Atmosphere and culture in training

January 25, 2016

One of the most important factors in a training facility is the environment and culture. Atmosphere and energy is everything! I have travelled all around the country and have been blessed enough to train at some of the best facilities around. One thing that separates great gyms from the mediocre and sometimes bad ones is not how much equipment they have. It is not how big the building is or even location. It’s the atmosphere and culture involved.

 Atmosphere is created first off by the coaches. Sometimes the difference in good and great coaching is the atmosphere that they create.  Coaches generally set the pace and mood for the day. But that’s not enough, it takes another special ingredient. What really makes the atmosphere legit? It is the people! That’s right it’s all YOU! You can have the best equipment around and 12,000 square foot of beautiful building but it’s not enough. Put a few bad attitudes or a couple negative people in that place and it is like having a cancer grow. No one will survive or grow.  Now take a 1,200 square foot facility with some of the most motivated people and coaches around and you will get a legendary gym. I have witnessed both. We are blessed to have a community of hard working and positive athletes from all ages and walks of life. The “American ideology” is almost dead in America. We no longer truly get along with all races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations. What we do while training in a great place is much different. Here we have one thing in common….a barbell!  It’s just that long piece of steel that doesn’t judge or give anyone any slack. No judgments just embracing the daily suck together no matter what our outside differences are.  Yes we have a great facility and nice equipment. What really makes this great training environment is you motivated, barbell slamming, awesome people!

  It’s not only the atmosphere that makes a gym it’s the culture. The culture is what the facility is about. I have been to a lot of gyms and cultures are very different anywhere you go. The culture is generally set by the coach or gym owner. There are globo gyms with a culture of your on your own. Some cultures forbid heavy weight or loud noise. Some gyms have a culture built on just CrossFit or just bodybuilding.  So what are we about? We are about the barbell culture! It is no secret we are a strength oriented facility that focuses on the importance of getting people strong. We have built a culture around a piece of steel that never lies….. The barbell. Why is strength important to us? Everyone is only limited by what they are not strong enough to accomplish at that time. That may describe many types of strength. It doesn’t matter if its mental strength lacking to step out in life or physical strength to snatch a weight or do a pull up. We must get stronger!  We also have a culture of diversity while keeping the community aspect intact. What does that mean? It means this is a place to train any capacity of fitness. We also foster and strive to keep a Faith filled culture where anyone can grow spiritually as well. Without spiritual and mental growth the rest is meaningless. Faith, fitness, family and the immovable desire to improve is who we are!  We all love CrossFit and it is one of our main staples of training. However there are many people who love to train that CrossFit just isn’t their thing. Well that’s where we shine! We are also a facility that provides some of the best programing and training in the country for weightlifting, powerlifting, sport specific strength and conditioning, even bodybuilding if that’s your thing. Any athlete willing to put in real work will grow and prosper here. We have been blessed to be a Mash Mafia barbell affiliate and get to work closely with one of the world’s top coaches. We chose that path along with CrossFit affiliation because of the same training beliefs and culture. This also provides an avenue for people to train that isn’t offered at many places.  Even fewer that can keep a group so diverse in training methods treating each other like family. This is what we call the barbell life as Travis would put it.  Thank you all for helping create and grow such an amazing culture and atmosphere!

BJ Cauley

 

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