The Community Aspect of CrossFit


People often ask me “Why are your members so passionate about CrossFit?” I tell them that the gym (aka “The Box” in CrossFit terminology) is one of the rare places that no one judges you no matter what you do or look like, how strong you are or how you look in the mirror. I want to tell them stories of people lifting more, running faster and pushing their body much further than they imagined. How people become best friends and bond with the one common denominator: they are taking on a tremendous workout together.

CrossFit gyms are the place where members greet each other with hugs and handshakes versus head nods and headphones. When a person in a CrossFit gym has completed the workout, their first instinct is to find someone that is still going—to cheer them on, encourage them to get that last pull up, finish that last 100 meters and, in the end, high five them and congratulate them on a job well done.

Often times we not only do WODs (Workout of the Day) to better ourselves, but to fulfill a purpose. We perform Hero WODs to honor our fallen soldiers and first responders who have dedicated their lives in protecting and helping others. We often times grind through workouts together to raise money for a local charity or for a child who needs medical care. People often say that “CrossFit is a cult.” Well I say it is not a cult but a community—a community of people with a common interest to better their lives through fitness, while also helping others to better their lives, as well.

Bern Prince is a head coach at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay.