Support Your Team.    October 23 2012

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Tabata Mash Up:
Ring dips & Abmat sit-ups.
Alternate exercises every interval for 16 intervals (8 minutes).

Support Your Team.

Do you support your teammates at Roots?  Do you celebrate their achievements as if they were your own?  Do you share in their victories?  The guy in the video above sure does.

To us, class time is really your daily practice.  And that practice is with your team.  Rather than individuals who show up to take a class – folks at Roots show up to practice with their team.

Not sure how to support your teammates?  See below for some ideas.  Post to comments your own ideas.

1. Get Excited.  Like Really Fucking Excited.
There’s a common anxious, nervous, butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling before a workout.  Know that everyone else feels the same damn way.  Embrace it.  And get excited!

2. Cheer
No, you don’t have to become a high school cheerleader, although if you want to that’s fine, but a little encouragement can go a long way.  You’re done with the workout.  Good on you.  Now grab a foam roller, watch the action unfold in front of you, and help that last athlete finish.  We’ve all been there.

3. High Five
high five: a celebratory or mutually congratulatory gesture between two persons performed by each slapping the other’s raised right hand. Also used as a verb.
Do you know how good it feels to high five someone?  It’s freakin’ awesome.  High fives are massively underused, unlike the word awesome, but that’s another story.  Raise your hand and get some!  Another variation of the high five is the butt slap.  butt slap: The act of using the palm of one’s hand to slap another person’s butt, in an effort to encourage them to speed up or keep doing a job well done. Originated in American Football circles and hence is usually male to male, but can be done in a variety of combinations. 
We have yet to see the butt slap used in regulation class time at Roots but we’re definitely open to the idea.

How do you support Team Roots?  Post to comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500085141 Cassie Finer
  • drew

    that’s hilarious… I remember that guy! That looks like it is down at Crossfit Real Fitness in Florida… Shayna and I worked out there for a while!

  • http://www.facebook.com/C.A.Lowitzer Cheryl A Lowitzer

    Ok people, your pal CAL is gonna look for some PVC air guitar love when she’s bringing up rear or nailing this years CF skill goals: DU, rope climb, & kipping pull-up! Btw, feel free to high five next time you see me do 20″ box jump, b/c that was first of Roots 2012 skill goals I hit recently :-)

  • Ben O’Brien

    Please consider the butt slap with chalk, it’s awesome!!! Leaving evidence of one’s encouragement.

    Odie, please purchase more lengths of PVC, it going to get crazy up in here! Awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Fallon/1241640118 Amy Fallon

    Just wanted to give a shout out to Emily McCort for this! Yesterday, CAL was trying to downplay her half marathon last weekend (Cal, you rock), and Emily would have none of it. She told Cal to stop being negative and that she should be proud of accomplishing her goal. Cal immediately changed her perspective and started saying really positive things about herself. It was awesome. Emily, thanks for always being super supportive :)

  • JakeDurling

    Ben’s right – the chalked up butt slap is great motivation. I actually do that to Caitlin frequently – call it the cost of tight black workout pants (or me being a jerk, whatever).

  • MollyMo1982

    I love to cheer so I cheer alot for people. That’s why I won best cheerleader award last year! I just need to learn everyone’s names so I can cheer for everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gorderj Joel Gorder

    Ha, I posted this video on the blog 2 days ago :)

  • http://talltara.com/ tarable

    I really like supporting my team through the use of humor. Most often, making fun of myself or some part of my hand that ripped open. But I don’t rule out making jokes at the expense of the coaches. Nothing like laughter to bring a team together! (Even at 5:30am…)

  • Brenda Bonilla

    I must say, I get a lot of cheers at CFR (we all know why…..), and I truly do appreciate them, every single time. A very special cheer is when I hear my daughter say “Go Mom!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500085141 Cassie Finer

    Too bad I wasn’t paying attention. I can’t read all your blog posts Joel! Next time send it directly to me and we can avoid this situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gorderj Joel Gorder

    It’s also important to note that the “Butt Slap” is traditionally accompanied by the verbal accolade “Good Game,” thus legitimizing the seemingly odd physical gesture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/C.A.Lowitzer Cheryl A Lowitzer

    YES! Emily & Amy & Killer were ALL part of team CAL positivity reset button on foam rollers post wod. YOU guys ROCK & I only wish I’d thought to butt slap y’all with a chalked hand as I left with head held much higher that day ;-)

  • Verona

    I’ve definitely been on the receiving end of the cheers to help finish and it’s been great. I love the camaraderie and team spirit. Really sets CF apart.

  • McSzabo

    Woo! Hoo! Open invitation to butt slap! Love it. Watch out.