CrossFit O.G. (Original Gangster…)
Did you know you belong to one of the oldest CrossFit Gyms in Denver? CrossFit really
didn’t start taking off until 2011, after we opened our doors. What has changed since
Well, a lot, and a little.
The things that are the same:
CrossFit is the best training methodology I have encountered. The science behind it is
solid, and the intangibles like community and camaraderie are above and beyond any
other place you can point to. I hug multiple “members” a day. High five dozens more. I
get to talk with you about your kids and parents and jobs.That’s pretty fun and unique to
any “boutique” business, of which CrossFit is certainly one.
What is different?
Well, long answer here.
Health and fitness is lifelong. Aging is inevitable. However, decline in your ability to be
functional into the last few years, months, DAYS of your lives is in your hands. CrossFit
promises the ability to be healthy until the day we die. Kinda funny to think about, but
that’s how we all want to go right?
However sport is progressive. Thus, the girls and boys who won the CrossFit games 5
years ago wouldn’t even make the games if they didn’t get better for the last five years.
Weights are heavier, movements have become more advanced, loaded, challenging.
Where I don’t want the community of CrossFit LoDo and CrossFit LoDo at RiNo to get lost is if you
NEVER hit an RX weight, does that mean you shouldn’t CrossFit?. Seems like a silly question right?
Don’t get lost in the fact that there are people out there who can “do more” than you.
Because guess what, unless your name is Ben Smith or Katrin Davidsdottir (the people who won the CF games this year), there are people who are better than you are at CrossFit.
heard one of our members talking about competing with themselves, and this is
something that I think has gotten lost in the shuffle over the last 5 years.
ALWAYS compete with yourself. Are you more precise in your movement? Do you have a
faster 5 k time? Do you take care of your tissues and sleep better than you used to? That
is all that matters. Not that someone in class has a bigger clean than you do. Or that
they rx’ed and you didn’t.
I looked around the room and saw 16 back squatters who were functionally flexing and
extending across their ankle, knee, hip, lumbar, thoracic, cervical spine. I saw scapular
retraction. In other words, I saw bodies functioning as they were designed to function.
Fighting the aging process by moving (MOVEMENT HEALS!). The better you can do all
those biomechanical things, the further you are from not being able to pick up your
grandkids, not walk up stairs, or having to quit running, jogging, golfing because your
body can’t do it anymore.
Why the long winded note? First of all, stay the course. Health is hard to maintain, but it
is a worthy pursuit. It’s the only thing that improves all areas of our lives and allows us to
interact with the world.
But secondly, don’t fall into the trap of treating CrossFit as a sport if it isn’t your sport. If
you want to win competitions, make regionals, or hit elite numbers on lifts/movements, it
takes huge commitment and pushing far beyond what is normal and comfortable. If
CrossFit is your lifestyle, treat it as such.
I’m considering doing a CrossFit OG class and taking it back to its roots. More skill work.
More modifications. No loading a bar unless you move perfectly. Focus on the marathon
of life not the sprint of winning today’s WOD.
If you like this idea and want in, let me know. As we grow, I won’t lose sight of the most
important stuff, your health and your happiness is why I do what I do. The more interest,
the more classes and focus we can have on this. At the very least, 5 years into the life of
our gym, a reset and refocus on where we are as a community (we all have different
needs, but they are all important) and what we want out of this thing is in order.
ryan at crossfitlodo.com