10.12.17// Why CrossFit for Harvest CrossFit?
Thrusters 95/65 & Pull-Ups
Where do you go home to for guidance or information? Does your vocation have a source that is the ending authority? Where can you go to get just about any problem answered or addressed? Example, Christianity has the Bible. For a law maker or judge, the constitution. As an English major in college, I always had to keep the updated MLA Handbook close by. There is a ton of information just floating around. A lot of it good, a lot of it bad, and just making that distinction is even tough because there's a lot of good information that becomes bad with the wrong context or pretenses. As CrossFit Coaches, Mac and I rest our training philosophy on the CrossFit Level-1 Training guide. In a world where everyone has their own opinion now about training, it's hard to wade through and decide which direction to take. We prefer not to be tossed about, which is why rather than interpreting what CrossFit prescribes, we let CrossFit's prescription interpret us.
World-class Fitness in 100 Words. Greg Glassman -2002
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
Articles like these from Greg Glassman are a jumping off point, but they're also a home to return to. It's all open sourced and free information, as it should be. We would welcome anyone to read or study the training guide and even question us. The more informed you guys are about your training, the better we'll be as a community!
"If the information is free, and you've taken the training, then why do you pay the affiliation fee? Why don't you just call it HIIT training or Cardio Extreme Boots Camp or something?" Our life change through CrossFit was monumental. The larger global community played a large part in that, and we feel obligated to share that with all of you. So yes, if CrossFit inc. were to for some reason go under, Devin and MacLarin and the other coaches could certainly still train you just as effectively, but our yearly affiliation is a small debt we gladly pay. If anyone thinks they would be doing Thrusters, burpees, and rowing all together for time without CrossFit first suggesting it, they're just kidding themselves.
I truly think that we're beyond the idea that this is all just a fad. It may be for you personally. Some people will call this just a season of their life, but even if they do, it will be memorable. Once you've tasted your potential fitness, it's hard to subscribe to something less potent. There are plenty of pursuits more fun than CrossFit, but rather than a fad, it's become a fixture. Making fun of your wiggly pull-ups has become antiquated, and we do less and less defending of the brand.
I just get excited about all of this. One day we'll talk about a time when our technology got the best of us and actually shortened our life spans, but then we turned it back around and greatly improved our standards of life and wellness, which was spearheaded by CrossFit! So if you're the top 5 on the whiteboard every day, or you're just trying to make it in 3 days a week (or skipping out on Row 5k+Run 5k), you're partaking in something special!