On 7/6/2020, the world paused to mourn the loss of an icon in professional sports—Kobe Bryant. While my roots were in New England, where Lakers talk was taboo due to the Celtics rivalry, there was no denying Kobe’s influence even in the world of CrossFit, health and fitness.
Growing up, I may not have been a Lakers fan, but tossing a can or bottle into a recycle bin always came with a “Kobe” because, universally, he was considered the best of our generation. As I delved deeper into basketball, I witnessed Kobe’s farewell game at the Staples Center, an electrifying experience that made me a fan not just of Kobe the Laker but also of Kobe the person.
What captivated me most was his life philosophy—the Mamba Mentality. This mindset resonates with many of us in the CrossFit community because, like Kobe, we strive to live out our health and fitness dreams.
The Mamba Mentality isn’t just about winning championships; it’s about continuous improvement. Kobe’s relentless pursuit of being better every day, every hour, and every second is a mantra that aligns with the spirit of EverProven. In a community that values pushing one’s limits, the idea of not settling for anything less than your best is a powerful motivator.
Even in retirement, Kobe exemplified the Mamba Mentality by exploring new avenues, including winning an Oscar. His dedication to family and the importance of inspiring others parallel the core values we embrace in at our gym.
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do,” said Kobe. This echoes the ethos of EverProven, where personal growth and inspiring others go hand in hand.
Kobe’s work ethic, his unparalleled determination to be the best, is a common thread that connects us. In CrossFit, we understand the significance of pushing beyond our limits, just as Kobe did in his pursuit of greatness.
While Kobe may no longer be with us, his legacy lives on. In the EverProven community, we carry the torch of the Mamba Mentality, implementing it into our workouts, pushing ourselves to new heights, and inspiring others along the way.
As we remember Kobe Bryant, let’s honor his memory by embodying the Mamba Mentality in our fitness journey. Like Kobe, let’s speak success into existence, reaching levels of achievement that transcend time—achieving a form of immortality through the impact we leave on the world.
Kobe’s influence will forever resonate in the hearts and burpees of the EverProven community. Join us in embracing Kobe’s relentless pursuit of greatness. Here’s how;
- **Level Up Workouts:** Challenge yourself daily—set and conquer new fitness goals.
- **Inspire Others:** Share your journey; be the motivation someone else needs.
- **Community Strength:** Support your fellow community members —lift each other to new heights.
Ready to amplify the Mamba Mentality in your life? Lace-up, sweat, inspire and give us a shout.
Matt Michaud, CEO