I am still waiting for the moment when I walk into the gym, everyone stops what they are doing and yells, "CHRIS!" Yes, I am old enough to make a Cheers joke.
But seriously, let's take a look at our good friends, Norm and Cliff. They are best friends. They look forward to seeing each other everyday. They make the effort to be there, and if one isn't there, he is missed. It is the same thing at the gym or a running club!
I not only look forward to getting the workout in, but I look forward to seeing my friends. When I was running, I had friends I ran with every morning. The mornings I didn't want to go, I knew that my partner wouldn't have a person to run with. So I got out of bed. I now look forward to seeing the friends I have made at CrossFit. (I didn't make it through a whole post without saying it...)
Why is it cool and important to make friends with these people? Well, they are working towards the same goal as you are. That moment before the workout where you look at each other and know we are both sore from the thrusters from the day before, knowing the suck that is about to happen, but excited to reach new goals. It is great.
The fitness community is great. Guess what, no one at the gym wants you to fail. No runner wants you to not get a good run in. They are cheering you on.
Another cool thing about getting to know the people around you is that you might realize they have the same names as your cousins. THIS HAPPENED TO ME. I have two cousins, Meradith and Natalie. Not the most common names but super cool cousins. Well in my effort to get to know names at CrossFit, I met a Meredith and Natalie on the same day. MY COUSINS' NAMES! So I have two workout cousins!
|Meredith, me, Natalie|
So here is my challenge. Say "hi" to someone new and get to know their name. THEN when you see this person the next time, tell them "hi" again AND "it is good to see you." You will make a friend. Friends are cool.... Just as cool as Norm and Cliff.