Here at CrossFit 416, we want to know your why, your drive and your passion. We want to hear your voice and learn more about your journey and goals. After this years Open, we looked to our members to showcase their story. That story is their CrossFit journey, their challenges, successes and experiences. Over the next little while, we will be sharing a Member Story every week. Your voices will be heard loud and clear! Our first Member Story is Mohit’s. We asked him a series of questions about this years Open, his journey and community. Here’s what he had to say:
“For me, the Open is a chance to see, feel and be a part of the whole crossfit community, cheering and pushing friends and strangers to keep going. It also gives you a chance to see how you measure up against others and how you can improve. This is my second open but might as well be the first one.
Last year at Reebok Crossfit Gurgaon, the feelings from my newness to Crossfit and my first open made it more of a measuring stick vs. others in my box. This year, coming back from an injury in an absolutely new demographic at Crossfit 416, I took part in the Open to see where I stand against myself vs. last year and after this injury. The feeling about both the opens was essentially the absolute joy of being part of a community and seeing people come together. As someone relatively new to CrossFit, I feel fortunate that in the Open I learnt things about not only my physical weaknesses but also my mental strength.
The Open was never about the numbers for me. So my biggest win was not a PR, it was the surprise that when I reached my mental and physical brick wall, I unknowingly broke through it every time. Mind over body indeed.
It felt great to be able to do this and I could not have done any of it if it wasn’t for the people around me, especially coaches DK, Robyn and Dana.
Now that the Open is over, my goals are no longer numeric in nature. I simply want to get back to being regular (5 days a week) at CrossFit, manage my nutrition strictly, work on form primarily and see relative improvement in my work-capacity.
In my 30 years of existence, I have never been able to stick to anything fitness related for more than a few weeks in a year, and that would be in a good year. CrossFit has changed me as a person in every way I can think of.
To me, CrossFit is the joy after completing a workout (even though you died at least once), it is the surprise of being able to do the thing you never thought you could (mentally and physically), it is the happiness of meeting new people and, probably most importantly, it is the delight of being with your friends, suffering together, all because we love CrossFit.
I still cannot believe that I enjoy CrossFit so much that on my birthday I was working out at CF416 with my buddies (coaches and athletes). I am completely addicted!
The community means everything to me too. Gone are the days when to me CrossFit was all about fitness. I chose 416 only because I felt that it has a great community. I checked other boxes and they had their own community too, but CF416 felt just right. And as it turns out, I was right 🙂
Even though I have been coming to the gym for a short time, the community is the one that made me feel at home. Meeting new people from all walks of life, making friends with someone who would’ve never crossed your path otherwise, and pushing or getting pushed to become better, do better and strive harder. The people at 416 have given a lot for me to look forward to for the coming months/years.
The coaches at 416, who I now feel fortunate to count as my friends, understand my weaknesses and continue to help me become a stronger and better crossfitter. All the coaches and staff have played a big role in making me feel comfortable in a new box in a new country. Again, DK, Robyn and Dana have been unbelievably supportive and understanding. It was the initial contact with them and the pushes they kept giving me that made me feel confident again despite the circumstances.
It is because of the coaches and community of 416 that I feel I confident enough to do movements I never thought I could, continue to surprise myself in majority of the workouts, prioritize my nutrition, but most importantly, to understand that I must keep trying and learning every day without looking at what others are doing. Why? Because everyone has their own fitness journey and I compete only against myself.”