Crossfit; A Fitness Revolution
Crossfit, the brainchild of Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai, the fitness revolution that started in 2000 is the antithesis of the high dollar, ritzy, equipment laden mausoleums loaded with Lululemon ladies. It is about function rather than form, HOW you train and not WHERE you train. Glassman puts it this way,
“We want to fuel a revolution in fitness that advocates the pursuit of function, not form — that measures performance, not anatomy. We want rings and bumper plates in our gyms, not machines. We believe that where you train is less important than how you train and that who you train with matters more than what gear you have. We know this can be done in little boxes and we’ve proven that the garage is as good an environment as any for Forging Elite Fitness®.”
Crossfit at the River Valley Club
Crossfit has programs for the young and old, from the ‘not so fit’ to the ‘Uber-fit’ and everything in between. Their instructors are all certified and it’s not about how you look but how you perform. I happened to be invited to the River Valley Club by my daughter, Victoria, who was participating in the Michael Murphy Foundation Fundraiser.
Crossfit is defined as “constantly varied, intense, functional exercise”. What’s really cool about it is that there’s really no limit to the different types of exercises you can do, it’s only limited to the imagination. And like I mentioned earlier, the instructors are all certified and will personally taylor a workout program for every individual.
The “Murph” WOD (workout of the day) for the fundraiser consists of a one mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and another one mile run while wearing a 20 lb weight vest or body armor. The goal is to do it in a certain time frame but because of the various programs, some people just want to complete the whole program, while others may substitute exercises. It’s all about what you can do and pushing yourself to the next level.
You always hear people say, “Think outside the Box” and the same holds true for the Crossfit folks. But while they think “outside the box”, they advocate working out “inside the box”! The point being that you don’t need tons of expensive equipment, the box could actually be your garage. Apparently the trend is catching on as you will find CrossFit gyms located in 142 countries across 7 continents. Sounds like just a wee bit more than a “fad”.
I think the biggest takeaway for me was how much of a community the Crossfit devotees were. It seemed more like a family rather than a collection of gym rats. People as interested in rooting on others as in their own performance. I didn’t see any $600 workout suits but I did see people young and old, of varying degrees of fitness, working to improve. Pretty Cool. If it sounds like something you’re interested in, call Ralph, Chris or Anthony at the River Valley Club 33 Morgan Dr, Lebanon, NH · (603) 643-7720.
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