James Hobart from CrossFit New England and Patrick Cummings from Again Faster came down this past friday to visit Steve's Club. James spent a good 20 minutes getting to know the kids at first....talking to them on a very personal level...asking them a bunch of questions about their interests and how CrossFit has helped them with life and school. It was obvious the kids were very receptive and curious to hear what James had to say. He offered a lot of good advice, including some recovery tips (sleep A LOT!) and emphasis the importance of staying in school and find out what you love to do. He asked if any of them had interest in becoming a fitness trainer and few hands went up with excitement.
Then we broke the class down into 2 groups. James coached one group and I coached the other before starting the clock for a team throwdown. The workout was 5 DB Snatches each arm and 25 air squats for 5 rounds. Team with the lowest total time wins.
3,2,1 GO! It was a great workout and the kids had a blast.
More important than being a great CrossFit athlete, James is a great guy. He was very excited to come down and spend time with the kids. On the way to picking up and dropping off the kids, we talked a bit about giving back and sharing our talents with others. It was a very evident from our brief conversation that James deeply cared about others and wasn't just another one of those great athletes that only cared about themselves (and they're are plenty of those type out there...just take a look at professional sports!). Instead of going on and on about his accomplishments, he only talked about ways the kids could all better themselves.
His down to earth and humble personality was super refreshing...
And the leads me to this:
No one really cares how fast you can do Fran or how much you can deadlift.
What matters is how you treat other people and the mark you leave in this world.
Thanks James for leaving a mark at Steve's Club.