Why CrossFit?

Adapt is a licensed CrossFit Affiliate, and we have been since 2009

We believe in the CrossFit prescription and at a time when there are so many “Functional Fitness” options out there, I guess the real question is why should you check out Adapt?

“I love CrossFit – It’s literally changed my life and the the lives of our many of our members. Adapt is about way more than just losing weight and building muscle although the people who train here, achieve those things on regular basis…”

Ben – Coach & Owner

We’re regular, every-day people who come together each day (sometimes more), to develop our physical fitness and mental toughness with an hours worth of physical training

The workouts we do are both physically and mentally challenging – sometimes because it’s heavy, and sometimes because the movement is difficult, but almost always, because it reveals a weakness

But that’s a good thing, because life can be tough and to overcome life’s challenges, you’ll need to be humble, disciplined, strong and mentally tough

And that’s what CrossFit does:

  • It makes you physically stronger, and mentally tougher
  • It prepares you to excel at life and its challenges
  • It prepares you to handle the unknown and the unknowable
  • It increases your tolerance for discomfort, which in turn, increases your levels of resilience -> eg. your ability to bounce back after adversity
  • It forges positive character traits like discipline, humility and respect

Fighting Decrepitude

As people get older, they become decrepit -> they lose functional capacity. They become frail and weak, they loose their balance, fall over, and break their hips = GAME OVER 🙁

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:

  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Endurance
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Accuracy

And we do that by training those skills on a daily basis

What Is The CrossFit Prescription?

Constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity

Sure, but what does that all mean?

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 methodologies around and no, F45 and HIIT isn’t CrossFit

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