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Reflections on Mirrors

[/caption] There are no mirrors in our gym because we don’t care what you look like. In fact, we don’t care how old you are, or whether you’re male or female. We don’t care what colour your skin is either. Or if you’re overweight or loaded with muscle. Or if you’re tall or short. Or blond. Or brunette. We treat everyone like an athlete, and there’s no profiling here. Traditional fitness facilities are loaded with mirrors. They’re everywhere. If you stand right in most facilities, you can see your rear delts and your pecs at the same time, or you can line yourself up with precision to surreptitiously check out the cutie around the corner. Very clever use of light and glass. But the mirrors don’t lift the weight, and they don’t help you fix your form. [caption id="attachment_1488" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Appearance doesn't matter. Effort does."][/caption] Try this: go stand in front of a mirror and go into the bottom of a deep squat. Look yourself in the eye. Then realize your neck is arched into a bad position. Then come to our gym and squat in front of a brick wall while we cheer you on. We all want to look good, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you look around the Internet, or our gym, you’ll find a lot of fit, athletic-looking CrossFitters. Fitness and a great diet indeed have fringe benefits, and we’d be ignorant to ignore them. But our gym isn’t about appearance. We’re about fitness, and if you improve your fitness, you’ll look better. Guaranteed. But perhaps it’s best not to focus on that. Ultimately, appearance is a subjective measure that says nothing about your fitness. Some of the most beautiful people in the world are very unhealthy, and many of them will tell you that being judged on appearance isn’t very fun or good for mental health. So we judge you on performance. Are you improving? Are you getting stronger? Are you getting faster? We write down what we lift and how fast we lifted it because that gives us a solid number that doesn’t lie. Two hundred pounds went up five times. Fran was under 5 minutes. You ran our loop around the block under 3 minutes. You beat a personal record. You got stronger. Or faster. Or both. You improved. No mirror will tell you that. We’re actually putting mirrors in the bathrooms very soon. But they’re not there for you to evaluate your appearance. They’re there so you can look yourself in the eye and ask one important question: Did you give your very best effort in the workout?

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