The Sum of Change.

Contributed by Coach Josh, EAD / CFAH Senior Performance Coach and Athlete 001.

What do the numbers 2, 3, 3, 2 represent?

I’d be willing to bet that you could guess and guess and still never come up with the answer I have in mind. But before I get into the meaning behind those particular numbers, I’d like to tell you a brief story. One that some have may heard, but others may not know.

Coach Josh in the very, very, very early days of EAD / CFAH.

I discovered and joined EAD / CFAH in mid-2008. I can remember my first workout like yesterday. We did Push Jerks in sets of five, and man, was my form terrible. From time to time Jim will post a picture on the EAD / CFAH website from that day and it always takes me back. It wasn’t long after that first workout that I realized just how special this “warehouse” in Arlington Heights was.

To fast forward the story a bit, in November of 2008 I drove to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. for my Level 1 CrossFit Certification. Shortly after returning, I began teaching classes at EAD / CFAH. That is where the numbers 2, 3, 3, 2 come into play — they represent the class sizes for three days in November 2008. This is not in ONE day mind you, but four classes over three days. How the times have changed.

It is surreal to think about where everything began. Over the course of the last couple weeks I have been reminded of my first days at EAD / CFAH over and over again. Many times during or after class I find myself talking with an athlete who has been here for the last three years and they say something along the lines of, “You remember when it was just four people in class?” Most recently, this took place at Friday morning 5:30 a.m. class. To be exact, it was 5:26 a.m. and there were 30-plus athletes either in the middle or getting ready to start class. The music was blasting, sweat was dripping, and the energy was flowing.

After the brief conversation with the athlete, I stood there by myself and thought of the early days and how far we have come. I wondered if this was what Coach Jim and Coach Karen had envisioned in the years prior. I wondered if all these athletes, some from the early days and some just starting out with EAD / CFAH, had been able to sense how special this “warehouse” is like I had back in 2008.

Since 2008 we have seen hundreds and hundreds of athletes come through the doors at EAD / CFAH. Most stayed. Some left due to work or family obligation. And many returned weeks or months later after they realized how much they missed the EAD / CFAH training experience. Whether the athlete continued to train at EAD / CFAH, or moved on, one thing holds true: each is forever bonded to the EAD / CFAH Community. From those classes of two and three, to the jam-packed classes of today, the results, memories, and moments of shared joy, accomplishment and life’s milestones are deeply ingrained within these warehouse walls.

The Community is one of the greatest things about EAD / CFAH, yet one of the hardest things to describe to anyone who has not experienced it. Whether the early days of two or three people in class, or the crazy energy of today’s capacity classes, it is the people who make EAD / CFAH a great place to train, develop friendships, and achieve so much. The only thing different now is we use A LOT more purple towels.

How Does it Add Up for You? Leave us a Comment to let us know what makes the EAD / CFAH training experience memorable, meaningful or more to you.

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  1. Josh, I remember those days. I remember two occasions where it was me one on one training with Jim. On one of those ocassions, I just laid down on the floor and said “no mas”. If that didn’t make him question what he was doing, you know his resolve to build a top flight community was unshakable. And you’re right, EAD just keeps getting better and better. And you’re a huge part of that.
    It’s the great community there; all the new people as well as the old folks (who are mostly now coaches) that makes it so inspiring for me. So much that this fat guy has never laid down and said “no mas” again.

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