Whenever you hear the word cross training what is the first thing that comes to mind? Probably a bunch of adjectives describing what you’ve seen at the CrossFit games, right? Intense, crazy, impossible…men who look like the Spartans from 300 and the ladies are not far behind. But these stereotypical images of cross-training-focused athletes really only represent 1% of people who do this work.
So what about the other 99%, the ones who work out for quality of life over competition? Our community fitness gym is full of mothers, fathers, accountants, teachers, bankers, police officers, firefighters, grandparents…people from all walks of life. What about them? Why do they do it?
What if I told you there is more to community athletics than fitness? Cross-training prepares you for life, and I don’t just mean physically but mentally as well. Once you step onto that gym floor all the hierarchies of life disappear. Our high-intensity, functional, dynamic workout model takes the millionaire CEO and the cashier from your local grocer and says show me what you are made of.
All that ultimately matters is your inner drive and the conversation between your inner self and the person you are striving to become. There is a beautiful thing that happens when you strip away all the BS and ask a group of people to just suffer together. Now when I say suffer, most will think I mean that negatively, when in reality I mean the exact opposite. The bond and sense of community that our training philosophy bestows on its members is why so many of our community stick with it. Working out is hard no matter what style you choose to do, but when you do it with a group of people who are there to support you as a person and not just an athlete, it can make all the difference.
Community fitness helps develop the mindset of embracing the hard work, the pain, the difficult situation; and that all translates to your life outside the gym. Training finds all the holes in your game and forces you to get better. Our whole mantra is to prepare you for any situation life can throw at you. This is why people who resonate with cross-sport training programs love to talk about them, because they found they can stop shying away from the hard stuff. They learned to embrace the fact that life is just a series of challenging obstacles and the quality of outcome is based on how you manage them. A fitness community makes the difficult suck less…it’s as simple as that.
I was always a fit guy. 9+ years of gym experience and I played every sport you can play through high school. I could have just kept pounding away on the bicep curls and bench press and been just fine.
When I first heard about it I laughed. Who in their right mind would do something so stupid? I had never been to a class or even seen a cross-training gym but my mentality towards it was VERY negative. Ignorance is an amazing thing and unfortunately it kept me away from what I needed most. Throughout my life, my favorite way to deal with stress or adversity was through substance or cowardice. I always took the easy way out, manipulating and self-medicating for years. So, when I discovered this kind of fitness I wasn’t looking for a fix, but just happened into it by coincidence.
I walked into my first class, and I immediately began sizing everyone up, overly confident I would beat everyone else through the workout. The coach went over the last few directions and then started the clock. I heard 3…2…1….GO! After that everything kind of went black and next thing I knew I looked around and realized I was dead last and hadn’t even completed the workout. At first I was embarrassed. Looking around the room you would think I was the fittest one in class, but this was far from the truth. Every single person in that room not only cheered me on as the time cap completed, but immediately came over afterward and congratulated me on a job well done. This was the moment I fell in love. All it took was one workout to show me that it was my mentality that needed work the most.
Community training forces you to step up your game not only physically but mentally as well. It helped me attack life instead of run from it, to embrace the hard work instead of ignore it. It gave me a place to just pit me against me. Now this is my release and I walk out stronger every day with no need to drown out life’s obstacles. Through training in a community I overcame them all, and my story is far from unique. Every person in our gym has their own story. I invite you to come see for yourself…maybe a new chapter in your story is waiting to be told.
Ian Ciurej, Owner
Our coaching staff is made up of a dynamic group of trainers, all certified and committed to helping you achieve your goals in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere.
Please get in touch with any questions, and remember the first week is on us. Just try it!