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A Third Place: Neutral and Welcoming

The “Third Place” was coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg. It is the place where people spend their time between home (1st place), and work (2nd place). We strive to be the third place for our clients but what does it take to be a third place and how do we accomplish this?

Justin making a comeback after leaving for the military

A third place is where people conjugate together besides work and home. This could be a bar, barber shop, library, or any other social location. Third places have a few needs in order to fall into this category but to make sure I keep this post under 500 words, I will focus on one or two categories per post. First we are going to talk about how a third place is neutral.

When I talk about a neutral place, I mean that you can come and go without penalty. Work is not neutral; you cannot, usually, come and go as you please. Home is not neutral; especially if you have a significant other, kids, or pets. There are consequences for not showing up, but with us we will take you back if you have been gone one week or five years. 

We want to help as many people as we can. We want you to be successful, have fun, and engage in a healthy community based on fun and progress, but we also know life happens. Do not let neutral make you think disengaged. If you do not show up, we will contact you. We will call you, and we will text you. Not because there are negative repercussions, but because we want to make sure you are ok. 

In a perfect world your days would be filled with laughter, and fun, and donuts would be calorie free. Alas, this is not the case, but we can offer you a place where everyone knows your name and the coaches truly care about your wellness and success. We can be your third place. Next time, in our third place excursion, we will talk about mood and laughter.

If you’re looking for a place to call your third place, click the button and find out how to start your journey. If you’re looking to come back and continue your fitness journey email austin@crossfitoshkosh.com to set up your membership or a time to sit down and talk!

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