You will be hard pressed to enter a CrossFit gym these days and the topic of the Games NOT come up. Whether this is a conversation you end up having with a fellow athlete in your home gym or at a facility that you are merely “dropping into,” people are interested in talking about “their” sport.
One of the most interesting points of truth expressed by the commentators and journalists covering the 2013 Games (The CrossFit Games) season was “why” so many people fall in love with the games. The example is simple and honest.
“When a 35 year old man is watching an NFL game on Sunday, chances are he hasn’t been on the field for over 15-20 years. When a 35 year old man (or woman!) is watching the Games on ESPN, chances are the last time they participated in a CrossFit workout/event was THAT very morning.”
With so much excitement bubbling around the games, the competitors, and (as of late) “HOW” they got to where they are now, people have been slowly leaning away from the true virtues of CrossFit training and nutrition in an attempt to be the “Next big thing.” People are following training regimes that only slightly mimic CrossFit training, and eating far outside the proven Paleo and Zone walls.
When it comes to training our athletes for the unknown and the unknowable (ie. “Life”), unadulterated CrossFit is truly the best option. It is the ideal marriage of Strength, Capacity, Conditioning and Flexibility and anyone has yet to appropriately disprove the effectiveness of a well balanced CrossFit regime. CrossFit is the best way to teach speed to up and coming athletes, as well as build bone density in our mature clients. These truths lead us to one BIG sentiment:
“YOU are Training for LIFE, NOT the Games”
With the exception of 2 or 3 people within our walls, (THIS is when you must give yourself a gut check) chances are you will not be featured at the Home Depot Center on ESPN next July. *We know, you just choked on your peanut butter and jelly infused post-workout concoction that you were sure was going to be the missing link in your upcoming Games training cycle.*
For this reason, we do not simply jump on training programs that people “claim” will help you get to the Games. (We do however, take bits and pieces from training methodologies [some more than others] and sincere them into our everyday training)
We train you to be better at LIFE. Life oftentimes means that things get more difficult as your progress – thats why we do ascending sets of strength work at times. Life is often times awkward – hence our rationale behind a heavy dominance of barbell work within our facility.
Life requires persistence – the motivation to embrace the high skill movements and master them.
Living a healthy and extended life should be the goal of every athlete within our facility. Even if your goals include brushing shoulders with fellow athletes at the “(__INSERT Random City__) Fitness Throwdown,” if you are truly training for life, you will be prepared no matter the task that is placed in front of you.
This goal is the reason behind our training and the nutrition that we preach. We train barbells because life doesn’t always look like a wall ball. We train burpees because sometimes in life you need to do more than just push yourself off the ground. We teach Paleo and Zone because you won’t live to be 300 years old downing butterfingers and coke zero throughout your 30s.
There is a reason behind what we do, and that reason is your LIFE.