This post is first in a series where we would like to address some common “myths” or misconceptions about CrossFit. If you have any you would like us to address, please comment below!
By definition, CrossFit is a results-driven exercise program that is broad, general and inclusive. To prove CrossFit Myth #1 is NOT reality, let’s look at the word “inclusive” a bit more. CrossFit is inclusive because it is accessible to everyone no matter what their fitness level. As the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman said, “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind.” This basically means that everything we do can be adjusted and scaled appropriately no matter what your fitness level. For example, a competitive CrossFitter can easily complete 50+ box jumps on a 26 inch box. A newcomer, someone in their mid 50’s or even someone with a history of back problems could scale this very movement to 16 inch step ups and even do less repetitions. Scaling can be adjusted and tweaked overtime, but individuals will still see similar results.
Therefore, even though you may think “let me try to get in shape first before I come try a workout.” Come anyway. Being in shape first DOES NOT MATTER, everyone can start CrossFit no matter their age or fitness level. At CrossFit 727 we strive to create an inclusive community so that everyone feels welcome. This type of community is what makes us love CrossFit more than anything else. As the renowned CrossFit competitive athlete Chris Spealler recently said when reflecting on the 2013 CrossFit Games Open, “Remember, CrossFit is not the Games. The community of people that throw down every day is CrossFit… Soccer mom to elite athlete, we make up the community. The overwhelming majority of the community may never walk on the Games stadium floor but will have far more impact on their local community and possibly even farther by their daily efforts in the gym. THAT is CrossFit.”
In short, come one and come all! Everyone will get a great workout in and have fun doing it! We promise!
When we set out to start up what is now CrossFit 727, we thought the affiliate name was going to be
the easiest part of our whole venture. We had done a few Google searches and couldn’t find anyone
with the name “CrossFit Fidelis.” With Ryan’s Marine background and our “faithfulness” to CrossFit, we
thought it was perfect! We had great plans for an eagle mural in the box itself and really wanted one
the logo, to go with the Marines theme and all. We even thought up a perfect tagline. We submitted the
application for the affiliation and thought we were good to go.
A few weeks later the good…and bad news came. Affiliation – approved. Affiliation name – rejected
(already taken). How could someone take our perfect name? Why couldn’t we find them through
Google? Doesn’t Google find everything? UGH! We were both distraught…back to the drawing board.
This was the beginning of a LONG couple weeks. After submitting AT LEAST twenty (…that’s right 20)
names and all of them being rejected for various reasons, we were beginning to lose hope. Some
Way back when we submitted our first list we considered “CrossFit 727.” Is it too generic? Does it have
any special meaning to us? After being rejected so many times, we thought…why not. CrossFit 727 –
submitted! Please be approved, please be approved! Well, the rest is history!
After the dust settled, we talked with our designer about some logo ideas. We wanted a logo that was
sleek, sophisticated and modern…something that would work with the vibe in downtown St. Petersburg,
since by this time we had already found our location. He knew about the eagle idea from our first name
and thought it could also work for “CrossFit 727.” Boy, was he right. Ryan was pumped…he got his eagle!
As we marveled at our new logo and thought back on the whole experience we said, “Why didn’t we just
submit this name in the first place? We were totally over thinking everything. THIS is the perfect name
for us.” You may be thinking, “why the change of heart?” Well…
727 represents the city of St. Petersburg, since it is the city’s area code. St. Petersburg is the city where we
turned our lives around. The city where we discovered CrossFit. The city where we got married. The
city where we bought our first house. The city where we have made the most dearest friends (though
some have since moved to Denver…not mentioning any names or anything). The city where we started
building our healthy lives through CrossFit. The city where now we hope to change peoples’ lives.
Strength and fitness through community. CrossFit 727.