We Fail at the Margin of our Experience

There’s a classic CrossFit saying, “We Fail at the Margin of our Experience” that I’ve always liked. It can sound a little ominous- FAILURE. gasp! Think on it a bit longer though, and this saying is less of a told-you-so and more of an invitation to stretch and succeed. If the margins are where we commonly fail, we can seek to expand those margins, and grow our scope of knowledge and experience.

Doing anything for the first time is usually a little awkward. Your hyper-aware brain recites a list of how-to steps while your body tries to keep up. Your muscles haven’t developed any “memory” and everything feels shaky or a little backwards. Terminology can be hard to keep straight and you get terms confused or can’t like em to their respective actions.

Sound like an experience you’ve had at the gym before? Or somewhere else? This philosophy isn’t exclusive to our workouts. It also reflects our approach to personal development, cultural awareness, and professional skills. We believe to get comfortable with something, you need exposure. Otherwise you’re relying solely on “beginner’s luck.”

At Lumos Fitness Collective, we’re your guiding light in the pursuit of varied experiences. With our diverse programming and community offerings, we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. From joining our sports teams to discussing the latest page-turner at our book club, we’re all about expanding your horizons.

Our recent in-house weightlifting meet, Lumos Liftoff, and upcoming in-house partner competition, Small But Mighty, are part of our commitment to provide safe, supportive spaces for you to try new things and receive constructive feedback. Pair that with classes that consistently add new movements, structures, or simply little wrinkles to well known skills, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

I see you over there Mr. OG CrossFitter since day one- this applies to you too. Over time, the popularity of the CrossFit Game/Open has REDUCED the overall variety of movements that are programmed at most gyms. As the Games/Open has biased movements that easily “judge-able” we’ve seen less of the variety that used to be a hallmark of the program. This has created a trend where people become proficient in the handful of most commonly programmed competition movements, but what about the rest?

When’s the last time you did something that made you say, “Wait, how does this go again?” That’s the question we at Lumos are constantly asking, prompting you to tackle new challenges while ensuring your safety and happiness.

In conclusion, if you’re seeking a fitness experience that challenges you to step outside your comfort zone but cares deeply about your wellbeing, Lumos Fitness Collective is your home. We invite you to join us in expanding your experience, because when we say “fail,” what we really mean is “grow.”