Once again the holiday season is quickly approaching! It is a time of year to reflect on what we are thankful for. I believe for many of us that includes the amazing community we have here at Mad Apple. There’s something about stepping inside the doors of Mad Apple that feels like family. We are definitely no ordinary gym. Every year since Mad Apple’s beginnings in 2013, I can fondly remember the 12 Days of Thankfulness WOD we do on Thanksgiving morning. It’s one of those grindy workouts that feels like it will never end, yet comes with the most satisfying sense of completion when it ends! You will definitely earn your big meal after that one. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you are in for a treat this year! I also fondly remember Mad Apple owners Bobby and Brandie opening their doors to me and other Mad Apple members on Thanksgiving to share a meal when we didn’t have family in town. It’s memories like these that I cherish the most when I reflect on the past 9 years I’ve spent at Mad Apple. Our community has grown since then, only making those feelings of family, new connections, and fondness more complete. This place is something that will always be a part of me. There is just something about coming together to get stronger and healthier, even if that means suffering together! We are always together in it, never alone. That’s what makes Mad Apple so special, and something I will always be thankful for. Cheers to many more Thanksgivings together!