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The Power of Community: CrossFit and the Force of Human Connection Paperback – March 20, 2012
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"...Allison reminds us that in our digitally overconnected world, we are often lonely; the book shows the remarkable effect of how sweating together, sharing challenges and goals, leads to real connection and personal growth. A remarkable and inspiring story!!"
John J. Ratey, MD, Harvard Medical School
"..A roadmap for anyone interested in understanding why we have to create opportunities for people to matter to each other. The wonder of these pages doesn't just show us why we need to understand and care about what makes communities work, it definitively answers the question of why we can't afford not to."
Kelly Starrett DPT, SFCrossFit
"The Power of Community is a must read to help us understand what it means to be part of something that is bigger than all of us."
Mike Burgener, Captain USMCR, Retired; Senior International Weightlifting Coach CSCS; Head Coach CrossFit Olympic Lifting
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The book is fine in that sense. But, I was hoping to gain some insight on how different boxes are run and how they can encourage and build this human bond and closeness.
When I first joined Crossfit I had the impression that different backgrounds, age groups and interest were not so much in the forefront, but instead the ties were made through the time spent in the box doing the WOD. I've realized that it's the common things that the participants have outside of the gym that have spending that time with each other. I read this book to see what I could bring back to my box and perhaps make a change in the way people's approach to each other are and maybe start making these ties.
I regretfully say that because the books focus of community was all over the board I did not get the information that I was looking for.
A fine read, but just not what I person who is looking for community building concepts that centralize around the Crossfit realm is going to walk away from satisfied.
I am giving it three stars because I purchased this book partially based on the star review. I don't believe it is worthy of five stars so I'm attempting to balance out the overall average review rating.
Over the years, I've lived in apartment buildings that have gyms for our free use. It's amazing how easy it is not to go. It's amazing how many of us hire trainers as much to "encourage" us to show up as to teach and push.
Of course, mine is just the threshold thought.
Dr. Belger's very easy to read book is a wake up call for all of us. She not only tells us the what and why but points the way to a successful solution..........read her book, it's a start.
The author, who is a crossfitter and a psychologist hits the nail right on the head about the power of the shared experience of crossfitters and the community that develops.
I know in the 20 months I have been crossfitting, in addition to losing over 30lbs, I have met people from all walks of life and become great friends through our connection of making it through the workout of the day. The book gives examples of people helping themselves and each other and the connection to crossfit.
For people who don't know crossfit, they will find out from this book that not only will it get you in shape, but more importantly you form great connections and that people will be there for you and you will be there for them.
Maybe I am biased, maybe I have drank too much of the crossfit coconut water (kool-aid has too much sugar) but I really got a lot out of this book as I see it everyday.
I was also very inspired to learn about the owner/trainer at the box I goto in AZ and how crossfit helped turn his life around.
This is a great book and accurate.
Author Dr. Allison Wenglin Belger tells a detailed story of her journey from school to marriage to co-owning multiple CrossFit affiliates. While the read is entertaining and I enjoyed it, it's a story that most CrossFitter's have heard over and over again. An inspiring tale of an average person stumbling upon the world of CrossFit, all the while conquering the extraordinary circumstances surrounding their life. By no means am I trying to play down the Belger family's story because the hardships they overcome to get to the point they have are quite impressive. Equally interesting is the bond and camaraderie that is created through the simple actions of group exercise. As a society I think we search for acceptance among our peers and the book explains how CrossFit provides the opportunity for people with common interests to become part of a unique community. The love and support shown to Dr. Belger and her husband throughout their CrossFit journey is inspirational and very moving. I definitely recommend this book to someone unfamiliar to CrossFit and think even the most veteran CrossFitter would find it a wonderful story and make you feel good knowing that CrossFit truly makes a difference in so many people's lives.