"The 'Sixpacks' have provided me with amazing friends, a healthy competition, and a home. We are a random group of people who would probably never crossed paths, or if we did, wouldn’t have become friends [...] When I took this new job and was asked to move to the West Coast, my thoughts didn’t go to how far away from my parents I would be over there. My thoughts went to how am I going to leave my Sixpack?"
In case you didn't know, 5 and 6 am are the busiest classes at Shoreline Athletics. Seriously. Who gets up at 4 am to workout??! 50 of our members, to be exact. Perhaps there's something about being the very first human contact that one has each day, which creates the magic that we describe the Shoreline Sixpacks (as they affectionately call themselves) to possess. In all seriousness, in any competition, or social event, they are a large part of the Shoreline "heart", a.k.a. the spirit of camaraderie that makes our gym so special. Below is an June essay submission from the Sixpack's beloved Kristine Capstick-Macecsko, or just plain Capstick. What I love about this essay (besides its endearing reference to some adorable Puerto Rican coach/programmer who awakes at 3:30 am 3-days a week for this crew) is its highlighting of that "it" factor in CrossFit that brings together so many different individuals from different walks of life and bonds them as friends. It's always the coolest thing to witness as I look out over a class that I am coaching... veteran doctors and Secret Service agents working out, laughing beside diner waitresses, and high school students. What we "do" outside of the gym is meaningless when we come together for what we "do" inside.
I have been a member of the community for 6 years. I came after being harassed by Jess and Rob LaVigne. I always had a reason for not joining. I just wasn’t ready yet/I didn’t understand what it was. Once I started, I was hooked. I did my on-ramp, and started coming at 6am. I hated it. There was no competition. I am not a morning person, so 5am just wasn’t an option. I moved to the 5:30pm class and met people. I went in did my work, made some friends but I never really “got” the CrossFit experience you read and see online.
And then I was invited to a 6am class on Christmas Eve. That is when I knew I was in the right place. That was in Dec 2013. Since then, I have found some of the best friends a girl could ask for. Making friends as an adult is very hard. Especially when you didn’t grow up in the area and have no children.
The "Sixpacks" have provided me with amazing friends, a healthy competition, and a home. We are a random group of people who would probably never crossed paths, or if we did, wouldn’t have become friends. We have a tattooed defense attorney who calls a loud, Italian elevator salesman one of his best friends. A quiet stationary store owner who goes to breakfast weekly with a Greek doctor who makes skin. A man taking over the Section 8 housing market one deal at a time who spends quality time with a guy who builds stone walls. A wedding planner with two small children that talks all day long to a loud, over the top software sales rep who loves those kids like they were her nephews A 25-yr-old agriculture salesman who voluntarily spends time with people in their 30’s ,40’s and 50’s. A soon to be school teacher and her insurance risk consultant husband who are the life of any party, being invited places with a nurse who works in a cancer department. A down-to-earth architect and his strong, in so many ways, high-end shop manager wife that everyone loves, adores and has rallied with for last few months to help them in any way possible while they are fighting a huge battle. And finally, a book loving Puerto Rican man that we all love way more than we should when he is programming soul-crushing workouts.
Shoreline Athletics has not only gotten me in the best shape of my life health-wise, but it has provided me with so much more. When I took this new job and was asked to move to the West Coast, my thoughts didn’t go to how far away from my parents I would be over there. My thoughts went to how am I going to leave my Sixpack?
An after (left) and before (right) of the author, Kristine Capstick.