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THE POWER OF A COMMUNITY

A story about why the Many are more powerful than a Few.

ON FRIDAY NIGHT WE ACCUMULATED A YEAR AND A HALF’S WORTH OF BUILDING A COMMUNITY.

It came to a head when presented with a small challenge.

The challenge was to raise money for Wades Army a CrossFit Football fundraiser for a pediatric cancer called Neuroblastoma . Our gym crushed that challenge and raised a total of $5,271 which was the leading fundraising gym in the world. The fundraiser reached the far edges of the world including gyms from the US, Germany and New Zealand. And CFS stepped up and led the charge!

NO ONE PERSON COULD EVER ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK, BUT AS A GROUP WE DID IT.

BUT WHAT REALLY DOES IT TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT TASK?IT MEANT A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS CAME TOGETHER, FOR SOMEONE AND SOMETHING THAT THEY HARDLY KNEW ABOUT BECAUSE IT WAS IMPORTANT TO A FEW. IF IT WAS ONLY DONATED TO, BY THE PEOPLE AFFECTED, OR BY THE FEW WHO STRUGGLE WITH THE FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS THIS DISEASE CAUSES, THE IMPACT WOULD HAVE BEEN MINIMAL. BUT AS GROUP WE SUCCEEDED, AND DID IT WITH FLYING COLORS.THIS IS THE POWER OF A GROUP.

One group within our community is our amazing lululemon friends, who – who flat out matched our donation with a check of $2,300. Again, they did not know who, why or where, but it was important to a few, so it was supported by the many. lululemon has the ability to donate $ to philanthropic causes called a META Movement and they chose a large chunk of that to go to Wades Wings, because they wanted to support CFS. An amazing gesture of support.

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LET’S FLASH FORWARD TO FRIDAY NIGHT.

For all of you who came, Thank you and we hope you had a good time!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED IT, THE COACHES HAD TO CASH IN ON A PROMISE TO DO A BURPEE FOR EVERY $ RAISED. SO THAT MEANS BETWEEN 7 COACHES WE HAD TO COMPLETE 5,271 BURPEES, WHICH PUT US AT 751 BURPEES A COACH.

As only 7 coaches, this is a lot of burpees. But as a group we completed 5,271 burpees in a mere 1:20 min.

IF YOU BREAK DOWN THE MATH, THAT’S 65 BURPEES COMPLETED EVERY MINUTE.

The workout started, and the coaches dove in knocking out burpees in sets of 10 and taking on there challenge. But about 45 min in, something really amazing happened. The few became many, and people slowly started chipping in on some burpees.

There was a pile of 571 pennies on the floor, and one penny signifying 10 burpees. One penny at a time, the pile on the floor started to diminish, and members sporadically started to drop and hit 10 burpees.

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THE FEW BECAME MANY WHEN 2/3 OF THE PARTY, IN ONE MASSIVE MOVEMENT, PUT DOWN THERE DRINKS, AND FOOD, GOT BEHIND THEIR COACHES, AND STARTED DOING BURPEES. FANCY SWEATERS AND DRESS SHIRTS HIT THE FLOOR REPEATING THE MOST HATED MOVEMENT EVER IN SUPPORT AND KNOCKED OUT ABOUT 300 BURPEES IN :30 SECONDS.

Not only did a group of people complete in :30 seconds what one individual would have taken 40 min, it was a sign of support.

EVERYONE KNOWS HOW MUCH BURPEES SUCK, BUT THE EMPATHY AND CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY OVERTOOK THE MISERY OF THE MOVEMENT. THIS GYM WASN’T WILLING TO LET A FEW SHOULDER THE WEIGHT OF A COMMUNITY AND SWOOPED IN WITH SUPPORT.

As the coaches gathered after the burpees were complete, and not one member had left the party, we all stared at each other in pain and in awe. The pain was because we just did a shitload of burpees. The awe we because our community cared enough about us, and supported us in our endeavor not only by donating, but also by partaking in our promise, in a big way.

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AND THAT MY FRIENDS, IS WHAT CROSSFIT IS ALL ABOUT.

THE POWER IN A COMMUNITY IS WHEN A FEW BECOME MANY, AND THEN THEY BECOME ONE.ONE.

BIG. FAMILY.