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“RADD’s Not a Location, It’s In Your Heart.” Blog by Ernie Ponce

“RADD’s Not a Location,
It’s In Your Heart.”

So…there is this very wise man, a kick-ass athlete and all around righteous dude by the name of Bruce Dannan.  He offered the above quote at the tail end of a Zoom meeting on May 16, 2020, that was hosted by Rob, Dan & Diana.  The meeting was about the future of RADD, the plans to close the doors of its location at 220B Glen Cove Avenue, and continue with its online presence….at least for now…and for a while….until new doors open whenever and wherever that may be.

So while this news was met with some concern and worry and a sense of loss & sadness (I’m not crying, you’re crying), it was also met with acceptance, adaptation, resilience and support.  And, here’s the cool thing…it was met with support not only for these 3 incredible people who created this awesome thing called RADD, but I’ve also witnessed how many of us have stepped up our game in support of each other as members of RADD.  Yes…support of each other.

And why is that?  

Why did that happen, and why should that continue to happen?  

And why should we, now more than ever before, strive to rally the troops, circle the wagons, and actually bring more people into our circle?  

For me, the answer boils down to one word:  Community.

Well, actually, two words:  Community and Connection.

Umm, now that I think of it, actually three words:  Community, Connection and Love.

The sense of Community and the feelings of Connection and Love that are associated with it…well, those are some of the basic human needs we have.  

Without them, we’re alone…disconnected…isolated; those are some of the factors that contribute to symptoms of anxiety and depression.  They feed fear.  Fear begets hate.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with all of its uncertainty, forced isolation and lack of physical connection because of social distancing, there’s been a marked increase in people worldwide struggling with anxiety and depression. And with the awakening of so many of us to the need for authentic equality among all of God’s children, bringing into the fold all our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters & sons, we come to recognize that through Community, we are all interconnected through Love.  It can be the antidote to fear; the antidote to hate.

Community, Connection and Love can serve as protective factors against anxiety, depression, fear and hate.  And guess what, my friends?  We, as members of the RADD Community have an abundance of Connection and Love.

We have the capacity to say to Anxiety “No, not today.  Cause I’m gonna work out and I know I’ll feel better and feel less anxious afterwards.” 

We have the capacity to say to Depression “Not you either.  Cause I’m gonna connect with family and friends.  My sense of belonging and love can help me overcome this sadness I feel.”

And we have the capacity to say to Fear & Hate “No, there is nothing to fear or hate. Certainly not from others, because once they are in our Community, we can all know Love.”

So it falls upon each of us to nurture and grow our Community, to strengthen our sense of Connection and Love for one another.  We owe it to our Community.  We owe it to RADD.  We owe it to ourselves.

And yes, Bruce Dannan, you’re absolutely right.  

RADD is not a location; it’s in all our hearts.

Ernie Ponce, LMSW
Psychotherapist
Fitness Enthusiast

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Chemnitz Daniel
23:53 21 Nov 20
I have been a member at RADD for two and a half years. The owners and coaches are knowledgeable and passionate about... what they do. The individual attention provided to their members is what has given me the confidence, motivation and accountability to reach my fitness and nutrition goals. Although a Crossfit gym, they are much more. They strive to provide individual support when it comes to fitness, nutrition and mindsetread more
brian Rosen
brian Rosen
21:34 21 Oct 20
I’ve been a member at Radd CrossFit since 2013. The coaches are all knowledgeable and supportive of all members no... matter what level you are at in your nutrition and physical journey. The members at Radd are like family members and the entire community is extremely supportive! Through group classes, accountability coaching and one on one coaching I have learned valuable nutrition and exercise lessons that I can utilize for life. I highly recommend starting your fitness journey at Radd!read more
Diane Yodice
Diane Yodice
15:44 14 Oct 20
If I can describe the philosophy of RADD in a few words it would be, "You can do it!" This may sound like a common... phrase, but RADD lives by this philosophy from workouts, to eating, to lifestyle changes, and to overall mental and emotional health. RADD cares about the WHOLE person and helps you to achieve your goals. They treat you like family and they care about their people. Every coach works with you at your own pace and caters workouts to what you can do, and then pushes you to your next level. At first a CrossFit workout seemed like an impossibility to me but I once I took the plunge, I loved it because RADD made me feel that I can do it. Since every workout is structured to your abilities and what challenges you, everyone feels welcome in group settings and everyone supports each other. The RADD family helped me to become a better me both inside and out!read more
Laura Kaveney
Laura Kaveney
18:19 13 Oct 20
I recently joined RADD after moving from the city to Glen Cove, and so far the experience has been great! The owners... and staff have been incredibly welcoming, from the moment I requested information Dan reached out to me immediately (like, within a minute of pressing submit) and wanted to learn about my goals as well as what drives me to be fit and healthy. Since it’s a family run business, there’s definitely a personal touch you sense right away, they care a lot about their members and the quality of the space and equipment. With Covid, the safety measures in place have made me feel comfortable, and I’ve really enjoyed the workouts so far. The programming is well balanced and thought out, and it’s been great to help me get back in shape after quarantine. Everyone is super friendly and accommodating, I highly recommend RADD to anyone passing through the area or looking for a new CrossFit gym or fitness community.read more
Arleigh Rothenberg
Arleigh Rothenberg
02:00 14 Sep 20
RADD CrossFit is incredible. I am so impressed by their professionalism, level of expertise, and their ability to meet... the needs of each client, even when each client is at a different point in their fitness journey. The RADD community is equally as amazing. I can feel and see my improvement, and I'm so happy to have joined RADD! Thank you!read more
Sophia Capobianco
Sophia Capobianco
01:27 03 Feb 20
A very welcoming and supportive community. RADD has taught me all aspects of fitness and how to live a healthy... lifestyle. The Coaches that work there dedicate everything to their members and the community. Love the different classes that are accessible to all ages. I have been there for about 3 years and can see myself a life long member.read more
Jeannette Anobile
Jeannette Anobile
14:56 19 Jan 20
I have been going to RADD since October 2018 and have only had wonderful experiences. I started with no prior... experience, the coaches tailored the classes to my ability and helped me get stronger! They are truly a community! Every coach is approachable and understanding. Rob, Dan and Diana really do want the absolute best for their members. The nutrition support is amazing. They inspire you to work to your best. I have seen amazing changes and improvements to my body. Thank you RADD!read more
Sierra Werz
Sierra Werz
15:25 18 Jan 20
So grateful for RADD and their coaches/members, best thing you can do is walk through those doors!!
Richard Olson
Richard Olson
03:21 22 Sep 18
Great gym and amazing workouts! Coaches are professional, knowledgeable and motivating. Members are really friendly... and welcoming.read more
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