The difference between good and great is that little bit of extra effort. I expressed this to our baseball team the other night at a tournament. We just had a tough loss and the kids didn’t try very hard. They weren’t communicating, or getting down and ready or being aggressive at the plate. I was trying to stress that competency is not the solution, hard work is. But, these are 8, 9 and 10-year-old children and its difficult to understand sometimes.  However, here at Crossfit Brownwood we aren’t going to hold your hand (maybe at the start) every step of the way, but we are going to challenge you! Crossfit is about reaching to a depth that you’ve never been to before. It’s not about staying at home and in your comfort zone. It’s about digging deep and reaching levels you never thought possible.

One of my good friends, Justin McDermed, nearly threw up his first class (which we have all experienced at some point) but now after dedicated hard work he challenges me every day! Because I’m so competitive I’ve got to watch my back to make sure that he’s not catching me on the WOD (although he does often). We are different personalities and yet we get along like a Miller Lite in a keg and that’s what I believe Crossfit is. It’s building a community that sometimes makes you so mad that you want to throw your FitAid at the wall. And other times, there are so many people cheering you on that nothing could overcome you. I have met a lot of great friends through this gym and I truly believe that we are a community of athletes, friends, supporters, challengers, comedians, yellers, men and women. Let’s work together to improve our box and improve others.

You may have heard, the owners of Freight Train Crossfit (Josh and Heather Tye) have purchased the gym along with myself and my beautiful wife, Whitney. We are going to be making changes, but with the idea that we are going to continue to challenge you and build a community that is constantly behind you. Saturday WODS? You got it, starting on 5/5, there will be workouts each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Did I hear other class times? Why not? Beginning in early June, we will be adding a 9 a.m. class 3 times a week. And that’s not it, but we also don’t want to ruin all of the fun and surprises.

I have loved Crossfit from day one. There have been times that I have hated it because of injuries and/or fatigue. But you know what? I keep coming, I keep improving and I continue to learn from each of you and myself. I adapt my wods to accommodate my level at the time and my injuries. I want you to finish reading this blog knowing that you are valued, that we appreciate you, and that we are going to make your life better now and in the long term. As Glassman (founder of Crossfit) wanted us all to understand, functional fitness is the ability to carry out our workouts to our daily tasks. If you can’t even squat down on the toilet at 65, we haven’t done our job.

Leave it all on the mat!