There are two important facts that I’ve been thinking about lately.
1. The very act of observing something changes the behavior of that something. Observation by itself influences behavior.
I’ve been thinking about these in light of my own health/fitness goals. I’ve been doing CrossFit at home for the past year, but it just hasn’t been the same as when I went to the CrossFit gym and did the classes. CrossFit is an interesting phenomenom, in that the “group culture” of CrossFit is almost as important as the physiology of it. CrossFit gyms have popped up all over the country over the past 4-8 years, and strong social networks have emerged around these barebones gyms. CrossFit isn’t just about working the intense routines, it’s also about doing it with others, so that every workout is a peer challenge.
So… tomorrow morning I am going back to the world of gyms. I’m going to try a new gym that does CrossFit classes early weekday mornings – they have a 5:00 am class and a 6:00 am class. This gym is only 8 minutes away from our house, so I can’t complain about the inconvenience.
Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow.