written by: Zachary Schell
At Four Barrel we believe in a value system that can apply to our training, our work, and our life. This system is made of our 5 Core Values, which are:
- Hard Work
These values crossover into how we coach, how we conduct business, how we treat each other, and how we function as a tribe of happy, humble, and hardworking people.
We live by these core values in order to:
- Challenge ourselves (and each other)
- To learn lessons of ourselves (and by the examples of one another)
- And to change, grow, and evolve for the better
We believe that if we can improve our own physical, mental, and relational well-being, we can also improve the well-being of our friends, our families, and our community.
That’s why Four Barrel’s core values are more than just words on paper. They’re what we stand for, what we believe, and what we practice each and every day.
Core Value #2 – Humility
A humble leader leads for the benefit of the team, they don’t have to put themselves first, or even last, they just need to put themselves where it best serves everyone each and every day because they have a commitment to something greater than just themselves.
In Core Value #1 “Hard Work” we spoke about having grit, embracing discomfort, and working hard. With humility we keep those things top of mind while understanding that during our journey in the gym, or in our personal lives we must get down the fundamentals first, because otherwise the RX/RX+ things in life are not going to work.
Randy Pausch stated in The Last Lecture “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” It takes a humble person to set ego aside when something doesn’t go their way and look at what they can learn from that moment or event to become better moving forward. That is having a commitment to something greater than yourself, when you realize that your actions and outcomes not only affect you, but impact all the lives you touch day in and day out.
Our ambition is for the cause and we do it for others, not for ourselves because we are extremely blessed, and we should be extremely grateful to have the opportunity to do the work we do.
Zack is the General Manager and Head Coach at Four Barrel CrossFit East. Zack on why he loves to coach: “Many people, myself included when I first started CrossFit, walk through the door with reservations about how they will fit in, and some degree of disbelief in their abilities. As a coach we get the opportunity to shift that way of thinking for them. We get to celebrate with them when they are at their happiest hitting a new PR but we also get to be there to encourage them when they are experiencing self doubt because a lift or workout didn’t go as they planned. They come through the door putting their full trust in us as coaches and there is something truly heartwarming knowing someone trusts you that much.”