shape I have ever
been in!” - Juan Lopez
new wardrobe!” - Kyra Williams
Follow your custom plan and you will get your desired results within 30 days or we’ll give you your money back.
What is CrossFit, Anyway?
If you are here, you have probably heard the word “CrossFit” being talked about for some time now. You may even have a decent idea of what ‘you think’ CrossFit is. There is A LOT of talk out there about this concept and style of training (some good, some bad) so let me give you my categorical summary – particularly as it relates to CrossFit Ares.
CrossFit as a Fitness Concept – As the name would suggest, CrossFit is all about Cross-Training. The body is a complex system capable of amazing things. The chief aim of CrossFit is to challenge the body in a broad and inclusive manner, because life is broad and inclusive. CrossFit is more generalist than specialist. As such, the workouts are full of variety pulling from all sorts of fitness and athletic concepts from Olympic lifting to Gymnastics. If you want to live a life full of variety and activity … and you want a body that will cooperate and allow for that … well, then CrossFit is definitely a concept to explore.
CrossFit as a Workout – DON’T BE AFRAID! No matter what you have heard or where you are in your fitness journey, PLEASE do not be afraid of CrossFit. The beauty of a well devised workout is that the exercises can be scaled by load, intensity, movement skill and other factors that will allow any person to effectively perform the workout at his or her own level. The key is to choose a CrossFit like CrossFit Ares, with highly qualified trainers and coaches, to ensure you are executing at an appropriate level and are receiving constant feedback and coaching to help you improve every day.
Workouts are typically delivered in a group setting and are segmented into full body warm-ups; skill (or exercise) coaching and then the base ‘Workout Of the Day’ or WOD is performed. Though the workouts are delivered in a group format, you are executing each element independent of others so you will always have the option to go at your speed and your comfort level without impacting anyone else in the class.
CrossFit in terms of Getting Results – What drives results in any training platform is consistency and effort. This is certainly no different for CrossFit. One of our favorite taglines at CrossFit Ares is: “For people who WANT IT!” The workouts are designed to be challenging, because that is what produces results. The people who really ‘want it’ get amazing results … better than any other fitness concept available today. The environment is unlike any you have trained in before. It encourages you to work harder and be more accountable than any other concept I have known. If you just plug yourself in and show up, the results are a foregone conclusion. And anyone who truly ‘wants it’ will do just that.
CrossFit as a Community – There are many large fitness chains and concepts, but none come together like CrossFit. From an annual games competition involving thousands of participants from CrossFit locations across the globe to the people within your primary training facility (often referred to as a “Box”) there has never been a more closely knit fitness community. CrossFitters compete, encourage, gather and celebrate a life that places fitness and personal health in the place of prominence it deserves. They support each other with unyielding loyalty such that once you join the CrossFit community you will never be alone on your fitness journey again.
Is CrossFit Right For Me?
Lots of people want to tell you that their training is right for you … in fact, they would have you believe that their program is right for EVERYONE. They go straight for the boring center and their programs – as well as their results – are mediocre at best.
I am not going to lie to you by trying to place CrossFit in the “everyone” category. CrossFit is most certainly NOT for everyone. In fact, it is for far fewer people than just about any other training concept out there … and that is what makes it so special! CrossFit is a “fringe” workout. If you do it and stay with it, you will transform your body and your life in a way that other concepts only dream about.
So, back to the question, Is CrossFit Right For Me? – The truth is, only you can answer that question … but here are some strong indicators that might help you make that determination:
I am a good candidate for CrossFit if:
- I am serious about getting results and willing to work hard to get them
- I enjoy the camaraderie of a group and the feeling of being a part of a community of like-minded individuals
- I enjoy variety in my training and like mixing things up regularly
- I enjoy the spirit of competition and appreciate what competition brings out in me (watching the Olympics inspires you!)
- I enjoy being active, using my body and, regardless of my current condition, I have a desire to be active and to engage with life.
- The idea of transforming my body and my life gets me all juiced up!
I am a poor candidate for CrossFit if:
- I work out because I know I should, but I don’t really care much about the results
- I would rather train alone and do my own thing. I don’t enjoy being part of a group.
- I relate to the statement “Just let me do my 30 minutes of cardio and get me out of here.”
- I shy away from anything competitive
- I enjoy being a couch potato way more than the idea of getting out and being active
- I am happy with where I am and I just don’t care all that much to change things
In the end, ANYBODY is able to do CrossFit … no matter what their current level of fitness. The body will adapt and change and do what it needs in order to make it through. So you just have to ask yourself: am I a person who wants to live life on the shelf or will I do what it takes to get in the game?
I believe everyone you ask will say they want to get in the game … yet so few are actually willing to do what it takes to really get … in … the … game. The real determining factor is just how bad you want it! How badly do you want to change? How badly do you want results? Because if you want it … if you really, really want it … then there is no better program for you!