Wow!! Can you believe we’re about to hit the last month of 2017? It’s almost surreal to think that another year is drawing to a close. It’s generally the time of year when, although we kind of expect things to start slowing down, pretty much the exact opposite happens. These past few weeks have been hectic for just about everyone – with end of school exams, celebrations aplenty and preparing for Christmas occupying all of our time.
It’s also a time when people start to reflect on the past year, over events which have had positive and negative outcomes and whether or not they’ve achieved what they set out to do back when 2017 was fresh.
We’ve also been reflecting on our year at CrossFit 4504 and re-checking our list of resolutions. Our focus for 2017 was to provide a space and premium facility, where current and prospective members who wanted more from a CrossFit box than just grunting their way through a WOD, could grow and thrive. We still wanted the grunting, but we wanted members who would maintain intergrity throughout all WODs and hold themselves accountable for their movement standards. We also wanted members who were prepared to trust the expertise of our coaches and our programming. Most importantly, we were looking for members who were supportive and accepting of everyone without discrimination, and embraced our community as their own.
We also desired to create a fun team atmosphere within the box without division. The CrossFit Open was so much fun for our crew this year, with teams competing for points not only for completing the Open workouts, but also cheering, themed dress ups and promotional fun. Our annual In-house Throwdown was also contested in a team atmosphere instead of our usual individual competition. This saw 3 awesome WODs written by our coaches and an all inclusive close competition which was eventually won by Liv, Nikki, Ryan and Marie.
The artwork on our wall is new and has really helped to reinforce to our members what CrossFit really means to us at CrossFit 4504. Reminders to ‘Be Excellent; Be Positive; Be Uncommon and Be True to Yourself’ are there for our members to see before, during and after they WOD and lets them know that they are extraordinary and their achievements are celebrated by all of our members. The handprints of our members on the wall have helped to solidify to everyone that we are all in this together as a community.
At CrossFit 4504 we we also always looking to improve the facilities provided to our members in 2017. The installation of our members lounge has become a comfortable place for our members to gather before or after a WOD to catch up. Airconditioned, with free, freshly brewed coffee and a fridge stocked with cold drinks, the area provides a chill zone complete with couch, rug and mobility gear. The members lounge was a gift to the members from CrossFit 4504, and we’re so happy that it’s being used.
We’ve also updated our equipment this year with RX Smart Gear speed ropes, plates, sandbags and a brand new Olympia Barbell Co barbell, the first of many to upgrade our current stock. These are welcome additions to the rest of our torture equi…sorry, the rest of our awesome equipment range. We work hard to listen to the suggestions of our members by conducting regular member surveys and while suggestions like less wallballs in a WOD won’t really be considered, requests for better facilities, equipment and class schedules are.
For us though material items aren’t our first priority. Our priority is and always will be the member experience. We want our classes to be the BEST hour of your day, a time for you to come and just forget about the daily grind, hang with fantastic people, feel supported by educated caring coaches and most of all HAVE FUN!! We achieve this by ensuring our coaches are always learning and developing their skills. Head Coach Lisa this year added the AWF L1 certification to her kit and also became a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, and now she is studying to achieve the Level 3. We go out of our way to make classes relaxed and fun while ensuring you are still safe and have a great workout, and get those results you’re seeking. We recently wrote about how we incorporate Gratitude into our classes, check it out here.
Whilst we feel like we’ve worked through quite a few of our 2017 resolutions, of course, like most people, there are things on our list that we are still working towards – like installing shower facilites and adding some locker space. These have already been added to 2018’s goals for the box. We also want to ensure our members feel comfortable in expressing both what they love about CrossFit 4504 or any concerns they have in the coming year and we’re working on procedures for the best way to put our Member Experience program in place.
Excitedly, we’re already planning on what we’d like to achieve in 2018. Each year is a major learning curve for us as well as our members. They all have fitness goals and wellbeing goals which they would like to smash over the next 12 months and we intend to be with them every step of the way.
So, how did your goals stack up in 2017? Did the year live up to your expectations or do you feel a need to reassess your goals?
If your goals for next year included trying something new, becoming fitter or building both physical and mental strength, we’d love you to try it here at CrossFit 4504. Start now if you like and get the ball rolling – we’re open every day except Dec 24, 25, 26 and January 1 over the Christmas/New Year period and we can help you with your plans to smash 2018 and make it a fantastic year!