CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.
CrossFit is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains).
CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.
Today, CrossFit, the company, provides accredited training seminars throughout the world. We publish several websites providing extensive free content, including workouts, training and support for becoming fit, as well as a growing Journal of extended instruction. We have a worldwide network of more than 5,500 affiliated gyms and more than 35,000 accredited CrossFit Level 1 trainers. And, we have created the Sport of Fitness, known as the CrossFit Games, where we crown the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth.
Source: CrossFit HQ
I have had the privilege of working with thousands of clients over the years at multiple locations, and feel that the approach I have come up with now is one that can cater to anyone, of any skill level, with no experience, or a ton of experience.
One thing I do want to make perfectly clear however, is that CrossFit is a SPORT. Yes, CrossFit is the sport of fitness. Making this your sport could potentially be the best decision you ever make in your life. Taking it too seriously could be one of the worst! I want people to have fun, but also respect the sport. Experience doesn’t always mean elite. Just because someone has been in the CrossFit world for a number of years doesn’t mean they are doing things correctly. This can be seen far too much and is not something you will see in my facility. It takes at least 5-10 years to master any sport of any kind and CrossFit is no different. The skills, verbiage, technique, etc. take time and I am looking for individuals who understand this, accept this, and are willing to swallow pride and join in on the fun!
We are very lucky to have extremely high-level athletes within our community that have put in countless hours and years of work, but the beauty of CrossFit is that it affords us all the opportunity to work together, side by side, and all get the same level of attention, care, and coaching.
The CrossFit classes that are on the schedule are intended for ANYONE to attend, regardless of experience. You will workout alongside someone that has just started, and even perhaps our elite level athletes. I can assure you that you will never be judged, mocked, ridiculed, or made to feel any less. Our community is supportive, encouraging, always teaching, and everyone is here to help everyone else out.
The goal is to improve overall quality of life outside the gym
“THE NEEDS OF OLYMPIC ATHLETES AND OUR GRANDPARENTS DIFFER BY DEGREE, NOT KIND.” – Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit
The programming we follow at CrossFit LWR is from coach Ben Bergeron. I have found that Ben’s programming is far and away the best overall program for athletes: beginner to elite. The workouts will all be similar, regardless of program, but the demands will be much greater for those looking to compete at the highest level.
The Beginner/Intermediate class is directed towards the true goal of CrossFit: To improve our quality of life outside the gym. It is not only an effort to lose body fat and maintain lean muscle-mass, but to be able to sustain the ability to play pickup basketball with our grandchildren someday.
The goal is improving fitness on a slow trajectory towards a distant horizon.
An underlying goal of the Beginner/Intermediate Class is to fight off the nursing home. As soon as we lose the ability to squat to a toilet or to pick up an object off the ground, we are forced to transition to the nursing home. It is our goal to be fitter in 10 years from now than we are today.
This requires thought-out programming. If we take an athlete for example who is not interested in excelling inside the Open, or competing in local competitions or throw downs, we would offer that such an athlete doesn’t necessarily need to practice butterfly pull-ups. Or kipping handstand pushups. As a competitive athlete, these higher risk movements are part of the sport, and need to be trained to excel on the competitive stage. For an athlete whose goal is to become a better skier or soccer player, or simply to maintain a higher quality of health, such movements can pose more risk than benefit. This class is one hour long and is instructor led.
For athletes who have goals of competing in the sport of CrossFit.
The Advanced class is designed to give those that want a little more out of their workouts the avenue to do so. This class will follow the same programming utilized by our top level CrossFit Games athletes and will consist of a myriad of high skill movements; both gymnastic and weightlifting, and will push the limits physically. This class is not open to just anyone. Athletes wanting to enter this class must have first have approval from Head Coach Aaron Weedo. You will be required to get this work done on your own time, though most days the class WOD and the competitive WOD are the same, you are welcome to do the workout with the class, but the extra work must be done on your own time. Please contact Aaron if you are interested.