Broad, general, and inclusive fitness

Posted: November 22, 2015 in crossfit
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Here’s a brief snapshot of my  early days learning about CrossFit.This during my three-day CrossFit trainer course in at the original CrossFit in Santa Cruz, California; I was able to learn directly from Coach Glassman. That was a long time ago!

I still have my original notes and photos from that weekend at my gym. One thing that comes to mind from that  long weekend of learning was Coach G’s emphasis on “broad, general, and inclusive fitness”.

I took that seriously back then and I still do. Because I do, I have always kept my mind open to any and all credible training strategies and methods, whether from CrossFit or other sources.

I have learned a lot from non-CrossFit coaches, like Jedd Johnson, Bud Jeffries, and Zach Even-Esh way back then. There have been numerous other coaches I have learned from also who are not listed here.

My gym operates in a very open-minded manner, but still keeps a solid foundation of basic lifts. We believe that strength is foundational to true fitness and we use all types of strength-building exercises and equipment.

Much of what we do is rarely seen in other CrossFit gyms, but that’s no problem. You cannot  just copy someone else and keep it truly broad, general and inclusive.

In the early days, CrossFit training was often done in garages, back yards, or at local parks. It was the pioneer days for CrossFit, and it impacted me greatly.

Big box or globo gyms were the opposite of what Crossfit, in essence,  was.

You never saw a 10,000 square foot Crossfit gym (aka a box) back then, it was a bare-bones and ruggedly different

Fast forward to 2015 and it has flip-flopped. Huge CrossFit gyms are all over the place. I have refused to go that route with my gym, nicknamed the Cave.

I like to focus on small group training with a few dedicated people. That’s what we do. Our training is still broad, general, and inclusive. As one of my mentors, Zach Even-Esh says, “I won’t discriminate against anything that will make me stronger.” I agree 100%!

 

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