Friends, Athletes, CrossFitters, lend me your ears. I mean beers. No wait….actually, let make it a shot at the happy hour this Saturday night at Gill St (sorry Kathryn…).
In all seriousness, though, I want to truly thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for an amazing last 7 years as an owner of CFBN and The Athlete Factory. I’ve had tons of great experiences, and made a ton of close friendships that I value greatly and will carry with me for the rest of my life. We’ve had thousands of amazing people come through our doors over the years, and without you all, Chad and I would probably still be sitting in the office on Gill St. watching chicks in spandex workout on YouTube (sorry Kathryn…).
To all the members we’ve had over the years: thank you. You all are the life blood of our business. Without you taking a chance on a couple of young whippersnappers, there’s no way we could’ve grown into the juggernaut that we are today.
To those of you who’ve been with us since the Gill St. days: We appreciate you more than you know. It’s your steady business and commitment to fitness over the last 7 years that has allowed us to grow and expand our business by bringing on talented new coaches and adding programs. Without your long term consistency, we never could’ve grown the way we have.
To all you young athletes: thanks for taking the chance on a unique strength and conditioning facility. When we opened The Athlete Factory, we preached a new and significantly different training methodology than the area was accustomed to, and without your willingness to do something outside the box to improve your performance, we never would’ve had the chance to work with all you amazing athletes over the years, or succeed in helping so many kids get full and partial scholarships to college (which will remain one of my proudest accomplishments until I die).
To all the parents: without you self-less folks, we wouldn’t have any of the fantastic kids mentioned above to train. Thanks for all the help you’ve given us in working with your children. Thanks for trusting a bunch of tattooed, foul-mouthed, meat heads (and Kelli) with your impressionable youth. Thanks for all the taxiing to and from the gym. Without consistency, we can’t get progress, and I know many of you took time out of your already hectic lives to make multiple trips a day all the way across town to drop off and pick up athletes.
To all you personal training and small group clients: thanks for making us your facility of choice. We may have the most talented staff around, but there’s a dozen other places you could’ve picked besides us, and we’re thankful that you chose us out of the crowd. Personal and small group training isn’t cheap, and I want to thank you for making such a big time, physical, and financial commitment with us.
To all my CrossFitters: thanks for coming in on the regular and getting weird with me. You guys and gals are always down to do some wild and crazy stuff in the name of fitness, and I had a blast hanging out, I mean coaching you, while we did it. To all the dudes, thanks for all the booty slaps and borderline sexual harassment in the locker rooms. I really don’t know if anyone thought I was as funny as I did, but I had a blast, so thanks for that. To all the ladies, thanks for letting me give so many creepy hugs. It’s a skill that I don’t get to use in the real world, and I’ll really miss it now that I have to “grow up.” Oh, and thanks for all the spandex outfits, too. I still don’t understand the appeal of working out while wearing what basically amounts to glorified underpants, but wow, I really appreciate it (sorry Kathryn. I may be in trouble tonight…).
To all our coaches: thank you guys and gals so much for all the hard work and sacrifice over the years. Early mornings, late nights, triple shifts, the murder shift, 16 hour days, 7 day work weeks, man, I was a really crappy boss. I know the job can be long, arduous, and frustrating at times, but you all consistently showed up ready to rock and deliver a fantastic product. A leader is only as great as the people around him, and I can honestly say that after a decade in the fitness industry, having been to dozens of seminars given by industry leaders and the tops in the biz, you all really are some of the most talented coaches I’ve been around, and it’s been an honor getting to man the trenches with you the last few years.
To Chad-balls: you are a saint. Thanks for being the calming influence to my piss and vinegar over the years. Without you to reign me in to keep me from doing crazy things, I would’ve burnt this place to the ground long ago (not literally, just in case our landlord or insurance agent is reading this). I can be intense at times, and we were a great duo because you always stayed calm and collected to balance me out. I know us bonding over Aqua Teen Hunger Force at Gold’s was destiny, and I want to thank you for working side by side with me the last 7 years to build our dream.
You guys mean the world to me. I learned so much, met so many amazing people, and had so many awesome experiences. I know I won’t be around on a regular basis anymore, but I hope our friendships can continue as life takes us down different paths. Now I’m going to go light some candles and take a warm bath and cry while singing “Cats in the Cradle” to myself on repeat for the next few hours as I reminisce and think about how much I’ll miss everyone….
Hope to see a ton of you on Saturday!