FACT: Life isn't easy and it was never supposed to be
To meet life's challenges (and win) you're going to need a strong and capable body. You're also going to need to be mentally tough
That's what CrossFit does:
- It makes you physically stronger, and it makes you mentally tougher.
- It prepares you to excel at life and it’s daily activities.
- It prepares you to handle the unknown and the unknowable.
- It increases your tolerance for discomfort, which in turn, increases your levels of resilience -> your ability to bounce back after adversity
Functional Capacity - You're either developing it or you're losing it...
As people get older, they become decrepit -> they lose functional capacity. They become frail and weak, loose their balance, fall over, and break their hips = #gameover
Unfortunately we’re starting to see people in their twenties, succumbing to decrepitude. They have little to no physical capacity or mental toughness. They fold under the slightest bit of pressure and are more susceptible to depression and anxiety - they have no resilience
The aim of CrossFit is to fight decrepitude -> Our goal is to help you build functional capacity - we seek to improve and increase your:
By training those skills on a daily basis
The CrossFit Prescription
Constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity.
Sure, but what does that all mean?
- CONSTANTLY VARIED
- FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS
- HIGH INTENSITY
Constantly varied: Do something different every day
We do kettle bell swings, barbells complexes, dumbbell thrusters. We do back squats, front squats, OH squats and deadlifts. We run, row, crawl and jump up on and over things. We skip, do push-ups, pull-ups and play on monkey bars. We swing sledgehammers, drag sleds and slam dead balls. We do muscle-ups, snatches, clean and jerks and handstand push-ups.
We believe that training a wide variety of different movements increases your ability to do the known and unknown tasks that you may encounter on a daily basis.
Functional Movements: The stuff you do every day
Functional movements are movements that you use every day - we focus on the squat as the foundation movement and yes, we squat to below parallel. That may not happen on your first session but we think it's something worth working towards. You use it when you get out of a bed in the morning and every single time you get off the toilet.
Watch a 2 year old go pick up a toy and you'll witness a perfect squat. Somewhere along the way we forgot how to move properly. We'll spend time teaching you how to do that again or perhaps, for the very first time.
It doesn't matter if you're a fire fighter attending the scene of an accident or a soccer mum carrying her groceries to the car. It's the things we do in the gym on a daily basis that prepare you for whatever life has in store for you.
You guys don't use machines… is that safe?
There are no machines in our gym because we think that your body should stabilise your own movements. We believe in compound, multi-joint, multi-muscle movements over isolated single joint/single muscle movements (eg. body building) So chin-ups over bicep curls and back squats over a leg press -> Don't use machines become one 😉
High intensity: It's all relative
Intensity is the key to results and it's why CrossFit is one of the most effective methodol
Intensity can come from a lifting a heavy weight or from lifting a lighter weight for more repetitions. It can come from a sustained effort or it can come from short, fast-paced effort
Most importantly intensity is relative. Eg. What may be intense for a well conditioned athlete will be different to a pregnant woman in her second trimester (and yes, we train both…)
Your safety is our first priority so we'll teach you how to move properly before we load you up with substantial weight. We'll make sure that you're moving well on a consistent basis before we introduce you to anything like intensity
Mechanics first -> Consistency second -> and Intensity last