Power of Community

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In three short years, CrossFit Southie has gained some of the most amazing people that make up this tightly knit community. Doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, construction workers, police/firemen, accountants, sales reps, etc. all come together to work towards a common goal, health. Mark Hyman, medical director of the UltraWellness Center, stated that “the power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital.” To those who have spent any amount of time working out on their own, you have experienced first hand the amazing benefits of working out together in a group setting.

Working out with a group of people, or even just one other person subconsciously encourages you to push your limits. Although we all have different fitness goals, we are all innately competitive beings at heart. By surrounding yourself with others working towards a common goal you push yourself further than you could have ever imagined. Get comfortable with letting your competitive nature work it’s magic during the strength set or WOD. Take a look at some of the scores on the board before the workout starts and find someone else’s score to use as your motivation to beat. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone!

The level of accountability is one of my favorite aspects of CrossFit. Each and every time you show up, you know that you are held accountable for the work that you do by posting your time, reps, weights on the whiteboard. As coaches, we want you to take pride in the work that you accomplish in that hour by taking responsibility for your hard work. One of my biggest pet peeves is when an athletes steps up to the white board to give me their score and says “I only did the workout with…”. Don’t downplay all the hard work that you just put in over the last hour by saying “only”! Take pride in your hard work no matter what weight used or how many reps you scaled the workout by.

communityAlthough the programming is awesome, the support system and encouragement from your peers is why you keep coming back . We’ve all been there before, everyone else is finished the WOD and you’re still chipping away. Most likely those finished are surrounding you cheering you on until that very last rep. The support system here is second to none. This is why we ask all of our members to stay until the very end of your class even if you finish the workout early. Who knows who might need your encouragement to finish a workout.

Lastly, the community involvement outside the box is probably one of the most amazing things about the CrossFit community. Have you ever been a member of a gym and hung out with other members outside of the gym- my guess is probably not. We encourage members to make lasting friendships with others within the community. Go ahead make a friend with someone you worked out with this week!

Looking for a chance to meet some new people at the gym? Don’t forget about our Networking WOD happening tonight (Thursday) from 6:30-9:00pm in Southie Orange!ย The regular 6:30 & ย 7:30pm classes will be cancelled ย and reserved for the Networking WOD,ย designed to help you get to know the people in class better. The workout will be suitable for all levels, and afterwards we’ll hang out with some cold brews. We hope you can join us! It’s not too late to sign up here.


800m Run
30 Snatches (135,95)
800m Run

Level 3- (115,80)
Level 2- (95,65)
Level 1 -(75,35)

Spend 5 minutes foam rolling the lats and lower back


  • Jason

    03/20/2014 @ 11:00 pm

    Wod for Gilly, with Jenn and Andrea: 6+6 rx with the ladies doing 24″ box jumps all the way. We did increase total reps and the time proportionally bc it was a threesome. Awesome time had by all, and for a great cause!

  • Alec

    03/20/2014 @ 2:43 pm

    Yeah, giddyup great post Tina! Very true indeed!

    11:22 Rx on the metcon. Back at the 2010 NE sectionals I think I did this in 9:XX with 115 pounds.

    14.4 prediction: chipper with 50 wall balls, 40 burpees, 30 clean and jerks, 20 muscle ups (then back to beginning if finish in time cutoff)

    • Kelly

      03/21/2014 @ 4:59 pm

      nailed it!

  • Mark Litke

    03/20/2014 @ 2:39 pm

    SWOD – 335×3
    15:45 Rx on the WOD, good to be outside running again!

  • Mike Quigley

    03/20/2014 @ 12:41 pm

    315 for 2 sets of 3. hammy’s are still recovering from 14.3.
    13:59 L3 on the WOD. Took it steady and tried to make sure form was good on each snatch.
    Great post Christina.
    And yes JBo, I’m with you.

    • JBo

      03/20/2014 @ 6:13 pm

      Whew…thanks Quigs. Glad I’m not the only one! And I’m definitely with you. My hamstrings are still very mad at me. Lower back has mostly recovered though.
      And Alec, I’m pretty much with you. Except I think it may be T2B instead of clean & jerks since every workout thus far has had a barbell and we might get a week off from that.
      Alternately, I could also see them making this a really long one and do something like:
      60 burpees
      50 wall balls
      40 front squats
      30 T2B
      20 thrusters
      10 muscle ups
      We shall see in 6 hours’ time!

  • JBo

    03/20/2014 @ 1:37 am

    Anybody out there as crazy as I am and try to guess the coach that did the blog post before reaching the end? I was right on with this one–definitely had TinaMo written all over it!

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