Hello again!

Well COCF it’s been a LOOOONG time since I’ve put my thoughts out there.  To be honest I’ve missed it.  We are going to reintroduce our blog and hope we can let you know our thoughts on the gym, the community, nutrition, and anything else we think is important or you would enjoy.  Right now for me everything is about the community.

I am amazed at what has happened over the last 4 1/2 years.  From a few people trying some crazy new program to 2 thriving gyms.  There has been a lot of sweat, a lot of tears, and definitely some blood, and while I’m proud of all the things you guys have accomplished what I’m most proud of is the way you have bonded together.  COCF is not a gym, it’s a community.  A community built on the foundation of being just a little better than you were yesterday.  Built on the belief that the person next to me wants what is best for me and for everyone else in the gym.  Built on knowing that while someone else may beat me on the WOD, they’ll also be the one cheering me on to help me finish.  Built on the understanding that some days you have it and some days you won’t, but that doesn’t mean you don’t show up.  It doesn’t mean you quit. It means you come anyway and you push aside all the outside negative shit and you get in and get the work done.  Sometimes you are happy with what you did when you leave, and sometimes you think you could’ve done better, but each time you know the person standing next to you was there for you, good or bad.  People come in and out of your life, some for a long time some for a short time, but for me, all I want to do is impact each one of you in a positive way.  Whether you come and stay for the rest of your life or you make it to one class.  Each one of you is important and each one of you has had some impact on me, even if you didn’t know it.  This community has forever changed me in a positive way.

It’s likely that very few of you know that I suffer from a mental illness (well some of you thought you did).  From 2006 until 2016 I was on some form of medication.  I wish I had a good reason why I needed it.  I had a great family, a home, a job, food, friends, you name it, but it wasn’t something I had control over.  After quitting my other job and working in the gym full time for several months I decided I wanted to be off of medication.  So I talked to my doctor and we slowly eliminated it from my system.  After the first few months readjusting, I know that I couldn’t have done it without you.  The gym and you guys were my solace.  The place it was ok to be me, even when being me wasn’t very pleasant.  You guys still showed up, you still supported me, told me how much you loved what I loved.  I hope all of you know how important you are to me and to the community you have helped build.  Life isn’t always easy, but having all of you sure makes the bad times a little easier to deal with.  Thank you for being a part of my family and thank you for being a part of my life.

Kyle