Clad in a sequined beret, a spaghetti-strap tank top, compression shorts and a pink boa, one member of CrossFit New Haven says you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously.
During the box’s October Barbells for Boobs event, the bearded man decided to “dress it up, booty short it up” all in pink.
“Too many competitions, too much seriousness—gotta bring it back to basics,” he says with a smile.
More than 100 people last year registered for the affiliate’s two-hour event, and co-owner Eric O’Brien says charity is important to the people at the box.
“Our members really get behind causes,” he says. “It’s just great the energy around—guys struggling, RXing it for the first time.”
And the encouragement is constant—regardless of whether the person finishes first or last.
“That’s the spirit of CrossFit—that’s what it’s all about,” O’Brien says.
Having worked for a nonprofit for many years, another member says the kind of energy at CrossFit New Haven is difficult to find elsewhere.
“When you have people who care so much about each other ,” she starts. “If one person in this gym is sick, we all feel that and we all rally and do anything we can to support them.”
Additional reading: CrossFit—and My 10-Year-Old—Helped Me Beat Leukemia by Rick Reifenberg, published Dec. 19, 2011.