Community Socials

It’s fall again. This is an awesome time to start getting your local box together for a variety of activities outside of the WODs and other workout-focused events.
By Jamie Toland, CF-L1 ,

It’s fall again.

This is an awesome time to start getting your local box together for a variety of activities outside of the WODs and other workout-focused events. So what are some things you can do to build the community with your local group through socials?

Guys’ or Ladies’ Nights

It’s perfectly acceptable to have a Ladies’ Night event, but make sure that there is a chance for dudes to have a Guys’ Night, too. The women at our box usually have something involving wine and the show The Bachelor or something along those lines. (I really have no idea what they do.) Guys’ Night can be anything you want from grabbing some wings and having beers to going to a kick-ass movie (see 300,The Expendables 3 or Transformers — something in which little thought is required and a lot of shit gets blown up) or watching Monday Night Football, with beers. Whatever you decide, it’s always a good plan to have some time set aside separately just for the dudes or the ladies so they can let loose.

Community Gatherings

Attending a local 5K, adventure race (as a group) or just supporting any kind of local competition (especially if it’s an outdoor one) can be fun this time of year. Think about having a charity walk to support local groups or becoming a host for organizations like local shelters to help adopt pets. Maybe find time to work with Big Brother Big Sister programs or have events in which local kids can come in for tutoring and then do some training with members outside. This might be a good way to emphasize both mental and physical strengths in your youth community. You could even have fun and use your space to host a haunted house that would get people through the front door and work as both public relations and free advertising, too.

Party Time

Whether it’s at someone’s house, your affiliate or around a bonfire in the woods, no one can substitute a good old-fashioned autumn get-together with good food, drinks and friends. Being a part of a community is a special thing, and interacting with your coaches and people who train at different times of the day can only help grow the overall sense of community at your box. You all can meet at a local bar with a nice beer garden and maybe take in some live music at some of the local fall festivals, as well.

No matter what you decide to do, fostering the relationships in your community is imperative to the long-term success of your affiliate. When people are happy, they want to come in and train. Offering them a couple of beers and a plate of food from time to time can go a long way toward achieving that.

What does your affiliate do for community social events in the fall? If they don’t do any, what kinds would you like to see get started? Share yours in the comments on our Facebook page.

Stay on the Grind.

Jamie Toland (JTol)
Twitter @JTolgrinder

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