Whenever I’m asked to explain what I do or “What is CrossFit?” I typically begin with the textbook definition:
“Constantly Varied Functional Movement Executed at High Intensity”
I then proceed into an extended monologue that could easily be distilled into two words:
My heart behind this article is to elaborate a little on these two words and share with you my vision as we move forward in this new season at CrossFit Stronghold.
Re: Results Quite simply it JUST works. Case in point:
Yes, indeed. That’s me on December 6 2006. 5’4″ tall, 195lbs, 34″ waist, bloated gut, no neck, and not happy at all. Probably couldn’t run 30 yards without feeling like I was going to pass out. Today I weigh 165lbs, have a 29″ waist, and though I think that ties are anti CrossFit (they are non-functional and restrict range of motion) I wear them upon occasion simply because I can.
My sister, as mentioned in her trainer bio, lost 75lbs after her second baby.
I love CrossFit because it produces real and functional results. It makes you better at EVERYTHING you do.
When I went to my CrossFit coaches training I completely nerded out (and I still do on a daily basis) on all the cool research and hard data that CrossFit has accumulated over the years about human performance and training. With that in mind, I’m Bringing Back The Girls. For those of you who may be new to CrossFit, you can get acquainted with them at the CrossFit.com Main Site. The short of it is that every other week we will be doing one of the CrossFit benchmark workouts. We will then revisit each one every 2-3 months so that we can measure your improvement. I mean seriously…what’s the point in doing something to better yourself if you can’t measure your results?
This is a CrossFit staple. I love watching the old CrossFit videos that have an elite athlete, an average joe, a couple college girls, and a grandma doing the same workout at the same time. Those videos paint a quintessential image of the heart behind CrossFit:
“The needs of a Navy Seal and your grandma differ only in degree not kind.”
While Reebok and the CrossFit Games have done a lot to increase CrossFit’s visibility beyond the local boxes, I feel like the hype has, in a way, clouded a foundational tenet that makes CrossFit so great. Because of it, many people seeing CrossFit for the first time are led to believe that CrossFit is only for the elite athlete. When the actual truth is that CrossFit is for everybody.
As a CrossFit box owner and coach, my focus isn’t on producing a stable of elite athletes. If I end up coaching one or two people that end up competing at the games, that would be cool. But quite honestly, my joy comes from helping regular people: nurses, lawyers, servicemen, students, moms of young and teenage children, and especially grandmas improve their quality of life. I’ll say it again, CrossFit makes you better…at EVERYTHING. And a fundamental reason behind this is CrossFit’s foundational emphasis on scalability. For this reason, every Workout of the Day (WOD) will be programmed in such a way that it will challenge the veterans and still be accessible to the first timer or for those with special needs.
So, if you’re reading this article and wondering “Is CrossFit for me?” I emphatically, jumping up and down, say “YES!”
Every athlete, (YES, YOU in one sense or another are an athlete, contrary to what you or anyone else may say about you) is different. While we all have the same fundamental needs, meeting those needs may require a different path for one person than it would for another. Some people need more work than others. As a coach, I am committed to helping you get there as well as fostering a community of athletes that have a heart to help each other.
If you think you’re beyond help, Try me. I can’t take credit for this, but ask those who know me… I have an uncanny, God-given level of patience and would love nothing more than to help you overcome your personal challenges. Just come with a willing attitude and a teachable spirit and we’ll be good to go. It’s because of scalability that we can meet the needs of even the most out of shape or physically challenged. And it’s by scalability and dedication that we can achieve results.