- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Original ed. edition (March 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936608731
- ISBN-13: 978-1936608737
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
In "The Power of Community, CrossFit and the Force of Human Connection", I found the author's message to be refreshing and very timely- supportive of my belief that human connection and community involvement are vital and meaningful, especially now in our hi-tech world. Dr. Belger supports her thesis with her doctoral research and her professional and personal experiences. Kudos to her for demonstrating in creative new ways, through compelling, inspiring and touching life stories, the power of community in general and specifically in CrossFit -showing us the force and benefit of human connections, which are important life lessons for all of us ....and she does it in a very well- written and accessible book.