The Beauty of My Open Fail

Failure is just another opportunity!It was probably for the best that I was watching the 15.2 announcement alone.

Snow had come in droves the night before and my Box had closed. So, I sat on my couch, live streaming the Open reveal.

However, I could have been watching a horror movie and it probably would have invoked the same reaction.

Overhead squats and pull-ups. Dave Castro had to be kidding. But once Emily Bridgers and Michele Letendre started, I knew there was no turning back. 15.2 combined two of my biggest weaknesses. Two things I really hate, mostly because I suck at them. And the scaled version of the workout wasn’t any easier! I knew right then and there I would get through the first round of overhead squats and be unable to progress because of my nonexistent pull-up ability.

Sure enough, when Saturday rolled around, that’s just what happened.

But, I have to applaud my Box on this one. While I didn’t get my first pull-up that day, a lot of other members did, and boy was there some celebration for each person that got one! Plus, we were encouraged to still come out, to fight for every rep, to cheer one another on. We were still a part of the team even if we couldn’t get our chin over the bar.

Yes, it was frustrating, but that feeling was overwhelmed by seeing others succeed. One of my Coaches got 87 more reps this year than she did in 14.2. One of my friends got her first pull-up. The Affiliate knocked out several rounds while we all screamed at the top of our lungs for him to move faster.

So, even though I pretty much bombed that WOD, I felt OK. It has made me take a look at my weaknesses and begin to analyze what to do to fix them. It made me realize what an awesome community and support system we have. It was eye-opening and humbling all at the same time.

While I know a lot of this was an inward growth and battle, my Box played a huge role in it. How are you encouraging your members? How are you celebrating even their smallest success? How are you making them feel involved and part of the team?

The Open, as I talked about last week, is a test of fitness. Maybe it should also be a test for you as an Affiliate: Are you passing or failing when it comes to your members and their experience at your gym?

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at