What does FYP stand for and what it means to me.
First, naming a CrossFit Affiliate proved to be quite a challenge. You cannot have two with the same name. So, given that there are now over 15,000 registered Affiliates, we had a lot of back and forth with CrossFit HQ. Finally, FYP came to mind. Three letters, easy to pronounce, and meaning “Find Your Purpose.” This sounded like a name we would be happy to live with.
At the time (3 years ago), the idea of helping people, including myself, to Find Their Purpose in life, became an expression to achieve a goal, rather than just a name, and this sounded pretty cool. I believed (and still do), that going to the gym 3 to 7 times a week takes discipline. This discipline in the gym, can help lead to better habits outside the gym, ultimately helping you to achieve your goals. Sounds pretty mature and humble, right? But to be honest I did not push that reflection further at the time.
Instead, I focused more on my main reasons for opening a gym:
having a place to train whenever I want
having free time
meeting new people and doing fitness
It turned out the last 3 years (last 2 in particular) were probably the toughest of my life. These reasons I had to run a gym turned out to not fulfill me the way I had expected. I lost a bit (maybe a lot) of myself along the way. I forgot the reasons I should be doing what I was doing. Many things happened during this time to help me get to where I am today. I now realize that FYP stands for something way deeper than just a gym where I can train whenever I want with some friends.
Doing a hard workout is not only about getting fitter anymore. It’s also about:
Doing hard things when you don’t feel like it
Opening your heart when it hurts
Feeling pain, instead of avoiding it
Giving it your best
Doing things you never BELIEVED you could do
Being committed and disciplined
Being grateful to be able to move
It means so much more than fitness. It means:
Showing up after a bad day even when you don’t feel like it
Finding time to take care of yourself
Doing things that scare you
This is what it is all about. This is what is Feeding My Purpose.
My goal is to create a place where:
The energy is positive
We feed each other’s purpose and dreams
Other people care about you
You decide to do the hard things because you know you will be better for it
I’m so grateful for this place and to be a part of it. I have learned more about myself in the last year than I probably have at any other time in my life. There is a compound effect to doing the right thing day after day.
It’s only the beginning of the journey and the ride will be amazing, I know it (it already is).
Let’s do amazing things together.
Written by: David