Confessions of a Gym Owner

Five years ago, I packed up my life, moved halfway across the country, and started the next chapter of life.

My time in Oklahoma City was a time of growth. It’s where I found CrossFit and developed my love for functional fitness. It’s where I continued my path to higher education and got my Masters. It’s where I had an amazing opportunity to find my passion for coaching and helping others. It’s where I experienced how a fitness community can change your life.

Making the decision to leave was not an easy one. I loved everything about OKC. I loved the city itself, my friends, my experiences, but most of all I loved my gym.

I knew I was ready for a change and a new challenge. On my flight to Gainesville to interview at a new gym, I told myself I wouldn’t even think about accepting the position if I didn’t absolutely love the people there.

As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I was in trouble.

Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt like you belonged? Like you didn’t have to put on a show to impress anyone? Like you didn’t have to hide certain parts of yourself for fear of being judged?

Walking into B3 Gym that day felt like home. I was greeted so warmly by everyone I met. People genuinely wanted to get to know more about me and were so open in sharing more about themselves. The energy in the gym was so welcoming and supportive.

Every CrossFit gym is owner-operated, meaning each gym owner can run their facility in a way that fits their style. That means that every CrossFit gym will have a different vibe, a different energy.

That also means that each community of people will be different. Humans are social creatures. Even self-proclaimed introverts, like myself, need to be around other people.

For me, this community keeps me motivated and encourages me to be a better human. We all have ups and downs on our journeys. We all have days when we just don’t feel like working out. Some days just making it to the gym is the hardest part.

Having a coach in your corner can give you the boost you need to try a little harder and do more than you thought you could. Having supportive gym friends can make sure you get your butt to the gym and leave in a better mood.

For me, it’s all about the community and I couldn’t be more thankful for my B3 Gym FitFam!


Stay Healthy,

Coach Karen

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