It has been said that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time around. During the pandemic, Buffalo Nickel CrossFit has honestly been incredibly blessed compared to other fitness centers locally, and especially nationally. Gyms were forced to shut down all over the country. Peloton stock was skyrocketing. Rogue, Vulcan, Repfitness were sold out of all and any fitness equipment. People were selling their first-borns in exchange for bikes and kayaks. And while we aren’t through the woods just yet, we know that people miss their CrossFit tribe.
Seth Godin says: One of the most powerful of our survival mechanisms is to be part of a tribe, to contribute to (and take from) a group of like-minded people. We are drawn to leaders and to their ideas, and we can’t resist the rush of belonging and the thrill of the new.
With the pandemic continuing on, people are looking for “their” people. The book clubs, the religious gatherings, the gym family. People miss seeing their friends smile without a mask. They miss being able to high five, shake hands and embrace their tribe, CrossFit tribe or otherwise. In essence, they miss the personal experience Zoom can’t replicate.
There is a difference when you are there in person. The buzz of energy, the sounds of controlled chaos, your tribe pushing you when you didn’t think you could run faster. It feels different: more unique and appreciated when in person. This is something a computer screen will never be able to replicate.
We all know this isn’t over yet, and the world outside is seemingly falling apart. But here you can find your people, and the camaraderie of that tribe pulling for you to succeed. Workouts at 5 AM don’t seem nearly as early when surrounded by your tribe.
There’s something indescribable and special about a group of people that suffer and sweat together.
Why a CrossFit tribe, or any tribe, is important
- Life will have its difficult times. You will fail. You will make mistakes. A tribe can help support you in these tough times.
- There will be things that you don’t want to do (but you need to do). You’re going to need people to believe in and push you, more than you are capable of at those moments.
- The tribe are people that care about what you have to say. Surround yourself with people you love. It makes life a little less daunting.
You need a tribe, go find yours.