There are multiple ways to manage stress, some healthier than others. Nearly a year into my career as a startup entrepreneur, I got to a point where I needed the stress management solutions to be on the healthier side of the spectrum. After years of thwarting friends’ attempts to get me to join CrossFit, I decided to give it a try. CrossFitNMB is about a block away from Bookigee’s offices — so the guilt felt when passing it every day was a driver of the decision, but I digress. Without rambling on about the gory details of my initial path to fitness over the first three months that I have been there, I will just get to the point of this posting. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jonas Grabarnick, who runs CFNMB.
We all know the explicit benefits of exercise – heart health, positive self-image, endorphins, physical strength, etc. I have gotten something above and beyond that from training with Jonas and his team, however. Best way to describe it would be a great sense of accomplishment that has translated into benefits far outside the gym. At CFNMB they teach you how to overcome adversity and meet challenges that you otherwise would not think possible. So while the tangible results have been great, the intangibles are what I am amazed by and grateful for. The ability to get through their workouts, push myself to do things I would have never thought I was capable of, and adjust my mindset to believe that I will surmount the seemingly insurmountable has transcended the gym. Startups are a battle, but the work done with Jonas is now evidencing itself on the business playing field in many ways: greater attention to detail, confidence, a willingness to go at the problems rather than around them, physical and emotional stamina, and a positive attitude — to name a few. Entrepreneurship requires a lot of strength across the physical, mental, and emotional spectrums. Thanks to Jonas for all the work you are doing with us to improve all of these components — both I and the company are growing from it.