Ok, maybe not a rotten egg, so let’s break this down.
Granovetter’s take on social behavior:
Threshold Models of Collective Behavior (The American Journal of Sociology, 1978)
The argument is framed in the context of joining a riot.
“Different individuals require different levels of safety before entering a riot…A person’s threshold for joining a riot is defined here as the proportion of the group he would have to see join before he would do so” (p. 1422).
…the 1st few people throwing things and jumping on police cruisers are truly “rioters”…
…the 300th person jumping on the cruiser is not a “rioter” (that’s a normal citizen pretending to riot).
(***Likely origin of “last one in is a rotten egg”?)
Interesting take on human social behavior.
It rings forward in the fitness world to the use of the word “Athlete.”
Notice that anymore, it’s the thing to say “athlete.”
“I’m an athlete.”
“I love working out with the other athletes.”
…do they mean real athlete; like being the 1st person in (like the real “rioters”)
…do they mean the other “athlete”; like being the 300th person to jump on a police cruiser “rioter”?
In the many years I volunteered as a CrossFit coach, I’ve seen this evolve from early days (watching people’s varying thresholds).
…the 1st people into CrossFit (which dubbed “athlete”) were athletes.
CrossFit, in original form, was a community of athletes, working out in garages, yards, parks, and gyms.
They wanted to share ideas about
…workouts (“I just did this workout and sharted all over, you should try it.”)
…form (“Any ideas on how to pull myself under better on heavy cleans?”)
They wanted to spend 45 minutes of a 1hr workout working form and virtuosity.
The original “rioters.”
Then the fitness world turned it into a commodity.
…”I won’t pay all that $ to just workout…but I sure will if I’m an ‘athlete’!”
But be wary of the sulfur-hype…
Do your workouts support the name “athlete”
…does the whiteboard have a ton of skill work
…do the coaches insist on virtuosity
…or is it just entertainment
Do the coaches use “athlete” as a marketing gimmick?
…do they understand programming and physiology?
…can they do a pistol or OH squat?
At the Madness we love all movement as good movement (so long as your form doesn’t suck).
And we love functional sane behavior…and run at the smell of sulfur.
And it’s that $$-driven-sulfur-haze which clouds sensibility
…I don’t know any athletes who actually call themselves athletes.
…Toss the eggs, and keep it real….like, really real.
The first people in were “athletes”
…the rest of us are just working out
…And it’s fine.
…It won’t make us any more or less fit.