Has our programming changed? Yes, want to know why?
#1: Conditioning has the most carry-over to good biomarkers. Our goal is to help you live long, functional, disease-free lives. Conditioning has the strongest correlation to the biomarkers that move people from ‘sickness’ to ‘wellness’. As such, is the best possible shield against chronic disease, which kills 7 in 10 Americans. Whether you want to lose body fat, gain lean body mass, lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, or decrease inflammation, conditioning-biased programming will get you there faster.
#2: Regular members and competitors have different goals and different needs. To succeed in the sport of CrossFit, competitors need to develop what is called the Three Headed Monster—strength, skills and engine. Of the three, strength takes the longest to develop, which is why our competitors tend to lift every day. You are different. You aren’t trying to compete. Your goals don’t involve the Open or anything that comes after it. You train to live long, healthy, productive lives (and maybe look good naked along the way). When the barbell does come up in class, nailing the prescribed stimulus is far more important than using the prescribed weights. You are going to get stronger, but it will happen gradually and with significantly less risk.
#3: We’re still going to have strength days! While the majority of class programming is conditioning-biased, we still program at least two strength-bias days per week. These days resemble the familiar strength-followed-by-metcon class format, and the lesson plans are written to emphasize the weightlifting. Crank up the Pitbull and enjoy.
#4: Conditioning-biased programming creates better classes. When multiple pieces are crammed into one 60-minute class, coaching becomes more about clock management than actual coaching. You might feel like you’re getting a lot done, but you don’t realize what you’re not getting—coaching. Having a single conditioning piece a few days per week allows us to spend more time doing what we do best. We can take the classes through elaborate snatch progressions. We can dig into rope climb technique. Best of all, we can oversee the kind of controlled practice that leads to better movement, increased confidence, and greater intensity. In other words, conditioning-biased programming improves the quality of our gym’s product. Yeah YOU.
#5: Conditioning-biased programming is CrossFit. The stated goal of CrossFit by CrossFit is increased work capacity, which is just another way of saying conditioning. CrossFit’s founder, Greg Glassman, says, “We would not trade improvements in any other fitness metric for a decrease in work capacity.” Conditioning is the foundation upon which everything else (including strength) is built, and prioritizing it is the most authentic expression of CrossFit. Here is the link
What is CrossFIt though?
CrossFit is a fitness program focused on maximizing a persons potential in strength, cardiovascular endurance, respiratory endurance, power, speed, stamina, flexibility, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. In other words, general all-around athleticism. By using constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity, we can improve the physical fitness, or
what we call general physical preparedness, in everyone from elite athletes to sedentary office workers, kids to seniors.
CrossFit is a broad and inclusive program encompassing the standards you would expect; weightlifting, body weight exercises, and traditional cardio. However the magic of CrossFit also calls for Olympic lifting, climbing, throwing, basic tumbling, and gymnastics. It taxes both the aerobic and the anaerobic energy systems. Isolation movements have no place here, we focus on whole body, functional movement patterns that occur in activities of daily living. Core strength may be a contemporary buzzword but it is a foundation of our program. CrossFit makes us better general athletes and allows us to specialize outside of the gym, be it on the track, the court, or the streets.
Everyone can do CrossFit but CrossFit is not for everyone. Lets be honest, CrossFit is hard work. There will be no magazine reading while pedaling here. The people who thrive from CrossFit are committed to hard work, dedicated to
consistency, willing to try without fear of failure, and eager for challenge. Rarely will you do the same workout twice. Routine is our enemy and will lead to mediocrity, complacency, and injury. For those of you whose lives depend on your fitness; law enforcement, military, and first responders,CrossFit is what you need to be doing. Talk to us and we will explain why we so strongly believe in this. Of course our belief is that CrossFit is the ultimate training program as it can be tailored to suit anyone and any fitness level. Think you are up to the challenge? Call or email us to arrange a time to stop by. CrossFit is an art that must be experienced to be truly understood. We look forward to helping you reach your fitness goals.