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When I first started CrossFit, I certainly was not “drinking the Kool Aid"…. I was friggin CHUGGING the Kool Aid. Whether it was the rush I got from finishing a WOD or the countless videos of smoking hot chicks doing muscles up and lifting huge weights, I instantly fell in love with CrossFit. I loved everything about it, and I began to tell anyone who would listen aaaaaaall about it.

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Haters gonna hate...

When I first started CrossFit, I certainly was not “drinking the Kool Aid"…. I was friggin CHUGGING the Kool Aid. Whether it was the rush I got from finishing a WOD or the countless videos of smoking hot chicks doing muscles up and lifting huge weights, I instantly fell in love with CrossFit. I loved everything about it, and I began to tell anyone who would listen aaaaaaall about it.

Naturally, not everyone agreed. And I could not understand why. Didn’t they know CrossFit cured cancer? Stopped wars? Put a man on the moon? Was responsible for bringing down the Berlin Wall? I was so madly in love with CrossFit that any dissention sent me into a defiant frenzy, forcing my beliefs about the greatness of CrossFit down the throat of just about everyone I spoke to. Like a young puppy who chews on everything, I didn’t realize my energetic behavior was actually more detrimental than helpful in terms of conveying the validity of CrossFit.

However, I have come a long way. I love CrossFit more than ever but understand that it cannot actually stop wars (not yet, anyways). It is a phenomenal way to obtain a high level of fitness, but not the only way. It is a community saturated with people full of inspiration and dedication… but then again so is the body building community that we tend to mock from time to time. And now, as CrossFit grows in popularity, and the “haters" come out to voice their opposition, I have learned how to address their concerns in a much more diplomatic way.

I simply tell them, "Shut up. You suck." Kidding.

Let’s go over some of the top “issues" people outside the community often have with CrossFit and see if I cant tackle them one by one.

  1. “CrossFit makes you weak."

    People still mistakenly believe that CrossFit is nothing more than 20:00 + AMRAPs of body weight exercises. Wrong. And as a member of CrossFit Koa, you can certainly attest to that. Strength work is a KEY component to our programming, as we understand the importance and value of being strong in relation to everyone’s health. And for those who believe CrossFit makes you weak, please explain this to me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiROq__YTXA&feature=related (and this guy wasn’t even a top finisher at the Games!)


  2. “CrossFit makes you bulky."

    Popular one with the women. And despite posting countless articles from trainers and scientists and nutritionists telling you “YOU WILL NOT GET BULKY", it still seems to be an issue. Unless you are a 1970s Bulgarian female weightlifter on steroids, lifting weights is not going to make you bulky. Will it create more lean muscle? Burn more fat? Make your arms look more defined, as well as your traps and delts perhaps? Yes. If less fat and more muscle means you look “bulky", than I would like to go on record as saying that I LOVE BULKY GIRLS!!!! Get off the treadmill. Stop running and running and running… and start lifting weights. Please.


  3. “CrossFit is dangerous."

    I have a hard time keeping my cool when this one comes up. This is pure stupidity and ignorance at its finest. The claim is that by performing complex movements at such high intensity the risk of injury is great. Hmmm… well lets not even get into the fact that UNLIKE EVERY OTHER GYM, we train our members on HOW to do all the movements first, then proceed to back up that instruction with daily reviews and constant coaching. But let’s talk “danger". By that definition, skiing is dangerous. Running (which is a SKILL people) is a dangerous. Swimming in the ocean. Playing pick up basketball. Football. All sports. Paintball. Rock climbing. Surfing. Snowboarding. Hiking. Trail running… all of these activities (and countless others) require a great deal from your body and have the potential for injury. Perhaps these people believe we should live in a bubble.

We live in an era where people are running 100+ mile endurance runs in 10,000 feet and higher elevation in times your mind cannot even imagine. Watch the Olympics and behold the worlds best athletes perform. Do not sit back and tell me that the human body cannot handle CrossFit. Do not tell me that when there are men and women throwing up HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of pounds over their heads, swimming across ridiculous bodies of water, running distances that boggle the mind, that some thrusters and pull ups are “dangerous".

Get out of the culture that is creating obese, lazy people. The culture that is constantly telling us “You can’t do that." As a CrossFitter, you will learn to reject that notion EVERY single day. We don’t understand “can’t." If it can be done, we will learn how to do it. We will work at it. We may fail – many times – but in the end we will win. Because even in failure we will be getting better and better and better...

Phew... got a little worked up there. So there you have it… just a few examples. CrossFit is not some miracle pill. It is not without its imperfections. It is a constantly evolving entity that has one focus: to make your lives better (there is that word again!). And because of that, in my humble opinion, it is the best thing out there. And it is going to be around for a loooooong time…

I wish I knew what “it” was. Everyone always talks about “it”, but no one seems to be able to define what “it” is. I know that sometimes I have “it”, and at other times, I definitely DO NOT have “it”. I can usually tell during warming up whether or not I am going to have “it” for that day. Sometimes I will grab the 45 lbs. bar and I swear it feels like it is at least 250 lbs. Probably not going to have “it” that day…

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"It"

I wish I knew what “it” was. Everyone always talks about “it”, but no one seems to be able to define what “it” is. I know that sometimes I have “it”, and at other times, I definitely DO NOT have “it”. I can usually tell during warming up whether or not I am going to have “it” for that day. Sometimes I will grab the 45 lbs. bar and I swear it feels like it is at least 250 lbs. Probably not going to have “it” that day…

But what I have learned is that you do not have to have “it” every single day. Success isn’t based on whether you performed your best on any given day… it is about your determination to produce the best that you can on that particular day. For instance, take an Olympic weightlifter who trains his/her butt off for years and years for just two events: the snatch and the clean and jerk. A life dedicated to just 6 total lifts – three attempts at each – to win a gold medal. Their training sessions are grueling, constantly putting themselves under weights I wouldnt even attempt to lift off the ground, let alone throw over my head. They sacrifice time, relationships, fun, and whatever else necessary to prepare themselves for that one moment. And when the time comes, when their name is called and they walk to the bar for lifts 1, 2 and 3… do they always make the lift? No. In fact, many will walk off the stage having failed at a weight that they hit numerous times in practice. They can only give their all on that one day and hope and pray it is enough.

We are not Olympic athletes (well not yet anyways) but we are CrossFitters. You come into the gym every day, and as your trainers we ask A LOT of you. We ask you to push past your comfort zones into places you never imagined possible… and then we ask you do it again tomorrow. That is not easy, people.

Some days you will not have “it”. Some days you will do 10 pull ups with ease, and on others you will need a band to get you through a work out. Some days you will fail at a weight that you once did numerous times. Some days you will run 400m and swear it must have been 40000000m by the way your lungs and legs feel.

I am here to tell you that that is OK! It is ok to feel like that. To be honest, I love that many of you feel that way sometimes. It tells me that you will not settle… you are not happy with being good, you want to be better. Striving for “it” in every single workout, in every single occasion of your life, will lead you to success I promise you.

I will never care about what your numbers are, what your times are, how much weight you moved, or how many reps you have finished. I only care about one thing: did you do everything in your power to get better today? Answer yes to that question and you will not only be great in CrossFit, but you will be one heck of a person as well.

 

I sometimes feel silly saying I “do” CrossFit. After all, what does it really mean to “do” CrossFit? In my opinion, it makes what we do sound like something based off a set of DVDs I bought off of an infomercial at 3:00am. And that, obviously, just isn’t the case.

So what does it mean to “do” CrossFit? What separates those of us who actually chose to come into the gym each and every week and subject ourselves to workouts, movements, routines that we would normally never ever even consider trying? Based off of my experience, here are just a few of many ideas…

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"I Do CrossFit"

I sometimes feel silly saying I “do” CrossFit. After all, what does it really mean to “do” CrossFit? In my opinion, it makes what we do sound like something based off a set of DVDs I bought off of an infomercial at 3:00am. And that, obviously, just isn’t the case.

So what does it mean to “do” CrossFit? What separates those of us who actually chose to come into the gym each and every week and subject ourselves to workouts, movements, routines that we would normally never ever even consider trying? Based off of my experience, here are just a few of many ideas…

- First and foremost, being a part of a CrossFit program means you are dedicated to a legitimate strength program. You understand the value of getting stronger, and its long-term health benefits. You understand that if you want to be healthy at 60, 70 and even 80 years old, developing a strong body NOW is going to make that possible. Our strength program isn’t just about lifting huge numbers, but about making you a healthier individual capable of combating anything and everything from poor posture to aches and pains. FACT: no pill or drug on the planet has the ability to do for your body what exercise can. And becoming strong is an integral part of what we do.

- Second, CrossFit requires you to continuously work towards increasing the intensity in a workout. What does that mean? It means first perfecting your technique, so that you may move as quickly as possible without injury. Once the technique is acceptable, it is time to push hard. This is done through adding weight, or increasing the amount of reps/rounds in a workout. If you are not willing to work on your technique, you will not be able to move forward, and you will miss out on the benefit of CrossFit programming. Working towards increasing your work capacity is a large part of what CrossFit is all about.

- Finally, CrossFit is about finding weakness and attacking them. Think about all of your skills and abilities like ingredients in the kitchen. If you only have a limited amount of “ingredients” to work with, how great of a meal can you really make? Conversely, if you have a great deal of options to include in your meal, how much better will it be? Work hard at what you suck at. Stop letting that jump rope kick your butt in double unders. Tell those bands that soon enough you won’t be needing their help on the pull up bar. Learning and mastering new skills will not only change your body and increase your fitness, but it also feels pretty damn good. Just someone who gets their first unassisted pull up or rope climb or handstand push up or first 5K how they feel afterwards…

Get strong. Crank up the intensity. Crush your weaknesses. Just a few of the things it means to “do” CrossFit. Maybe you have a different perception of what it means to you, and that is the beauty of this community: it can be whatever you want it to be. But if you are serious, if you are truly committed to this and want to see changes, remember these three things. Be sure to give attention to all three every time you are in the gym, and I promise you change will come.

 

If you purchased the Living Social deal for CrossFit KOA please check back often as we will post directions on how to start and how to register for the Foundations Classes. All new members are required to take the 3 days of Foundations. These are offered on consecutive days and are limited to 10 people per class. We will be adding more Foundations classes to the schedule so check back often.

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Living Social Participants

If you purchased the Living Social deal for CrossFit KOA please check back often as we will post directions on how to start and how to register for the Foundations Classes. All new members are required to take the 3 days of Foundations. These are offered on consecutive days and are limited to 10 people per class. We will be adding more Foundations classes to the schedule so check back often.

 

You have many months in which to redeem this so if you are going away on vacation etc. that is okay, your month does not start until you take your first Foundations class.

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