Coach James, Why do You do CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit in June 2010 with Saturday workouts in the park. I was used to working out regularly but it was the very classic training method of long slow distances of running, biking, hiking. I was pretty good at those specific activities but also knew that I was not very strong so I was hesitant to do CrossFit. Once I did my first few workouts I knew the program was going to help me become stronger both physically and mentally, and it has.
Leslie and I opened True Spirit CrossFit in 2014 because we remember what it is like to be new at something and wanted to take the fundaments of CrossFit and make it more approachable to more people as a way to build and live a healthier life. This takes a community and the community is what helps motivate me to get up and coach at 6 am or to do a workout with the best effort I can.
Through doing CrossFit and owning the gym, I am stronger physically and mentally. I have more confidence in my daily life. I have an outlet for my intensity. I can channel and harness the memory of a difficult workout or practicing a challenging skill (like double unders that took me a year and a half to finally get) that helps me put life's daily challenges into perspective. Plus I love the variety of what we do and accomplish. This is what helped motivate me to do obstacle course racing like the Spartan and Knuckle Buster.
Showing up is success, being coachable is wise, participating with positive attitude is inspiring, using your brain builds one of the most important muscle in your body, and being a part of the community is the best exercise my heart can have. By learning with and through others, both as a coach and athlete, I am a happier "fitter" person. This is what True Spirit CrossFit means to me and I am transformed through it every day.
Life is the ultimate CrossFit workout, Live It.
To help you live life to the fullest Coach James is leading a 6-week Obstacle Course Race (OCR) prep course starting Wednesday, March 24. We need TWO more people to greenlight this course!
The OCR prep course meets Wednesdays at the gym at 6:30pm and Sundays at 4:30pm (or time TBD by the group) at a different outdoor location each week.
This 6-week course will prepare you for the Spartan OCR in Big Fork on May 1-2. It's also a great opportunity to work on skills like rope climb, odd object carries, wall climbing, spear throw, burpees and a bunch of other fun skills.
You will get a great workout every class whilst developing your technique. You will gain confidence in climbing over a 6, 7 and 8 foot wall, traversing over a cargo net, crawling through the sand under barbed wire, jumping over a pile of burning logs, and of course, throwing a spear!
The OCR prep course is a great option if you want a break from our traditional CrossFit classes. Sometimes you need to shake things up, and OCR training can do that for you.
Talk to Coaches James or Leslie after class for more info on our OCR course. Or, you can check it our more by clicking on the link below.
The Myth that CrossFit is only for Young People
I love our gym! Everyday our athletes impress me with their ability, skill, tenacity, drive, grit and grace. That's why it's so frustrating when I hear people say that CrossFit is not appropriate for older people. We have many athletes over 40, several over 50, some in their 60s, and we have a coach who will turn 70 this summer. CrossFit is for everybody!
I think this myth exists because early in CrossFit's history it was the preferred training system for military and law enforcement. Bad ass dudes and ladies posted pictures of themselves puking, proudly boasting about bloody shins and palms ripped open. These posts and the underground culture of the garage gym made it seem like CrossFit was only for hardcore crazy people.
Fast forward 21 years and CrossFit itself is posting workout videos that older folks can do at home. Like this one:
CrossFit is for everyone! Young, old, men, women, boys, girls, everyone can do CrossFit. CrossFit is a progression of many different movements. Once you master the basics of a particular movement you get to try the next iteration. You're always learning and progressing.
The worldwide trend across all CrossFit gyms is 80% women and the majority of them are moms. That means CrossFit is the preferred training method for moms who want to feel good, have fun, and feel like a superhero. Our gym holds to that trend and we might be slightly tipped toward a larger feminine majority. I wouldn't want it any other way.
CrossFit is a very effective training program that can be modified and adjusted to meet anyone's fitness level and range of motion. It's not just for young people. CrossFit is for YOU!
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