I love hearing how people found CrossFit.
Honestly, it’s how I start nearly every interview for a story or a podcast. I just like to hear my source’s story. How did he or she find out about CrossFit? Being owners, I talk to a lot of OG’s who were there when Greg Glassman was running the L1. They’ve seen a lot of change in the industry, and they’ve learned a lot along the way.
Zach Forrest is no different. When I first chatted with him over the phone in 2016 – as Max Effort Fitness was appearing on the cover in November/December of that year – I asked him that question. He shared about Dave Castro leading his SEAL training and getting them all to attend a weekend CrossFit training. It’s mind-blowing to hear where the industry has come from. And it’s definitely crazy to think about where it’s going.
Since I started with Box Pro four years ago, so much has changed. The idea of the garage gym is gone. Cleanliness and aesthetics have taken a new precedence. Affiliation vs. un-affiliation is a topic of discussion. CrossFit gyms are expanding their offerings. You now have more and more of the general population doing a fitness regimen that has changed so many of our lives.
So, when I sat back and re-listened to the interview with Forrest for the latest Box Talk episode, I couldn’t help but reflect on everything that’s changed. Even with Box Pro going fully digital.
And being who I am, it’s hard not to see that change is bad. Once I get in a routine, I like it. Habits create success. When something has to change, I question if it’s better and if it will be as beneficial. But, as CrossFit gyms are reaching more people to this day – and thus, making a positive impact on health – I can’t help but think all this change has been for the better.
Check out the latest podcast with Forrest and listen as he throws it back. But, I also challenge you to think on what has changed, what is changing and what will continue to change. It can’t hurt to think about.