As we at The Arsenal have been engaging the community of Muncie, the most common question we get asked is, “Is CrossFit for me?” Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t; let’s start with a few facts to see if CrossFit is a good match for you.
CrossFit prescription is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” (The CrossFit Training Guide) Functional movement are compound multi-joint movements that most of us need to do everyday in most activities. So, if you do fixed movements in your day to day activities and in your sports, then maybe a different program is better suited for you.
“The CrossFit Program was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. Our athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess.” (The CrossFit Training Guide) If you would like a mind, emotions and body disciplined for diverse and randomized challenges, then CrossFit is for you.
“…at CrossFit we work exclusively with compound movements and shorter high intensity cardiovascular sessions… Why? Because compound or functional movements and high intensity or anaerobic cardio is radically more effective at eliciting nearly any desired fitness result. Startlingly, this is not a matter of opinion but solid irrefutable scientific fact and yet the marginally effective old ways persist and are nearly universal.” (The CrossFit Training Guide) In this case, I think you know if CrossFit is for you. If you don’t buy into hype, then buy into hard research and scientific fact that is the foundation of CrossFit.
The above excerpts are quotes from The CrossFit Training Guide which is a prerequisite for all our CrossFit Level 1 certified trainers. We direct the most effective, safe and productive training environment there is. We never leave our athletes (8-85 years old) on an island without a coach. We tailor each day’s programming to the group of 5-15 people who are in that particular WOD (Workout of the Day; 1 hour or less CrossFit training session). There are few humans who are incapable of CrossFit training, unless in their heart and mind they have self-diagnosed that the training is not for them. I used two key words that define a CrossFit Athlete HEART and MIND. That is of the utmost importance, because at The Arsenal you will find athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels. The one common value in our community is those two powerful words.
Take a moment to schedule yourself into a FREE CrossFit WOD today, our schedule link is right above and you’ll be able to participate and see for yourself.