Reflection On Community: The 2011 Northeast Crossfit Regionals

by Dr. Christopher on June 20, 2011

Courtesy of Dinosaur Collector

When I ask you what the name of your community is, how long does it take you to answer?

Hopefully, less than five seconds.

Health and happiness are not possible without a quick answer to that question.

Whenever I think about the happiest moments in my life, it was when I belonged to a community…

When I played football and baseball at West Essex High School in North Jersey, winning a state championship in football and being known for being the hardest hitting team in the league, playing football at dear old Franklin and Marshall College and winning another ring, a loyal brother in Sigma Pi at F&M (the only fraternity without a house), a rugby player at F&M, in the Cortland Herd, and in Morristown, and finally a gym member at Crossfit Morristown.

The Crossfit Community

Then there’s the larger community of Crossfit.com, which I got to experience this past weekend.

From June 17-19, a couple hundred seriously fit athletes competed to win a trip to the 2011 Crossfit Games in California.  Forty-two are now headed west.

Observing athletes do 100 pull-ups in three minutes was cool.  So was lifting 275 pounds from the ground to overhead.

The coolest thing, though, was watching athletles who’ve never met each other before, finish a workout, and then clap, yell, and support another athlete who hasn’t finished yet.

As I notice that warm, fuzzy feeling from one person helping another, I find myself saying, “You sissy Chris.” 

Then, I remember what community is about.

Camaraderie.  Loyalty.  Fun.  Happiness.  Love.

Is that warm, fuzzy feeling a feeling of “love”? 

I don’t know.

But I’m proud to be a Crossfitter and to be a part of this community.

I’m proud of people who seek to be the best in whatever life demands of them, whether it’s fitness or helping another.

They say that you’re going to end up like the five people who are closest to you.  If that’s the case, then I’m grateful for the seven Crossfit communities that I’ve become close with near my home in North Jersey.

For those of you who competed, I’m amazed by you and you make me want to be a better person.  You already know I love you.

What’s the name of your community?

If health is one of your goals and you want to look good, Crossfit (a list of locations is on the left side of the page) can help you, no matter where you live or how old or unfit you are.  My Crossfit Liters are a shining example of that.

If it’s not Crossfit, I hope that you have a group of people there to pick you up, support you, love you, and give you a sense of belonging.

That sense is ingrained in you, ever since you were a caveman.

After all, you couldn’t take down that woolly mammoth by yourself.

What community are you a part of?

Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Morristown, NJ.  He practices out of Crossfit Morristown.

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