No one ever sold me on CrossFit. The day after the first time I stepped in a box was the last time I ever set foot in a traditional “gym,” and I did so to cancel my membership. Years later, coaching at an affiliate is my “full time job,” although if you ask me I’d tell you I never feel like I’m at work. As much as I’ve never been sold on CrossFit, I’ve never had to be a salesman either. Allow me to tell you why.
CrossFit is it’s own animal in that it’s philosophy is a standalone work of undisputed originality. You’ve seen it on T-shirts, “Constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity” and then printed on the back “Increase work capacity across broad time and modal domains.” What does all that mean? How does that translate to the everyday athlete? In two words, no ceilings. Due to the scalability within our methodology’s construct even the highest level competitor can continually be challenged by increasing the degree of difficulty found in a coach’s programming. Those seemingly insurmountable plateaus in personal progress one would encounter when performing isolation-based lifts and simple cardio figuratively vanish. In the same vein our ability to adapt workout specifications, be it load, rep scheme or movement, enables us to welcome athletes newer to fitness and comfortably escort them towards wellness. No matter your finish line looks like, whether it’s fat loss, lean muscle growth or to simply improve the overall quality of life those standards we hold ourselves to rigorously insure success.
That’s a lot to take in. There’s some fancy jargon in that last paragraph. Underneath it all is a support system, a community forged by fitness, comprised of individuals who have found immense self-worth by investing in their own health. You’ll find that CrossFit coaches as a whole know their athletes like pastors know their parishioners. This is because we truly care. For most of us, this craft is all we do. There’s no gimmick, there’s no front desk attendant who never remembers your name. There is only familiar faces, the opportunity for accomplishment and undying encouragement.
People ask me all the time, “Why CrossFit?”
“What else is there?” I say.