Our Ox Box Community
The community at The Ox Box provides support. It can be the first smile you see in the morning, it can be the honest interaction with a coach that you needed to breakthrough your own self imposed barriers, it can be encouragement of others as you finish off that last rep of a workout.
The sense of community at The Ox Box is unique; and something we are always very proud of. Within our studio walls, we strive to know one another, help each other with technique, compare workout results, and discuss nutrition to name a few topics.
This doesn’t happen in often regular gyms, generally no one speaks to one another except to occasional ask “are you using this?” In a traditional gym, if you carry out a 2k row with 20 air squats EMOM, you would get a lot of funny looks as you jump on and off the rower. Especially when you collapse to the floor afterwards trying to gulp in air for 5 minutes after you complete your workout!
At The Ox Box you know names, life stories … you know the people, they are your friends. In our studio we have a group of people who support each-other in achieving the best versions of themselves and coaches who help guide us there when we struggle to see it ourselves. In a world so brought together by gossip and bringing people down, here we strive to have a community that lift each-other up.
Our Oxen stay behind after they have finished their workout to chat, stretch and comment you on your performance and effort you pushed in your workout. The studio is full of like-minded people who understand that to achieve results you need to be uncomfortable.
When we’re tired and are struggling to complete a workout we begin to doubt our ability to finish, or even turn up sometimes, it is this community that help us hold ourselves accountable to our goals, even when we struggle to see them. This community provides motivation to turn up tomorrow even when the discipline of doing so has started to fade.
You are no longer going to train at the gym, you are going to train with a group of like minded individuals who want nothing more for you to achieve your goals, why you ask? Because you want the same for them.
The support of the CrossFit community even affects us physiologically, training in small groups create a greater release of endorphins than when working out alone, even when the same amount of work was done.
We can scream and grunt as we lift heavy weights, we can fall to the floor in a sweaty heap after using the rower, we can cry with frustration, even laugh at disasters. This is a special environment filled with incredible people who think it’s ok. We can be vulnerable without fear of judgement. We can try, fail and be respected for our efforts.
This sense of community, sometimes known as a ‘cult’ outside of the box, is one of the special features of CrossFit. Working out within our CrossFit community makes us feel good and encourages us to push ourselves to new limits that we didn’t think were possible. It is a special thing that we can develop further by welcoming new members and making them feel that they accepted as part of that family.
Thank you for being a part of ours.