TOO THIS, TOO THAT…

hs-600x336.jpg

After 10 years in the CrossFit space, and nearly 20 in the fitness industry in general, I've learned to mostly ignore negativity.

There is a lot of it in this area, thanks to the aesthetically driven, unrealistic marketing, exer-tainment promising companies and associated media.

I can ignore all that stuff easily, but occasionally when I hear it from someone that I know I can help, it's a little frustrating....

As a member of our community, you probably don't think any of these things, but your friends and family might.    Hopefully I can give you a little ammunition against misinformation.

It is too competitive.....

.......not if you don't want it to be.  However, you should be competing with yourself.   If not, how do you know if you've improved?

It is too complicated......

.....that's kind of on purpose... if you don't have any challenge, you'll get bored, you won't gain any satisfaction..... and you'll give up.  We love girl scout badges and martial arts belts and framed certificates.   Achieving your first pull up, handstand, or triple digit deadlift feels just as good.

It is too intense....

.....there is no doubt that intensity is a huge part of our training philosophy.  However, we talk about RELATIVE intensity, which means you work to YOUR level.  Even then, some days we barely have any intensity at all, relative or otherwise when our focus is on learning, technique practice, mobility etc.  A well thought out training program should have days where you feel like you can do more, and days where you're calling down the wrath of the gods on your coach to stop the pain......

It is too expensive....

..... compared to what? We all have our inbuilt ideas and prejudices about money.  It's up to you to match the things you want with the price you are prepared to pay.

It's too dangerous.....

I'll tell you what is dangerous...  Sitting on the couch for 30 years....

It's no fun.

You know what?  Some days it can't be fun.  I really wish that establishing a solid fitness routine, a nourishing nutrition practice and a healthy, balanced, well moving body was always fun.  But it's not, and we wouldn't lie to you about it.  Nor would we make it fun, just so that you liked it, if it meant you weren't actually going to make progress.    The interesting thing though? Even on the days that aren't much fun, it appears that those who turn up and get the work done, have some pretty proud smiles on their faces afterwards......

It is too intimidating.....

.....maybe if your only idea of what we do is from CrossFit Games videos.... but no one watches the Tour de France and says to themselves, "I am NEVER going to ride a bicycle, that shit looks crazy!!!"  Same thing here.  Our gym is full of people just like you.

Come and see.

Darren Ellis