What’s the Secret Sauce?

Charlie Sims

My CrossFit gym has over 600 members.

My CrossFit gym has over 200 members.

Only one of these statements are true.

On the day CrossFit Regeneration opened, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. And still now, after four years, I can’t predict the future. But on January 1st, 2012, we had 2 members. Our friends Derek and Danielle paid us in cash for 3 months of membership up front because they loved us.

That number quickly ballooned up to 50 by May of that year. But in June we gained 12 new members, and finished the month with a total of 35… And because of math, it’s easy to learn that 27 people quit.

We’ve come a long way in 4 years. In total we’ve had over 600 people who have started a membership with us. Currently, we have just over 250 members involved in one of our programs. And I’ve done a lot of thinking about the difference between the person who stays and the one who gives up.

Last night we started this month’s Foundations for Fantastic Class. They had just completed their very first workout. It was a salty little AMRAP of 12 Air Squats, 10 Situps, and 8 Burpees for 8 minutes. We invited a couple of our members to attend the class. They started their class last year at this time, and we asked them to share with the rookies a little about their year with us. And while they were talking, it occurred to me that they were the successful ones. They had made it through a full year, and are still going strong. Many of their classmates from last year are no longer around. Either back on the couch, or at Zumba class… I don’t know.

What I do know is that Sandy has lost 20 pounds and has developed into a bright and confident presence in any room she finds herself in. She is a different and better person after a year with us.

Jennifer was also there and she said that she hasn’t lost any weight over the year, but she’s re-positioned her weight. She was beaming when she was talking about how much stronger she’s become this year, especially in her upper body. But I can remember teaching her how to squat, and what once looked like a baby giraffe trying to learn how to walk has become a strong and coordinated thing of beauty.

Here are some reasons some of the folks in this class won’t make it to next year. Some are legit, others are not.

I can’t afford it. We’re moving. I don’t like CrossFit. I don’t like CrossFit Regeneration. I don’t like my coach or one of my classmates. I miss the treadmill. I don’t like the schedule. I don’t like the workouts.

I want results without the work. I miss my couch, junk food, and Netflix.

The difference between Sandy, and Jennifer and the ones who give up comes down to one major thing: GRIT.

In her TED talk, Angela Duckworth defines Grit as sticking with your future, day in and day out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but also for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is undeterred by failure, setbacks or frustration. It’s passion, perseverance and stamina for a very long time.

I think Sandy and Jennifer, along with the rest of our membership all have had the temptation to give up. I know I have, but they have grit. They see their future as worth pursuing. They have decided that NOTHING will stand in their way. They will make it work, no matter what.

If you’re looking for the secret of fitness; it’s easy. Never. Give. Up.

And for those of you in this month’s Foundations Class, make your future self proud.

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