The Plain English Version
We utilize a variety of proven techniques to achieve the fittest version of you. The workouts are carefully chosen well in advance of the classes you attend. Much like a teacher must plan their curriculum for the entire year to ensure all the objectives are met, we structure the WOD’s (workout of the day) carefully to make sure you get a broad exposure to a variety of fitness activities. More importantly, we do not post the WOD’s prior to the day they occur so that your body cannot adapt and your mind cannot plan the easy escape. We have all gone to the gym before and thought, “I’ve had a rough day at work, I think I will just go light today and take my time.” There is certainly nothing wrong with giving your body time to recover and we encourage it. The problem is we all tend to give ourselves a break too often. So CrossFit takes all the thinking and control out of the equation by simply saying, “Just show up. We will take care of you from there.” Make no mistake, we cannot workout for you. It takes a lot of hard work to achieve the fittest version of you, but that does not mean it has to be torture getting there. Working out in small groups has a tremendous advantage over working out with a personal trainer or as patron # 546 in a globo-gym where nobody even knows you are there. Although we have team exercises, the vast majority of the sport of CrossFit is you vs your previous best attempt. Having a coach to guide you and keep you safe while your classmates cheer you on is a great way to work your tail off and smile the whole way through. Getting “Fit” does not have to be boring, hard to understand, embarrassing, or require some advanced knowledge on how to use 40 different machines. It simply requires a bit of determination and a willingness to let go just a little. Trust us, once you get CrossFit, you will never go back. That’s why we say, “You Rock. We know.” You are already a CrossFit athlete. Every time you stand up from the couch, you perform a squat. Every time you put the dishes away in a cabinet above your head, you are performing a press. If you throw a little hip action in to get the holiday decorations put away, you are performing a push press. Basically, if you are performing a functional movement (the stuff we do daily), there is a CrossFit exercise that will make you better at it. Simply put, CrossFit is the fitness of life.
The Technical Version
From Foundations, courtesy of CrossFit, Inc:
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.
The CrossFit Program was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. Our athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess. CrossFit has proven effective in these arenas.
Aside from the breadth or totality of fitness the CrossFit Program seeks, our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies.
Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle, and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways.
We train our athletes in gymnastics from rudimentary to advanced movements garnering great capacity at controlling the body both dynamically and statically while maximizing strength to weight ratio and flexibility. We also place a heavy emphasis on Olympic Weightlifting having seen this sport’s unique ability to develop an athletes’ explosive power, control of external objects, and mastery of critical motor recruitment patterns. And finally we encourage and assist our athletes to explore a variety of sports as a vehicle to express and apply their fitness.
First, thank you so much for sharing your time with us. I started my career in fitness a little earlier than most. At 9 years old, my parents enrolled me in a karate program. It literally changed my life, and by 13, I had obtained my black belt. I began teaching soon after and developed a love for being in front of class and making a positive impact in people’s lives. During college, I worked as a facilities manager for the University of Georgia’s Ramsey Fitness Center. I learned to play everything from racquetball to badminton, jumped from the 10m high dive platform, and even swung on ropes into the big foam pits in the gymnastics training room. What I remember most from those days was how much fun it can be to be active and physically fit.
In the years since college, I was a firefighter for the 6th busiest department in the country, married an amazing woman (see below), obtained my master’s degree in Executive Leadership, lost my mother to a hard fought battle with breast cancer, and moved to Trinity to start a family. However, life had another surprise for me and I soon found myself in Iraq working as a combat firefighter for 15 months. I spent the majority of my time working in the Training Division as an instructor to the incoming firefighters. It wasn’t the best of places to be, but it did introduce me to CrossFit. It did not take me long to realize I wanted to open a CrossFit box. After careful planning and a lot of hard work, U R CrossFit opened its doors on January 8th, 2011 and we have never looked back. It has been an amazing ride for the past 2 years and I hope you take the time to come out and try one of our free classes on Saturday at 9am. Remember, not all CrossFit affiliates are the same. We pride ourselves on running a family-friendly box where the workouts are intense as you allow them to be, but in a safe and controlled environment.
I am a Registered Dietitian and self-proclaimed endurance athlete and have been running races for over 20 years. The half marathon is my favorite distance. Until recently, I believed that the endurance athlete was the fittest athlete. Then, my husband introduced me to CrossFit. I became a believer in the CrossFit methodology when I attempted Fran (a CrossFit favorite, click here for a video) for the first time. As a Registered Dietitian and a CrossFit Instructor, I am not only able to help coach people through a WOD (workout of the day), but am also able to assist people in adopting a nutrition plan that will foster continued success.