There are many negatives to Crossfit. There are a ton of reasons people have decided to despise the sport from bad coaches (which so happens to occur in every sport), to athletes getting injured (also frequent in all sports), and a number of other reasons that seem to escape me at the moment. But I chalk all these negatives up to people needing to hate and despise a sport that is growing like no other. Similarly to the need for people to tear successful people down, Crossfit seems to be experiencing this as well.
But what about the positives? What about the fact that Crossfit has brought so many individuals closer to a healthier lifestyle through working out which has often times led athletes making better nutrition decisions. Regardless of the reason why people join Crossfit or decide to eat healthier, Crossfit is helping change this obese world into a world of more strong, fit individuals.
And more importantly and the reason why most people stay with Crossfit, what about the positive community it provides? I remember my first Crossfit workout at the gym in which I now coach, as well as falling in love with it. I can’t tell you what the workout was, but I can tell you it reminded me of my college athletic career through the competition and exhaustion I felt trying to beat others (I am just really competitive) and the camaraderie I felt with those I worked out with.
Crossfit provides a small community within each box that is very similar to a team-like atmosphere. The athletes push each other, cheer each other on, hang out together outside of the gym, and are there for one another especially when an individual needs it the most. It is a team that slowly starts to turn into a family.
Crossfit as a whole is comprised of thousands of boxes around the world that each have their unique flare, style, and personality. Some boxes are impressively large while some may be located in a small garage. Some boxes have athletes that compete at the games while some have a lot more athletes simply looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. But that doesn’t matter when it comes to the Crossfit. The size and equipment of a box does not define them. Whether or not their athletes want to compete at the games does not define them either. These are small matters when it comes to Crossfit. Crossfit instead is defined by our ability to pull together as a community for someone in a time of need. We are the community that refuses to leave a man on the battle field when he needs our help. We jump at a moments notice to do whatever we can to lend a hand to a complete stranger simply because they are one of us. We are what the world should be: supportive, willing to give, and full of love for each other regardless of our faults or ability level.
I do not know who Kevin Ogar is. What I do know is that he is a great Crossfitter and a man of faith. This weekend at the OC Throwdown he had a terrible mishap during a snatch resulting in the bar landing on his back which severed his spinal cord. He is undergoing surgery #1 this morning, which will most likely be followed by more depending on how things transpire, not to mention the amount of physical therapy afterwards. Unfortunately he is uninsured as well and needs our help.
I am impressed with the speed at which the fundraising page was started and the amount of donations that have already been received, but like I said, the Crossfit community is amazing and pulls together in a time of need. Crossfitter or not, it does not matter. We are all human and we are all connected in the community of life. Whether you play a sport, lift to stay strong for your kids, or rarely workout, we can all come together and make a difference and in this case, for a talented athlete that really needs our assistance and prayers.
Here is the link to the fundraising page: Kevin Ogar’s Recovery Fundraiser
Please give as generously as possible. Remember, there is no greater joy than helping those that cannot return the favor.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” – Luke 6:38