I am so Proud…

CFNE! The fittest family in the world.

WOW!  What an amazing experience.  I have been wanting to write something to express how proud and happy I am to part of this little gym in Natick that just WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, but every time I sit down to write a recap of the Games I feel like my words aren’t going to do justice to the emotions I have.  So please realize that this is only a fraction of my true feelings. 

I am SO PROUD of you guys!  And I am not talking just to the six members of the team (they know how proud I am of them, their accomplishments, and how they embody the word “Champions” in every sense).  I am proud of our alternates, JC and Ali, for being the strongest teammates anyone could hope for.  I am proud of our Master’s competitors, Elaine, Bubba and Big Bri for competing with heart and class.  I am proud of the 30 something members of our gym that travelled across the country to cheer us on in the Sea of Red.  Our fans were the loudest in the stadium and the Team and Masters will tell you how much that meant to their performance.  I am proud of the dozens of other members who watched us watched us online and sent their support through texts and emails.  I am proud of Heather, who was spectacular commentating for ESPN this weekend. 

Lastly, I am proud of CFNE as a whole…every member!  Sometimes it’s hard to realize how much every member effects the success of our affiliate.  I think Bubba nailed it when he said, “I am the lucky one to have gotten to train with the other CFNE athletes that push their envelope and set the bar as high as they can for the people around them. What you give to the WOD you give to the community and help build the culture of personal accomplishment that is the core of CFNE. 

It’s like an iceberg, the biggest, most important part isn’t the shiny tip sticking above the water, it’s what is not as visible but much more important beneath the surface.”

 I noticed this firsthand this past couple of days as our members have been smashing PR’s and getting after WODs like it’s their own personal Games.  There seems to be a new sense of hunger, desire and level of commitment that our victory has brought to everyone.  How awesome is that?  Forget resting on your success.  CFNE is hungrier than ever.  LOVE IT!

11 Comments

  1. akattany24

    That was amazing and well said..amen to that. I felt that hunger when I crossed the finish line yesterday for my half marathon that I’ve never done before. I was thinking to myself, WOW..im so glad I was able to do this and its all because I joined the best gym around..thanks ben, heather and all the coaches that have helped me find my way to being great!..

    Alysia

  2. Well said, Ben. But you forgot one person. We are the lucky ones to have the most dedicated, knowledgeable, and sincere coach in all of Crossfit. Thanks to your coaching we were the fittest and most well prepared team at the Games.

    Those of us that know you well know how bad it was killing you to not be on the field as an athlete. The way you were able to put that aside and channel all of your energy and knowledge into making sure we were prepared was awesome.

    One of the great things that is sure to come of CFNE’s success in LA is that the rest of the CF world will start to realize what we have known all along – we have the best coach in the business!

    PS. – Hungrier than ever? Absolutely. A week removed from the Games, and I cant stop thinking about defending our title!

  3. maloney

    Attitude reflects leadership, coach. Thank YOU sir.

    • ECizzle

      Indeed.

      What is so awesome about the diversity of CF affiliates is that every box – regardless of the number of trainers, the number of members, or even amount of equipment – takes on the persona of the owner. It is set at the top and reflected in the community. Yes, the CFNE community is amazing, but it is a reflection of what you bring, Ben, to the gym.

      In one of Coach’s talks about business, he mentions how upon entrance to any establishment, you can immediately sense excellence. By description of the physical space/resources alone, you could argue CFNE is no different than many other CF affiliates. But there is something more intangible, immediately felt upon entrance, that draws so many to CFNE. Your passion for excellence and service is driving the boat.

  4. Coach Bergeron,
    As a dedicated charter member/athlete of CF Invictus, I was a spectator this year and part of our own ‘Sea of Green”. I absolutely love our community (and my buddy Josh Bridges is strong in a way that I’m not familiar with). Obviously, I am somewhat partial to CJ Martin, his gang of trainers and the awesome people at our gym.

    All that being said, I have to give credit where it’s deserved. CFNE is a special and EXTRAORDINARY group of guys/gals. I watched you all push, grind and work together in a truly inspiring way. I mean, you guys are animals and full of heart. Anyone watching could see it. You and your team are top notch, high end athletes and are now proven to be the absolute best. What you are doing is working, and it’s working remarkably well. You all looked intense & focused, but were still able to have fun. That’s experiencing CrossFit in it’s fullest.

    Anyhow, I work out of my garage in southern California. I’ve bounced between the programming at CFNE, Invictus and Front Range for the last three years. As a retired Navy Chief (Rescue Swimmer) and now working as a California Highway Patrol Officer, the gains and level of fitness achieved are beyond what I could’ve imagined. Thanks for doing it right, Ben. I only wish I could experience the community you’ve built on a daily basis. For now, the WOD’s and invaluable information posted on your site will have to do.

    If I ever make it to Natick, my first priority is to hit up a WOD at the ‘World Famous, World Champion Crossfit New England’. Congrats to you brother and all the best to the good people of CFNE people who are fortunate enough to train under you!

    Respectfully,

    Chris Freischlag, Camarillo, CA.

  5. Thanks Ben,

    This being my third games, I certainly have a lot to compare it to. The games have changed completely, and dramatically each year I’ve been there, from 2009 to now. One thing has not changed – the attitude and presence of CFNE. It’s a credit to you and Heather and how you’ve treated everyone that came through the doors at 15 Tech circle since day 1. When was the last time in recorded history that 30 people flew clear across the country to watch people they go to the gym with compete in something? It’s a special thing, CrossFit…and this gym CFNE. Huge congratulations to everyone who competed and coached. Your dedication is what drives the physical success of the gym. The humble, fun loving, friendly, accessible environment you’ve created through your attitudes is what drives the community. Keep up the good work.

    • Ben-
      “Your dedication is what drives the physical success of the gym. The humble, fun loving, friendly, accessible environment you’ve created through your attitudes is what drives the community.”
      Kevin said it perfectly.
      The Crossfit Facebook page asked: “I do Crossfit______(fill in the blank)
      I had answered “because it is the “BEST other “family” I have ever found.” And I believe that CFNE is the way it is is because of the leadership you provide and the atmosphere you foster. Congratulations to everybody who makes up CFNE!!

  6. Michelle

    Ben, what you and Heather have created is extraordinary. From the humble beginings just a few years ago at Nobles with classes with 1 to 3 people where money was paid into a cardboard box, all the way to this amazing box fillled with the most incredible community of athletes and people on the planet. You are incredibly gifted and it is impossible to express in words how much this place and community gives to us all in so many different ways. Thank you and congratulations!!!!

    • Eva Preston

      Heather,
      Well said!! Ben and Heather a follower of you two and all the amazing coaches are very very greatful to train with you and learn from the fittest athletes in the world:) We are indeed very proud of you!! Get some more then ever!!

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