I’m going to go with the ‘ol cliché here….I can’t believe it’s been a year since the official opening of CrossFit Pawling!

It feels like yesterday the coaches & myself were painting and helping put the gym together. We can’t forget the night Eli and I spent 3 hours roaming Home Depot while our wives & friends moved the rig about 5 times trying to find the best spot for it, but that’s a story for another day.

What makes a CrossFit gym isn’t the rubber floors, walls, or even the equipment. It is the people you find within those walls. The reason I love CFP so much is for the same reason I love CF in general. Sure we work out, sweat, curse & roll around in pain after a tough wod, high-five and smile afterwards, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s about the community we have become. Some people on the outside may call us a cult, but it feels a lot more like a family to me.

When a new member joins the gym, you guys always continue to amaze me by immediately making them feel like one of us. It makes me proud when I see the entire class (& next class coming in) cheering for one another to get that last rep or finish the WOD… and even more proud when someone who has finished the WOD hops back in to the workout so “no one finishes alone.”

Within 1 year there has been so many firsts for our community, I can’t even count. First days, first double-unders, first pull-ups, first nanos/metcons, first holiday party, bowling night, & there has been many more PRs, friendships made, fundraisers, team hikes, and laughs.

I feel extremely fortunate that on a day-to-day basis I get to see people achieve their goals, and things they never thought possible. I’ve seen people change their lives and that is exactly the reason we chose to open CFP.

I want to thank all of you, our members, our coaches, our family.. for making CFP what it is today!

Here’s to many more years together!

-Coach Keith