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“Fingerprints”

The staff at Cadre would like to THANK YOU for the POSITIVE commUNITY you have forged over these past 3.5 years! We are proud of the fact that YOU make the commitment to walk through those doors, put forth the effort and in turn, experience tangible results!
Through our growth and progression we have experienced ups and downs. Good days and bad. Great ideas and a few that needed or still require some fine-tuning. We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have ALL the answers. We will also tell you that we’re relentlessly committed to finding them. One unique property of CrossFit is NO TWO FACILITIES ARE THE SAME! For example, we are steeped in CrossFit methodology yet we advocate other forms of fitness (i.e. Band-It, Fit4Me, Met-Con Monday). We take pride in our own unique identifier: our “fingerprint” if you will.

Good, bad or indifferent, each “Box” has it’s own ethos, atmosphere and leadership style. In these 3.5 years we’ve observed two camps:
1) Positive
2) Negative

Not to get all “Confucius” on you but embodying one means understanding the other. Let’s take a look-see.
Learner’s definition of NEGATIVITY
negativity /ˌnɛgəˈtɪvəti/ noun
: an attitude in which someone considers only the bad qualities of someone or something

 

Unfortunately, there are those few within the global CrossFit community that continually have to tell you “how much they know”, what everyone else is “doing wrong” and how “superior” they are. These unfortunate souls are missing the BIG picture and thus the unique qualities that EVERY CrossFit has to offer! Witnessing this unproductive behavior affords us the perspective to TRULY appreciate how blessed we are at Cadre!

A brief review Cadre’s Cardinal rules tells us:
1) You’re and adult (although some of us may be stuck in 6th grade humor…ahem!)
2) Smile and have fun!
3) NO DRAMA!
We’ve found the aforementioned 3 rules to be pretty simple and effective. This framework is the “compass” that allows us to keep a bearing on our unique and POSITIVE “fingerprint”.

In short, we just wanted to take a moment to recognize ALL of you for your positive outlook, undying support and willingness espouse acceptance! We’re proud of our fingerprint! Lets start leaving them EVERYWHERE!!!!

Virtue and Honesty!

The adage “the truth hurts” is…well…true. The accuracy of this statement is evident in every day life. When is the last time you told someone they were overbearing, moody, impersonal, confrontational or even too timid? Our guess is…rarely! We atypically seek the truth. Normally, human nature causes us to run from candor or lie to others/ourselves hoping things “work out” in the end.

Winston Churchill made the poignant quote “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
The aforementioned statement is particularly pertinent to our Cadre community. We recently “stumbled” over our own truth. Many of you know that we have an anonymous Suggestion/Report Card box. We’ve had a handful of generally helpful comments/suggestions over the last 22 months and we truly appreciate them! Someone recently “kicked it up a notch” and took the time to type out a well written, 5 paragraph critique of what they’ve experienced and how subtle change has altered their athletic satisfaction as of late.
First of all…THANK YOU!!!

We all know that Cadre is NOTHING without our community! This foundation is the “glue” what holds us together, moves us forward, and makes us better individuals (not just athletes). YOU, the athlete, drive the direction of our box and make the “mojo” we all have come to know and love.
If you’re around CrossFit long enough, you will hear the word “virtuosity” uttered from time to time. In gymnastics, virtuosity is defined as “performing the common uncommonly well.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Virtuosity: a taste or interest in virtue (the good qualities inherent in a person or thing).
In the music world, a “virtuoso” is someone who actively dedicates every fiber of his or her being to melodic excellence. We want to strive to pursue that harmony within our own community. As in any journey, there are bound to be bumps and distractions along the way. We’ve all taken a shortcut, avoided confrontation, eaten a lot of something we shouldn’t have and regretted it. The fault lies not only in the poor choice but more so, in compromising what we believe in or “lying” to ourselves about it. An honest, introspective look helps us grow and develop unfettered.

Whew! Having said all of that, the take home message is that we are in constant pursuit of virtuosity at Cadre. The truth isn’t always what we want to hear…it’s what we NEED to hear! So please, don’t hold back or quietly suffer through a frustration or dissatisfaction. We want the chance to actively address your suggestions and critiques. Your fulfillment and development are paramount to healthy growth. Without a doubt we know that YOU…the athlete…are what make us Cadre!