Growing up, sports were always front-and-center in my life. All through high school, I rowed competitively, loving the feeling of camaraderie with my teammates and the feeling of purpose and concentration. In my adult life, I’ve continued to seek out that feeling in sports, and last summer, I found CrossFit.
Now, CrossFit is my happy place. Knowing that I can step into class, turn off my brain and work hard helps every part of my life click into focus. The intensity of the workouts demand body awareness, which has a positive impact both inside and outside the gym. Because of CrossFit, I get to compete with myself, make friends and be proud of everything my body does for me.
One of my favorite things, though, is the supportive community I’ve found. I think every queer person subconsciously evaluates every space they walk into, wondering how safe it is and how they’ll be received. Given the gender and other stereotypes so prevalent in workout culture, it can be intimidating to step into a gym and feel comfortable.
Walking into CrossFit Beat, I felt totally at home. There are people from all walks of life, other queer people and a safe space statement right on the wall. Diversity is strength, and being in a place that celebrates that is important.
Everyone deserves to lead a happy and healthy life (whatever that means to them), and to live up to their full potential. Supportive communities are one big step in making that happen, helping you through rough patches and giving you faith that humans may actually be pretty good (or at least doing their best).
- Claire -