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Once more in to the fray / Live and die on this day


Snatch Grip Deadlift: Build to heavy double

MetCon – 5 RFT:
10 Med Ball Cleans (20/14lbs)
10 Burpees

Finisher: 1 min front and both sides plank

Tonight at the 6:30 class I led a fundamentals class with six people.  This was all while Mark was leading the regular class with almost twenty people.  All of these people filed in after our typical large 5:30PM class.  It was really neat to see, and it made me think how six people would have been an outrageously large evening class back in the early days of 1.0 on Papermill.

<Paragraph removed due to the inexplicable analogy I was trying to weave between a time machine, Foxconn, worker’s rights, and globalization.  You’re welcome>

My moment of nostalgia was soon over when I realized I had six brand new people staring at me waiting for instruction.  But it was still a lot to take in all at once.  The six person beginner’s class had me thinking, “Yes, we can actually afford those Death Days t-shirts now!”  The 6:30PM class had me thinking, “Imagine if we had not made the move to 3.0 yet!”  Fast times at CrossFit Ktown.

It warms my heart that we continue to grow.  But what has me even more excited is the depth chart of great people we have at Ktown.  We are all the time adding quality to the team.  We have definitely lost some All-Time Great Ktowners over the years, but the overall je ne sais quoi continues to build and take on newer, greater forms.

I do have this fear though.  It has played out in a couple of my reoccurring nightmares where members start setting up in cliques.  It isn’t quite West Side Story only because we do not have a strong Riff character; who would play Anita, Fran Hahn?  Neither is it high school-esque cliques.  We are all jocknerds with a dash of prep – I would like to take this moment to introduce the button downs and blouses we are rolling out this Fall with the “More than a wardrobe” trademark across the back.

No, the cliques are based around sign-up date.  You have your originals/OGs.  I like to call these the Index Cases.  They began the epidemic.  Then there were the early-adopters of late 2009.  The fever spread throughout 2010 as we moved from 1.0 to 2.0 on Morris Ave.  There was some turnover during the move.  Inside joke between the coaches called it the Permian-Triassic extinction event.  Nevertheless, the salves and creams couldn’t stop the itch, and more and more people joined while at 2.0.  If you joined during 2.0, you put yourself in one of two categories: before the Infinity Rig and subsequent blood-letting incident or after.

And now we come to 3.0 and the Cambrian explosion-like growth we are currently experiencing.  This is where my prescient nightmare could really be played out.  We are in a cavernous 7,000+ square feet of rubber mats and wooden platforms.  It is very easy for people to hide out all through class and not speak to anyone.  It is also easy to forget you are in a class of 20+ people because you only interact with two or three other people.  Do not fall prey to such tragedy.  I charge you to seek out the new face, interact with someone outside of your squat weight, and be an energy multiplier more than half the time you walk in the door.

I know I cannot ask you to do this every time you are at Ktown.  Those are the coach’s jobs, right?  Well, yes, but as we continue to flourish those trusts are placed more and more on the populace of Ktown.  The personality and atmosphere of the gym is less and less coach-led and more and more athlete-controlled.  I trust you all will persist in leading us in the right direction.

Now quit talking about signing up and go actually register for Oktoberfest!
Coach G

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:29+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|7 Comments


  1. Coach CBo October 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Great post – and all points well stated.

  2. Ben October 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Loud and clear. I am probably one of the biggest offenders. I may not be an OG but I am a 1.0er and I have made some really amazing friendships since. I truly enjoy leaving my blood, sweat, and…sweat on the mats with these folks, and catching up with what’s going on in our non-KTown lives. That being said, I want a place that continues to build on the bonds we create, because once the legs quite, the lungs burn, and the shoulders give out, it’s our community that keeps us strong.

  3. L Shizzle October 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I’m so social it hurts. I will try to be more like Diva. lol

  4. Diva October 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Love the post…and I guarantee that I adore talking to new people more than I love to workout, but you know I have a love for a good workout every once in a while. For the right price…you can hire me to be the k-town full time greeter :)

  5. Geri October 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    L — I absolutely adore your social personality!!!!

  6. G8rDave October 3, 2012 at 1:30 am

    My intended reply got , like way long. So I’ll just say I was totally freaked out by the OG at 1.0 when I walked in to Fundamentals back in the day. People walking over, often immediately post-WOD, and sticking out a sweaty hand to say “Hi!”, made me forget about being nervous.


  7. Geri October 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Dave – I can’t even imagine you being nervous. Enjoy seeing you every now and then. Appreciate your positive supports during Metcons.

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