Iron Crew Athletics – The Beginning

How did Iron Crew Athletics get its name?

When I began coaching CrossFit full time at NC Fit – Redwood City, they only offered 5am classes three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  I made a strong push to make 5am a Monday – Friday class and asked the operator why we don’t have it every day.  His response was, “Because we’ve never had anyone who wanted to coach it every day!”  I guess I was the only one crazy enough to want to do it.

I took that as a challenge and offered to coach it every day.  I also made it my personal goal that by the end of the year, 5am would be the biggest class of the day!  A huge stretch since 5pm and 6pm typically ran 20-25 deep.  We started off with a very consistent base of 5 members who came every morning at 5am.  I always joked that nobody works out at 5am because they want to, it’s because they HAVE to for some reason or another.

I always loved coaching 5am because I enjoyed bringing my naturally high energy and excitement for fitness to people at such a God awful time.  It made the hour much more enjoyable for everyone.  I was truly inspired by those who workout at that hour.  They had to set their alarm at the ass crack of dawn in order to get their workout in, because they are so busy that if they don’t, they won’t be able to workout.  This told me that to them, fitness is a priority and a lifestyle.  Fitness was NOT an option for them.

In order to get the 5am crew pumped up for their new daily class, I encouraged them to create a nickname for themselves.  This got them excited to be a part of that class, and gave them a sense of pride and accountability for being a part of it.  We tossed around some ideas about how they were the 5am “Beasts” or “Demons”.  A few of them sounded cool but nothing really stuck.  One morning out of the blue a 5am guy said, “We’re the 5am Iron Crew!  Where Iron sharpens Iron.”  I literally jumped in the air, pointed at him, and said “Yes! That’s it! We are the 5am Iron Crew!”

I sought out to make a logo and some shirts for all of our Iron Crew members.  Then I thought, “Why stop there?”.  I can reach out to everyone with this mentality and share information and knowledge to anyone who wants to pass through this website.  As I decided what I should call this website I couldn’t think of a better way to describe it.

The Iron Crew had a special kind of motivation, desire, and passion for fitness.  They had no choice but to set their alarm before 5am in order to get their workout in for the day.  It was not a choice for them, they had to do it.  Fitness was not an option.  It was a lifestyle, a passion, and a requirement to live a fulfilling life.

I hope this site provides you with all of the information you need to live the same amazing life that the Iron Crew lives every day.  Enjoy!

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