Published on August 5th, 2012 | by The Local


Check Your Ego At The Door

Health and fitness is a hot topic right now, and there’s a new mantra on the scene: Forging Elite Fitness via CrossFit. CrossFit is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon; yes, I said it, “worldwide.” CrossFit, Inc. is a sports related fitness organization founded in 2000 and has over 3400 affiliated “boxes” (what CrossFit calls their training spaces) around the globe. Box owners, certified trainers, and individual athletes who perform daily workouts are able to view and post timed results on the CrossFit main website. It’s an interesting concept to be able to measure your level of performance with not only your peers, but with other athletes in your region and around the world.

Crossfit is defined as: a core strength and conditioning program, performing functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity. What exactly does that mean? Well for starters it means, ‘they don’t play.’ CrossFit founder Greg Glassman would better describe the sport this way: ‘We use movements most representative of those found in nature. Functional movements are defined articulately in the article. They use universal motor recruitment patterns. They incorporate core to extremity movement patterns, and they move the body or other objects effectively and efficiently. They are also “compound” (multi-joint) movements, which cannot be reduced.’ Which all breaks down to the fact that there is no wasted movement… ever! The purpose of CrossFit is to incorporate various movements to create a broad range of functional ability. Those movements include Olympic weightlifting, body-weight exercises, gymnastics, rowing,
sprinting, kettle bells, pull-ups, ropeclimbing, etc. The beauty of CrossFit rests in the fact that there is no single or specific type of training; it gives an athlete a broad, balanced capacity for many unique challenges.

While CrossFit may offer an aesthetically pleasing physique, no one I know participates in this sport just to look good, hence, no mirrors. One thing that separates a CrossFit box from a typical gym is you never see a mirror. “In our box, it’s all work,” states Lance Hagler of Circle City CrossFit. “The mirror is not what we’re about.” Toning and building muscle are a by-product of the sport, however, for most athletes true motivation comes from building strength, becoming faster
and just feeling healthier all around. If you ever attend a CrossFit workout or competition you will find that their “face of fitness” comes in all shapes and sizes. Accomplishments are notmeasured by looks.

Of course, as with any sport comes the spirit of competition. In the world of CrossFit, competition during training is dictated by the dreaded white board and time clock. Both can be viewed from anywhere in the box. Entering the CrossFit box, preparing yourself mentally for the unknown challenge ahead, the first thing you seek is the white board. The WOD (workout of the day) is posted on the board along with scattered names of athletes and performance times. No matter if you’re a newbie or well-trained athlete, the white board challenges you every time. As you scan the day’s workout you immediately begin to strategize; peering through names and scores, always trying to surpass your previous work and sometimes seeking to inch past a few friends. Then the controlled anxiety one feels when hearing the countdown of the clock, waiting for your trainers shout, “3…2…1…GO!” Nothing quite compares to the anticipation one feels in that moment.

The unique value of competition in a typical CrossFit box is the camaraderie. “It’s a rewarding feeling to witness someone get their first pull-up after months of practice,” states certified trainer Larry Green. “Those initial gains are monumental and are as rewarding as seeing a seasoned athlete win a competition.” “You cheer for one another because that’s what it takes to succeed.” At some point, it becomes less about winning and more about recognizing and respecting the effort required for each individual to finish. Honestly, having the courage to walk in a CrossFit box and accepting the challenge is winning it itself.

Wherever you are in your search for being healthier, CrossFit could be the answer. For individuals seeking a fun competitive atmosphere, or for non-competitive people looking for a new focus on fitness, it would be a worthwhile endeavor to check it out. Most boxes offer trial classes and scaled versions of the workouts, just to get your feet wet. However, I should warn you; from the perspective of a bookworm/hair dresser and non-athlete, once you’re in … you’re way in and every aspect of your life will change. It’s just that way. CrossFit is demanding, challenging, and requires focus and discipline; as a result, that work ethic and those positive qualities spill over into other areas of your life.

Who of us can’t use a little more of that?


-Kacy Green
Check Out:
Circle City CrossFit.
371 Hostdale Drive Dothan

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