Just about every online site has its own member forum where individuals can go to check in, chat, ask questions, and get advice. And if you’re like me, you may sometimes hang out there just to see what’s going on. Sometimes I participate, but a lot of the time, I just like to see what people are talking about, what’s trending, and what topics are stirring people up.
Today, I came across one worthy of sharing, because it reminded me why we go to CrossFit and not some other gym. Without mentioning the specific forum, because that would not be cool, let’s take a look at the topic:
“How bad would someone’s form have to be before you said something?”
Most of us probably know how we would answer right away, because we’ve been coached a specific way. We’ve been taught to COACH each other and help each other so that we 1) all perform to our best abilities, 2) avoid injury, and 3) learn from our mistakes. But check out some of the answers that came across the discussion board:
“If you’re a man, and the other person is a woman, any time is a good time to comment on form. Remind her to breathe or suggest a different exercise altogether.”
Thoughts: Have any of you ever forgotten to breathe? Didn’t think so. And definitely not during a lung-burner of a WOD! Also, not a single one of our CrossFit coaches has had to make a gender determination before deciding whether or not to help someone with form to avoid injury. Male or female, we all get coached to do things the right way.
“I would never. I mind my business. Life is easier that way.”
Thoughts: Would life be easier if a barbell landed on top of someone? Or if an athlete slipped a disc because of poor form during a deadlift? Nope. Life’s not easier when we fail to speak up and help someone. Sure, life’s easier if we don’t have to say hard things, but life’s also easier if we never leave the house…but that’s no fun!
“LOL. I often wonder this. There was a lady yesterday that was doing something crazy on the leg press, and I thought she was going to kill herself. I didn’t say anything. I just videoed it. LOL. Probably wrong of me, but it was funny.”
Thoughts: Where to begin? Setting aside the LOLs, which are astounding enough, seeing someone who is on the brink of physical injury and saying nothing is shameful. Karma will likely ensure a 2-lb. weight ends up landing on this dude’s pinky toe. And even worse is videoing it for one’s own entertainment. At the very least, if anyone ever feels uncomfortable approaching someone in need of assistance, they could ask for a coach’s insight. Especially at a CrossFit box, things are less crowded, we get more one-on-one attention, and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand.
“I’d say something if/when they were doing something stupid enough that they could potentially hurt me. Otherwise, not my circus, not my monkeys.”
Thoughts: We choose CrossFit because we don’t just look out for ourselves; we look out for others, too. I’m pretty sure I don’t just speak for myself when I say, “This IS our circus, and these ARE our monkeys!” And that means we keep an eye out for each other. That’s why we don’t go anywhere else.
It’s kind of cool to see what others are talking about, and I like to keep up with the latest news and updates. And it’s also pretty great to be reminded that somehow, some way, we all ended up in exactly the right place to form our own perfectly imperfect little circus of like-minded CrossFitters.
Lift on! And don’t forget to lend each other a helping hand when it’s needed.