For more than a decade CrossFit has been producing unparalleled results for hundreds of thousands of people, all while training groups of 10 – 50 athletes at a time and adhering to the premise that the movement needs of your grandmother don’t differ from an NFL player by type, but by degree. This is true to an extent, but the road map to the achievement of these movement principles is going to be very different for your grandmother than an NFL player.
The reality is your grandmother spends 23 hours a day in vastly different positions than an elite athlete. And, depending on her history, she probably spent the majority of life performing physical tasks very different than an elite athlete. So her journey into proper movement could, and should, be vastly different. Humans are born with asymmetries and, as we move through our lives, in most cases those asymmetries become more pronounced and favored. As a result, when we begin a program that focuses on proper mechanics, that program should ultimately attempt to address and correct these inadequacies and imbalances prior to vigorously loading “functional movement.”
CrossFit coaches live and breathe our sport and the power it has to change lives. For most of us it’s the reason we began coaching. To us, it’s not a job, it’s a calling. It’s an opportunity to share knowledge and improve others in a previously unprecedented way in the fitness industry. This community continues to grow despite criticism from opposing organizations and has even produced one of the largest amateur sporting events in the world, The CrossFit Games. But, like everything else, evolution and innovation sustain growth. Education and continued efforts to improve programming and client experience are quickly reshaping the industry and bringing CrossFit out of the garage gyms and warehouses and into world of household names and family get-togethers.
It’s in that vein that more and more gyms are focusing on the individual and their personal journey to fitness, creating programs that deliver results in ways we never could have imagined. Creating individual avenues to performance, function and aesthetics while keeping classes and communities running won’t be easy, but it’s a challenge we’re excited to undertake. It’s our vision for the future.
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