We recently started watching the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. A line from the show’s theme song has stuck with me as we have struggled the past few months to make progress towards opening day. Each night Regina Spektor would sing to me “Taking steps is easy, Standing still is hard”. Although I cannot (and will not) compare permit purgatory to prison, this process has given me appreciation for the truth of Mrs.Spektor’s words.
We got the call this morning that our construction permit has been approved! It’s finally time to take steps and we couldn’t be more excited! Our first steps will be installing the new bathrooms and installing new lights in the check-in/retail area as well as the office.
Hopefully the rest of Regina’s statement will prove equally true and we will sail through construction – straight to opening day. I have no doubt that waiting to breathe life into this dream will make the reality that much sweeter. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates as things are about to start happening!
So why the name Redox?
For those of you who never loved Bill Nye, would have sold their first born to skip chemistry in high school, or couldn’t give directions to the bio labs in college, bear with me.
Redox (short for reduction–oxidation reaction) is a chemical reaction in which the oxidation states of atoms are changed. In general, redox reactions involve the transfer of electrons between chemical species by way of a reduction process and a complementary oxidation process. The reaction can occur relatively slowly, as in the case of rust, or more quickly, as in the case of fire. On a biological level, your body uses redox reactions (cellular respiration) to create energy (oxidation of glucose). This means even if you’re not the saftey goggles and bubbling beaker type you’re still participating in redox reactions.
In plain English, there is a give and take (of electrons) that happens which begets change. We at Redox CrossFit want to stoke the fire of change not only for the members of our box, but the CrossFit community as well as the community of Anchorage. We plan on organizing volunteer opportunities periodically to give our box members the opportunity to use their fitness to give back to the community. We believe that BOTH the give and the take are integral in the equation of change.
Our ‘mark’ was inspired by the international symbol for oxidizing agents.