How to be an awesome wingman
Batman has Robin, SpongeBob has Patrick, Sherlock has Watson.
Having a good wingman is crucial, and their job is to give you spirit and draw the absolute best out of you.
Part of the culture we try very hard to cultivate is the supportive nature of the community, and this is personified at the end of every workout with a high five. Its shown in the roar of the tribe for the last person in the box after a run. Its right in the middle of a hug or high five after you’ve had a shitty day. This culture works on a macro level (whole of community) and on a micro level (lifting buddies aka your wingman).
Picture this: You’re lifting with your wod buddy and the weight on the barbell slowly creeps up to your 1RM. It still feels good, and you are moving beautifully. Hell, today maybe the day you ring that PB bell! You load a little bit more on the bar and boom! PB. You look around at your lifting buddy and they casually ask you what weight you want to go next and start chalking their hands for their turn at the bar.
Now picture this: You’re lifting with your wod buddy and the weight on the barbell slowly creeps up to your 1RM. It still feels good, and you are moving beautifully. Hell, today maybe the day you ring that PB bell! You load a little bit more on the bar and boom! PB. You look around at your lifting buddy and they are playing air guitar screaming at your new PB, then jump over for a massive high five, then insist you immediately ring the PB bell and let everyone in the box know of your awesomeness.
That second scenario is the one I’d pick every day of the week.
There are ways that you can become an awesome wingman. Here are some tips from us to you: Talk to your buddies. Talk about lifts, talk about life, talk about rubbish….but talk. As a good wingman you should know their current 1RMs, you should know the movements they struggle with and the movements they rock at. This way, you know exactly when to grab your air guitar and start their one man bad of glory.
Respect their bubble and lava pit. This applies to lifting mainly, but remember the lifting etiquette that happens whenever your buddy goes into “The Zone”. Stop talking to them – they have an invisible bubble around them that nothing can penetrate. Do not cross the lava pit – flowing out in front of the lifter is a pit of lava and should you cross that pit, you’ll be burnt…not really but you will put off your mate, and that is not the actions of an awesome wingman.
Make a big deal out of things they do well. If you get to know your buddies, you’ll start to see the progress around the room. Instead of seeing someone not squatting to depth, you’ll see how far they have come working on their squat to get that low. See someone using a red band for pull ups? If you know your buddies well enough, you would see that they have moved from the grey band and have just cracked a new milestone…this is your chance to be an awesome wingman.
If you get to know the people in your community and actively be a good wing man, I promise you, the next time you do something awesome, you’ll look around and be surrounded by equally awesome wingmen. That’s how a community works.