Why Affiliates do What They do, From an Intern


Any successful Affiliate you talk to, any successful Coach for that matter, will tell you to never stop learning.

Growing is essential in this business, and I’ve learned that you need to seek out those opportunities sometimes.

So, that’s what I did. And now, I’m an intern at my Affiliate.

The thing is, when I started CrossFit two years ago, I had no idea it would change my life as much as it has. Sure, I knew it would help me in my ambitions to propel Box Pro forward. I knew it wouldn’t hurt to be able to tell my sources that yes, I in fact do CrossFit. I got what an EMOM, AMRAP and squatting to parallel meant. But I had no idea it would change my life so drastically and that one day I’m become an intern.

The thing is, I’ve begun to desire to teach others what I’ve learned. Every now and then, I’ve found myself giving out a tip or showing how I do something. Recently, I had another member come to me and demonstrate his kipping pull-up, a movement he didn’t have a month before, but was able to attain, partly because of something I said.

In that moment, I realized coaching was something I wanted to pursue. I want to understand more of the whys behind these movements in order to better help my friends and family live higher quality lives. Since I love this fitness regimen so much, I want to share it efficiently and effectively with a high regard to movement quality. So, I sat down with my Affiliate and now I’m an intern at my Box.

It was also in that moment when I at last grasped a reason why Affiliates do what they do. I can count dozens who’ve told me owning a Box is not easy. Heck, half of them say it’s not even profitable. It’s a daily struggle because owning any business is hard. But 99 percent of the Affiliates I know and have relationships with love what they do. They want to share something that has impacted their lives in such a positive way, and by giving people a place to come, to be coached in CrossFit, is fulfilling that passion.

That was what I tasted when I helped the athlete get his pull-up, even if it was in a small way. I mean, he had tons of other coaching and practice, but the fact he wanted to show me his accomplishment was incredible. It was in that single moment I finally got why you, Affiliate, do what you do — it’s because you deeply, sincerely love helping people live the quality of life they deserve.

If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to pursue your passions. You have them for a reason. So hats off to you, Affiliate, for your love and passion. It’s noted, appreciated and something that I truly believe is changing the world.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.