will strengthen them to continue “pushing through” their rough patch. We, our community, is a sanctuary. A music blasting, kettlebell swinging, bar slamming, Assault Bike riding, sanctuary.
The 10 foot challenge gives each one of us a chance to make a difference in someone’s day. Your “hello”, smile, high-five, “good job” may be the first positive exchange someone has experienced on any given day. And even if it’s not, you can never go wrong with encouraging others. Even if it’s not reciprocated, we (your coaches) see you and are grateful you make up our wonderful community.
Are you ready to rededicate yourself to the 10 Foot Challenge?