Where’s your cape…


Most of us have an area in our life we wish we were performing better in. That part of us that doesn’t quite fit into our own skin. It could be a touchy subject that our spouse and friends know to steer clear of, the elephant in the room. It could be the promotion you still haven’t received, the credit card you haven’t paid off, or the weight you were supposed to lose by the beginning of summer… in 2012.

And because you’re wearing this very uncomfortable skin that’s not quite your size I am happy to tell you that you are exactly where you chose to be today.

I can already hear the objections rising up so let me explain why.

You see I totally understand your story. I understand because it’s yours, mine, and everyone else’s. Sometimes having a new baby, a busy time at work, or the worst timing for a medical emergency/broken down car/economic depression can happen. There are a million and one events in life that can derail us. They are not always fair and can seem impossible to overcome when they show up knocking at our door.

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.”
-Arnold Schwarzenegger

At that point we do an admirable thing. We give up on our dream. We set it aside to go fix the problem. We change our identity and become the superhero who knows exactly how to work overtime and take care of a sick parent. We do it because we want to make sure the story has a happy ending. We do it out of love.

And life goes on.

And sometimes the situation gets better. And sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, the situation that called for a superhero 6 months ago no longer needs a hero to save it. But there you stand in cape and tights committed to action. Except now it’s time to go home. Time to write a new story.

Where you stand today is a result of many choices. Some of your hero moments were the big decisions that shaped your trajectory. Like I said, I’m proud of you for doing that. But now it’s time to get back on the path. Your path. The one you stopped telling yourself that you wanted because it hurt too bad to think that it may never come true.

You might think it’s too late (it’s not).

You might want to try, but feel that you strayed too far (you haven’t).

You have to remember you have the power of choice. And it’s a good thing that you do. It gives you the power to turn your greatest adversity into your greatest strength. You always have the option to shy away or to stand and fight.

It’s time for a new story. You’re the hero and you’re at the turning point in the movie of your life. So what are you going to do next?You’ve endured hardship, learned tough lessons, and fallen time and time again. Wouldn’t this be a great time for everything to turn around?

Maybe you can recruit someone to help you get there, a long lost friend or a wise old mentor. Maybe you need to crank up “Eye of the Tiger” and experience the training it will take to achieve your success.

The time to act is now. Don’t slip back into your old story. You are the hero. The power of choice brought you here. Your choice decides what happens next.

So what are you going to do?

How Strength Training helps with Weight Loss


How strength training helps with weight loss..

Strength training and weight loss are a match made in heaven. The benefits of applying a resistance training routine are complimentary to all the physical changes that help a person lose weight. You might want to feel more energy and confidence, be harder to kill, or simply look good naked. Regardless of your goals every person on planet earth can benefit from a strength training routine. That’s right, if you are a human you need this. So if you are ready for your hard work to translate into results it’s time to start pumping some iron!

Let’s explore why strength training works, how it needs to be approached, and how you can get started today.

Why it works
Strength training is so effective at helping individuals lose weight because it has a tremendous increase on your body’s metabolism. You can think of this as building a bigger engine. Just to keep a large truck running requires a lot more fuel than to drive a moped at top speed. Remember when Harry and Lloyd got 70 mpg on their way up to Aspen!

The reason you need to build a bigger engine boils down to some simple math surrounding your Resting Metabolic rate or “RMR”. RMR generally accounts for about 60% of daily energy expenditure. This means that you have way more opportunity to change your body by focusing on long term metabolic adaptations rather than burning yourself with activity in a short time frame. Many individuals try to put in endless hours of cardio to “burn fat”. The problem is that their routine lacks any sort of intensity that builds muscle. This leads to the dreaded “skinny fat” body. These individuals utilize long slow distance efforts and their results can disappear rapidly if they reduce their training volume.

Individuals who practice a regular strength training routine also develop confidence and discipline that they then apply to other areas of their life. An individual who is training hard will be more likely to make better dietary decisions or avoid alcohol. It will help you sort out your priorities and make decisions that align with your goals.

How to do it
When it comes to strength training there are a few major guidelines to be observed. The most important aspect to consider in a strength training routine is that compound functional movements are the foundation for growth, progress, and adaptation. Movements that recruit multiple muscle groups and replicate real world movements like squats, deadlifts, and overhead pressing provide the most “bang for your buck.”

Walk into most health clubs and you will see the general population performing isolation exercises that are simply less effective and have low transfer to their everyday life. By “majoring in the minors” they are missing out on a huge opportunity. The question is…why?

Learning the proper form associated with compound movements can be intimidating if you’re new to training. The benefit of hiring an experienced trainer or coach is essential. In fact it’s arguably one of the best investments in your health and in your life that you could ever make. A great coach will teach you proper form, common faults, and give you the proper progressions to make you better and better over time. They will also help you select a training program that has the right volume of work and intensity levels to safely achieve your goals.

Once you have learned the foundational movements needed to improve your fitness there is no shortage of exercises and routines you can apply to meet your goals.

5 Easy Ways to Add Fitness To Your Day!


We all lead busy lives and summer can get crazy. If we are not careful, our fitness is sometimes the first thing to go and before you know it, we are feeling left with less energy. Here are five ways you can add fitness to your day:

Increase Physical “Work”

Technology has caused a major shift in the way humans live and made physical activity an optional daily occurrence. Luckily with a creative mindset we can still take advantage of many events in our days that are ripe for the picking with good old fashioned labor. Try some of these challenges to increase your work capacity throughout the day:

  • At the grocery store steer clear of the shopping cart.  Try to only use a basket (or two) to carry your food. As you navigate the aisles you’ll be improving your grip and building core strength with a bonus deadlift thrown in any time you set your basket down. By choosing to carry the items you will also develop awareness around what you’re purchasing. The bottom line, you get more fit and only the essentials make it home. Your inner hunter-gatherer will be proud!
  • Park far away in the parking lot. It’s just as fast as driving up and down the lanes to get as close as possible.
  • Take the Stairs. Every step counts and if you’re really motivated try throwing in some lunges.
  • Leave the car in the garage.Take a new approach to your daily travel and try to walk or bike to work.

Stretch It Out (Every Chance You Get)

A terrific habit to build is to practice full range of motion and proper biomechanics in the daily activities you already do. How many times a day do you catch yourself hunched over, chin to chest with your neck craning to look into a screen. Ouch! Focus on good posture with shoulders back and eyes gazing straight ahead. See how it affects your mood, confidence and energy levels!

  • While grabbing items off of a bottom shelf or cabinet, hold the bottom position of a squat and drive your knees out to the sides. Spending 10 minutes a day in the bottom of a squat can be life changing for your spine, hips, and knees!
  • If you’re talking on the phone or typing at your computer incorporate ankle rolls at the same time. Rotate your foot at the ankle as if you were at the beach writing your name in the sand with your toes. Make sure to practice each letter of the alphabet.
  • Driving to and from work? This is a great time to work on externally rotating your shoulders while sitting up tall with a proud chest.

Equalize The Sedentary Activities

Take advantage of time that doesn’t require movement to work postural muscles or build in fitness breaks. Alternating work and rest periods will increase metabolism and improve circulation. This can even be a great opportunity to develop your strength. By practicing strength daily you can make remarkable improvements in a short amount of time. Strength is a skill and the majority of initial gains in strength are due to neuromuscular adaptations to training.

  • For office work or writing try a standing desk or treadmill desk.
  • If you’re at home watching television try to practice push-ups, squats, or core exercises  during the commercial breaks. One popular method technique is called “grease the groove. The premise is simple, pick a movement you want to improve at and perform a set of the exercise with half of your maximal reps (eg. if your max number of pullups is 10, you will want to perform sets of 5). Rest at least 15 minutes between sets. Repeat as often as possible throughout your day.

Get Outside Every Day

Getting outdoors is the perfect chance to reset and reconnect with your body. Whether it’s a park you swing by on the way home from your work or stepping out on the back porch with your morning coffee making time for the outdoors is an essential. Moving outside requires us to apply our bodies to move in new and challenging ways. Some recommendations:

  • Climb a tree, seriously when was the last time you did? Go now, you can thank me later…
  • Walk or run barefoot. Connecting your feet with the dirt, grass, or sand feels great, allows full range of motion, and strengthens the feet.
  • Find a rock, log, or another odd object to be your new “pet rock”. Take your new found pet on a walk and enjoy this new test of fitness.

Find A Community

One of the best ways to add fitness to your day is to surround yourself with people who care about their health. Positive social support has been proven to improve adherence to exercise and dietary habits. If you feel like you need help in achieving your health and fitness goals maybe joining a tribe of people on the same journey is the best way to add fitness to your day!

 

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3 Steps to starting and keeping routines


3 Key Steps To Starting An Effective Daily Routine

“I’ve been thinking about taking up a meditation practice.”

“I really need to drink more water…”

“I feel so good when I exercise, I want to go to the gym more often, but can’t find the time!”

If you’re like most people you probably have considered starting a new daily routine to optimize one or more aspects of your life. In a world where time has become more and more valuable, distractions are at an all time high, and to-do lists are as long as ever – people are looking for ways to better themselves. One of the most common ways that folks use to make a change is by adopting a new routine.

Routines are actions or a combination of actions that yield a specific outcome or result.

They are the surest way to make an impactful change in our lives. By the end of this article you will be familiar with the 3 key steps to consider if you want to start an effective daily routine!

“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.”

-W.H. Auden

Step 1: Keep the end result in mind.

As humans we have hundreds of little routines we practice each day. Most of these we don’t care to or need to focus on, they simply happen. Adopting a new routine is usually in pursuit of something new that we wish to attain. The benefit of successfully completing the routines could improve us physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Make sure to keep the end result in mind as you select your routine.This life changing benefit will keep you motivated and excited to stick with your routine!

Some common results people shoot for with their routine include:

  • Decreased stress
  • Increased energy
  • Better sleep
  • Improved mental clarity
  • More time
  • Better performance at school/work/sport

Routines to achieve these outcomes might look like:

  • Take 10 deep breaths before beginning a new project at work.
  • Exercise at least three times each week.
  • Turn my phone to airplane mode 1 hour before bed.
  • Make a list dividing each job into its constituent parts.
  • Plan out my daily schedule every morning while I drink my coffee.
  • Visualize what a successful outcome would look like for my upcoming event.

 

rou·tine

ro͞oˈtēn/

noun

  • a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

 

 

Routines are most effective when practiced daily. Sometimes we need to focus extra hard on following through with a new routine until it becomes a habit. This is an important factor to consider in both the selection and implementation of your new routine.

Dr. BJ Fogg, a behavioral scientist from Stanford, has a basic behavioral model he uses to describe the steps to change. He claims that in order for a behavior change to happen you need to have the right mix of motivation, ability, and a trigger.

If we are highly motivated to complete a task then the odds are that when a trigger occurs we will produce a successful outcome. Likewise we tend to be successful at tasks that are easy to complete even if we are not so motivated to get them done.

Makes sense right?

The challenge many of us face is that we fail to set up routines that take into account the motivation required to complete a task requiring a higher level of ability. We shoot for the stars and quickly burn out after our initial gusto wears off.

Does this mean that we shouldn’t aim to make big dramatic change with our new routine?

Kind of…not exactly…but yes.

At least Dr. Fogg would advise against it. Instead he suggest focusing on the smallest possible change available to you in your new routine. Consistency wins the long term change game so you should pick a routine that you know you you can complete every single try. This will generate momentum and a new skill that you can apply later to more challenging target areas.

Action Step: Get out a pen and paper and spend 5 minutes brainstorming some ideas of areas you would like to implement a routine. Think about the end result you would like to achieve and make note of the top 2 or 3 new routines that would be a first step on the path. Then let’s move on to step 2!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Step 2: Determine the lay of the land

This is a chance to take inventory of your assets and keep an eye out for potential pitfalls. Implementing a new behavior is challenging because it requires knocking our brain off of autopilot. Rather than coast through our day following the usual agenda we are throwing a strategic interruption to our thought pattern that lets us try something new. This step can be split into two categories:

Supporting Factors, things that can help you implement your routine. Some examples could be:

  • A supportive partner or best friend
  • A commute to work that offers some alone time
  • Sticky note reminders you place all over your house
  • A trainer, coach, or mentor who wants you to succeed

And

Distracting Factors, barriers, or common faults that would get in the way of you completing your daily routine. This might look like:

  • Social settings where you may feel awkward practicing your new routine.
  • People who interrupt you and take up your time (EVEN IF YOU YOU LOVE THEM)
  • Physical struggles with things like exercise or waking up early.
  • Bad influences on your diet, behaviors, or actions.

Action Step: List the top 3 assets you have that could help you start your routine and then the top 3 distractions that may keep you from succeeding. For the distractions, find a solution for how you could overcome it (eg. Coordinate workout schedules with a friend, sIgn up for a class the night before, or prep healthy lunches for the week on Sunday afternoon)

Step 3: Track Your Progress

Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the founding father of using routines for personal development knew the importance of tracking and measuring his daily practices. Each morning Franklin asked himself, “What good shall I do today? And in the evening, “What good did I do today?” Taking the time twice each day to check in on his progress created more opportunities for growth and self-improvement.

Not only that but Ben cycled through a list of 13 virtues he chose to improve his morality. He would focus on one for a week at a time and document any infractions to the redeeming quality. He noticed significant improvement in his adherence cycling through each virtue four times a year.

As you prepare to start your new routine you want to keep track of your progress. Having clear defined parameters will make you more likely to succeed and recreate the process again for future habits.

Action Step: Make a plan to track your progress. What is the the key aspect of the routine are you measuring. What time of day will you log your results? Are you writing it in Zenplanner, a notebook or on your phone or laptop? What will you write on days when you forget to adhere to your routine?

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”Archilochos

So now that you have the 3 key steps to starting an effective daily routine how are you going to implement them?

 

Take a Breathe


How Focusing On Your Breathing Can Improve Your Fitness..

Breathing is a unique process in the human body. It can occur voluntarily or involuntarily, be a conscious or unconscious decision, and is constantly responding to feedback from sensors in your body. Oftentimes are breathe is being stifled by our emotional state, body position, or

Posture and breath
When you inhale your diaphragm contracts and moves downward expanding the chest cavity and giving the lungs space to expand. This simultaneously lifts the ribs and sternum. When you exhale the diaphragm relaxes and expands into the chest cavity as the ribs and sternum lower.

The key muscles or primary movers in this process are the diaphragm, intercostal muscles, and abdominal muscles. Secondary mover muscles include upper trapezius, scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, levator scapulae, and pectoralis minor.

Poor posture categorized by rounded shoulders and a forward head position can cause these secondary movers to become tight and overworked. This leads to a decline in respiratory function which can further exacerbate the breathing muscles and contribute to even worse posture.

To jump start your muscles involved in breathing try out this stretching and breath practice from Jill Miller at Yoga Tune Up: The Abdominal Vacuum.

So you might be wondering why you should worry about your breath when it’s so easy you can literally do it in your sleep?

Let’s start with the the one we all care about
Improved performance. A study at the University of Portsmouth showed that runners who performed inspiratory muscle warm-ups and training experienced a whopping 15% increase in performance after just 6 weeks.

2. Energy
Bringing a mindful focus to breath can also help improve energy. Individuals who practice deep breathing exercises report more energy, improved mental acuity, and getting a better night’s sleep.

3. Digestion
An improvement in breath capacity will lead to a healthier digestive tract. The body has more energy to allocate towards digestion and is more efficient at eliminating toxins.

4. Decrease Stress
Breathing techniques that are designed to bring increased awareness the breath can carry over to other areas of life. It trains the mind to be less emotionally reactive while simultaneously reducing cortisol levels.

5. Heart Rate
Breathing practice has been shown to lower resting heart rate and blood pressure. Try deep belly breaths where the stomach fully expands and holding in at the full exhalation and inhalation points.

Many breathing techniques are geared towards unwinding, shutting down, and moving away from the flight or fight response we are used to feeling. Breath work also has many powerful applications to get us fired up and improve our u

When lifting heavy weights, a full belly breath can be held inside the abdomen throughout the lift. This Valsalva Maneuver provides internal pressure that supports the spine and braces the skeletal muscle throughout the lift. Limit this maneuver for maximal exertion efforts (eg. greater than 80% of your 1rm and 5 reps or less in your working set).

Breathing can also be used to prime your body into a peak state. Using rapid forced inhales and exhales through the nostrils will stimulate the immune system, increase circulation, and leave you feeling alive, alert, and awake.

Now that you know a little about how breathing affects your daily life and the systems of your body what areas do you want to incorporate a breathing practice into? Whether its for our health, relaxation purposes, or to improve our athletic performance we could all benefit from taking a deep breath now and then!

Drink Yo Water


Drink up…

It’s Memorial Day weekend let’s drink up- water that is.  This weekend is a much awaited , the  first Holiday weekend of summer and the start of summer  break for many and it’s gonna be a toasty one- which means for many – throwing down a few at some social activities followed by coming in on Monday to do Murph- so here’s some tips for staying hydrated and performing at your best by taking care of your body!

What’s all the hype about water anyway?

Studies suggest that dehydration is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue. Dehydration is also linked to headaches, grumpiness, loss of focus, bad breath, dry skin and muscle cramps and can affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep and much much more.

Tips and Tricks to staying hydrated during your Weekend Festivities:

  • Drink a large glass of water before your first drink
  • Stick to a 1-1 ratio- 1 drink – 1 glass of water
  • Infuse some it with your favorite fruit, lime, lemon, etc.
  • Opt for Soda water with lime instead of alcohol- it’s refreshing!
  • Minimize your Caffeine and Alcohol intake
  • Don’t wait until your thirsty
  • Try drinking coconut water like CoCo Libre or adding Electrolyte Tablets like NUUN to your water before bed and the next day!
  • Take some fish oil to help with inflammation and eat some healthy foods and veggies to nourish your body

Cheers! Down the hatch with some water and listen to your body on Monday- be safe, be smart and have fun!

 

May 2018 Programming


May, the gateway to summer.  May has always been a fun month for us to program at Vantage.  In April, we took a step back from the intensity The CrossFit Open brings and we were able to focus on correcting muscle imbalances, slowing the pace down and started working on strict strength.  In May, we shift our focus to aerobic capacity and improving our stamina with a huge CrossFit benchmark at the end of the month, Murph.

When you ask what does it mean to focus on aerobic capacity, I want you to take a look at the month as a whole, not just individual daily training sessions.  We break our programming up into training cycles of 4-8 weeks long. Each cycle has a combination of elements to always be improving your strength, stamina, power, endurance, and function.  We use a variety of intensities (weights and speeds), durations, and volume (number of reps), to help elicit certain responses from the body and over the course of the training cycle, we tip the scales in certain directions.

So what is Aerobic Capacity and why should we focus on it right now? It is the bodies ability to take in, transport and convert oxygen to energy during exercise. Aerobic Capacity is your ability to sustainable physical activity for an extended period of time.  As your capacity to stay in an aerobic state increases, your ability to get more work done without reaching fatigue or exhaustion increases.

The type of fitness most of us desire involves multiple modalities or styles. It’s not just running or rowing, we want to improve our aerobic fitness in all aspects of physical activity.  Running, jumping, throwing, catching, lifting, moving and to do that, we need to train that way. So what can you expect to experience this month…

  • A continuation of longer duration workouts
  • An increased focus on push-ups and pull-ups
  • Lighter weight higher volume squats
  • More running of varying distances and intensities
  • Classic CrossFit movement combinations

Something to remember: Each person has their own limits to aerobic capacity.  Some have a larger tank and can stay aerobic much longer than people with smaller tanks.  The good news is, both can improve and make their tanks bigger and more efficient. All it takes is some work, patience, time and consistency.

See you in the gym!

May Update for Vantage Movement


Dear Vantage Family!

We are so close to the move day for Vantage Movement.  Our big day is May 19th! The New Address is 6161 West 44th Ave.  Now would be a good time to test the drive, come by and check out the new space and make any timing adjustments to your morning or afternoon rituals.

 

Here are a few quick updates. Construction will be wrapping up this week, which will allow us to paint and install the flooring (rubber + turf). Once the flooring is installed, you will notice equipment disappearing from Vantage.  We will start by moving a few of the more critical pieces and then the Big move! When we get into Vantage 3.0, you will notice new turf, an addition to the pull-up rig, a new retail section with new offerings, and a olympic weightlifting specific area.

But this is only the beginning.  Over the coming months we will be adding some fun accessories to our recovery area, additional equipment, and an outdoor workout area.  We will also be making some fun aesthetic upgrades, and adding an outdoor recreation area.

In addition, we will be upgrading our website to help reflect the upgrades that we are making.   and adding a few membership options or perks to better help you take advantage of the new space and continue to work towards your goals.  We will be releasing the details of these membership options as we get closer to the move in date.

Keep reading for some exciting news about our new classes and programs coming this Summer and Fall.

Vantage Body: We are currently designing our high intensity bodyweight program to be rolled out this June. Details coming to you inbox soon!

Kids Fitness Class: We sent out a survey to help us collect more information about how we can help start your kids on their fitness adventure!

Vantage 101:  Our new beginners level group Foundations Program.  Great for someone just starting CrossFit as well as the current members who want to slow down the pace of a group class.

Strong Wo-Man: Coming back this August, a 4 week Strong Wo-Man class utilizing our strongman equipment- like tires, stones, yokes and more!

Steve’s Club: Coming soon! A way for us to give back to the community! We will be offering a fitness class to some local at risk teens!

Couple of dates to save and exciting thing to come:

    • Saturday May 12th: We will be removing the Pull up Rigs from Vantage 2 and installing them in Vantage 3.0.
    • Saturday May 19th: All classes are cancelled, but your welcome to show up anytime between 8-10 and help up move all the things into the new space.
    • May 21st: Opening Day.  We plan to host all of our classes in the New Space! So mark your calendars!
    • Memorial Day Murph: Monday May 27th! Class times: 8am and 9:30am
    • June 3rd: Vantage Body Demo Class at 9&10am open to members and Friends and Family!
    • June 11th: Vantage Body Begins: Classes M/W/F at 6:15am & 5:30am
    • June 23rd: Save the Date for our Grand Re-Opening Party and Member Appreciation Celebration!

 

 

 

New Space Update


Dear Vantage Family,

We are excited to share with you an update on the Vantage 3.0! As some of you know the process of construction and moving (house, business, etc) can sometime be slow. After what may feel like an eternity, we have some updates for you!

On the surface: Construction on the new facade is almost completed and check out that awesome parking lot.  We will all have plenty of space for both class parking and lots of outdoor work!

 

On the Inside:They are close to finishing the installation of our new HVAC system and the finer details to the overall space.   That’s right,we will a temperature controlled facility! No more warming up in beanies and gloves or Hot CrossFit Classes in the summer.  Well, maybe. We don’t want to rule anything out.

Coming soon: We hope to have permits for the construction of our space. We will be adding male and female bathrooms (2 stalls/sinks) per restroom, office, front desk and retail section very soon! We won’t be adding showers at this time, but we will have a hose in the utility closet and folks, we are happy to hose you down anytime!

 

Some fun things we are planning in the new space:

An outdoor training space and social area!

A totally new and improved retail area stocked with new gear!

A large lounge area with tons of space for all your personal items including your kids.  

An ongoing bodyweight class as well as additional specialty programs for kids and other populations!

New equipment and CrossFit toys! Like 24 foot rope climbs! A new rig and more!

 

Some Change to Schedule:

We will be adjusting some of our current CrossFit classes, to remove much of the confusion, we are moving the 8:30am class on Tuesday and Thursday to 9am. This will make the 9am a five day a week class.  Also, after consulting with the ladies of our Women’s Exclusive 7am class, they have decided to allow gentleman to join them for the 7am shenanigans, making the 7am Co-Ed.

Move dates:

As with all construction situations we are the mercy of so many people and things beyond our control but we are hoping and aiming for a Mid May move. Just in time for our 6 year anniversary party!!! So, keep putting out the good vibes for a swift construction and we will keep you posted.

CFV Core Values: GRIT


This past fall during our team retreat, the Vantage team revamped our Core Values.  This list better represents what we believe to be the Values that will continue to drive the Vantage family (us and you) towards the best versions of ourselves.

Those values are…

  • Grit
  • Growth & Grace
  • Trust & Relationships
  • Integrity
  • Fun

On the eve of our move into Vantage 3.0, we wanted to take a few weeks and share with you the values that guide and drive us. Amanda and I started Vantage with a set of core beliefs that we had cultivated from our experiences as personal trainers. As we grew and matured as a business, so did our beliefs.  After thousands of hours coached and years of new experiences, we knew that it was time to update our core values to help represent where we started where we have come and where we are going.   We are going to start this series off at the top, Grit.

So why is Grit our first Core Value? It describes a strength of character, a courage and resolve.

Doing CrossFit takes grit. Adopting new lifestyle habits takes grit.  From day one of your CrossFit journey you start showing your Grit. Think about this, walking into a gym that is known for its intense workouts and fit community takes courage.  Coming back day in and day out, pushing yourself through challenging workouts, embracing the uncomfortable feelings that come from being a beginner through the uncomfortable feelings you get when you’ve progressed and are pushing to be the best. These all take a determination that most will never expose themselves to.  

It’s not the easy road, there are days you don’t feel like it, movements that aren’t progressing as fast as you’d like, WOD’s that always kick you in the teeth, but after each session you leaving knowing in your knower that you are better for having been there. Which is why we value Grit.  The strength of your character can’t be faked.  When you choose to come in and train regardless of what life throws at you, your determination shines through.  

It’s easy to skip or never even start CrossFit, but something about who you are and your level of grit brings you in to improve.  As you grow and develop inside the gym walls, your levels rise and your capacity to handle more increases. The rewards for increased capacity are not bound to just the gym, they expand into every avenue of your life. You recognize its impact on your relationships, your career, your adventures and inside your own mind.  And it all starts with Grit.