Second Wind CrossFit is owned by me and my wife, but it really belongs to our community of members. It’s hard to overestimate the value and significance of the spirit of friendship that makes up Second Wind. Sometimes it feels like we are a social club made of people who happen to work out. In fact, some of our members took it upon themselves to create T-shirts that say so.
In Foundations, I like to tell people that “nothing creates community like shared suffering.” There is something about pushing through a tough workout right next to someone who is doing the same thing and coming out the other end together. People come to Second Wind for the workout; they stay for their friends.
Besides the regular workouts we like to play together. Some of the ways in which we have bonded outside the Workout of the Day:
Open Gym on Friday nights in the summer become the Happy Hour of Power. We put the beer on ice and brats on the grill. The Fireball shot has made an occasional appearance. I disavow knowledge of any keg stands.
We kicked off the summer Memorial Day Weekend with rounds of Fran (a workout with thrusters and pull-ups) while a live band played in the gym! We closed the summer with a Karaoke Party on Labor Day weekend.
Besides getting together at the gym itself, our members also find time to express their fitness in the real world. In June, 16 of us took part in the Ragnar Trail Relay in West Virginia. Talk about shared suffering. A torrential rain storm on the first day made both camping and trail running in the dark an experience none of us are likely to forget. Or repeat.
It may sound cliche, but for so many of our members, Second Wind really is family.
“I came because I desperately wanted a gym closer to home and had been curious about Crossfit. I stayed because it’s much more fun to work out in a community of people who have fun while doing it. ” -Amanda
- "[Getting my first] pull up today meant so much to me because of the community and atmosphere you have created. Your encouragement and everyone's camaraderie makes all those reps worth it."~ Maureen S.
- If you're looking for a great workout, personable and knowledgeable trainers and a great workout in a short amount of time, this is the place to go.~ Yohance F.
- "The pacing and instruction in the Foundations course were on point. But for me, the X factor was the open invitation to learn—to try something out that I'd never done before and to join a community of people who were all rooting for me to succeed."~ Laura Varlas
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I really enjoy the atmosphere and the people I’ve met–even though crossfit is an individual “sport”, it really takes on a team atmosphere, and Second Wind is a great example of this. –Liz
Our Mission Statement
To build a stronger community by building stronger individuals through superior coaching, training, tools and resources.
CrossFit athletes around the world adhere to certain fitness standards, methodologies and philosophies. Yet each affiliate establishes its own culture based on ownership, coaches, location and – most importantly – its unique clientele. These are the core values of the culture of Second Wind CrossFit.
- Safety first. Fitness second.
- CrossFit HQ performance standards should be considered guidelines for well-trained athletes and goals for novices.
- All athletes at Second Wind are to be considered novice until they have demonstrated proficiency in complex Olympic lifts and virtuosity in the simpler moves.
- WODs that call for 5 or more consecutive repetitions of an Olympic lift should be set at a weight that allows the athlete to perform them unbroken. (see above)
- The athlete has ownership of her own workout…not the coach. If an athlete has demonstrated proficiency in a movement, coaches may suggest that he can probably handle an increase in weight/intensity, but the final choice lies with the athlete. Coaches may tell athletes directly that their chosen weight is too heavy.
- Coaches will get to know the athletes personally and understand their unique issues and limitations.
- Vomiting will neither be encouraged nor applauded.
- Coaches will use positive reinforcement to make athletes feel empowered and encouraged.