One of the first things you learn about most CrossFit boxes once you've been there for a bit is the strong sense of community. Community not only within their walls, but around the area too. That community then becomes family. You're invested in them and they're invested in you. It's a two way street and if you find are lucky enough to have that where you go, you know it can mean everything.
Kayla Ullmann has been at CrossFit 8035 for a while. She's a member of the competitors class and a successful athlete. When I asked her to name one word that would describe this team, this is what she had to say.
"I would say family. At the end of the day and after the work has been put in, we genuinely care about one another. We are emotionally invested in one anothers success and experiences outside of the gym. We found more joy in Madi becoming a mom more that her PR on a lift. We celebrate Dani and her career after school with a party. We support each others lives when shit happens too. Tim and I joined 8035 shortly after moving to Des Moines so these people make up the majority of our friend groups. I know this is a different aspect when looking at a competitive team, but I think it is important factor to have in a successful team. And I think it is an important thing to know to understand us and our growth as a team and a gym."
I could go on about how important this aspect is to a CrossFit community, but I don't need to. I think most of you get it. I'm lucky to be a part of it. And I can't wait to cheer and yell my family on when they take the floor Friday. Yell? Hell yes we yell. That's what all great families do, right? Because sometimes we need that. And if anything, CrossFit 8035 is a family.