This guest blog post comes from the heart of someone that’s been with us since pretty much the beginning. From day one, he’s been loud, positive, smiling, hugging, and racing it out. This week, he left us for greener (or at least flatter) pastures. He’ll be missed, never replaced, and always in our hearts. Ladies and gents, I present to you the one and only, Joshua Grubbs:
My name’s Josh, I’m in the Army and have been living in DC and going to grad school (Thanks for paying your taxes!). I started coming to NP in November 2013 after Emily and Brennan both told me about it; I always try to get a secondary independent check on good ideas! Since then, I’ve been pretty regular on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Flag Day, March of the Penguins, ECSDC….
Thanks to the Friday workouts, I feel like I know DC pretty well (particularly for someone who lives all the way in Virginia)! What keeps me coming back is THE PEOPLE: your motivation to show up, energy to race it out, and willingness to interact with other humans. A combination I expect in the military but which is special and needed in society, particularly in our nation’s capital where things can get serious and demoralizing pretty quick. As I head back out to the Army, this tribe will be the thing I miss the most about my time in DC and I’m grateful to have been a part of our community. I’m sure I’ll take a lot of the exercises and enthusiasm you’ve provided with me and hopefully make my new unit a better place to belong. Until I find some wild leader types to bring NP to Kansas City, I will return to my Team RWB (Red, White, and Blue) roots and would recommend checking them out for anyone unfortunate enough to move to a tribeless city. They have a less intense vibe but are just as interested in free fitness and strengthening communities, while also keeping military veterans healthy and getting them plugged into society. Y’all are awesome, keep up the good work, put your butts to the ground on hoisties, and don’t stop until the workout is over! Beat Navy.