When we opened Gridiron Crossfit, our purpose wasn’t about producing elite athletes to compete at the CrossFit Games.
And it still isn’t.
Yes, we want you improving your fitness and hitting PRs regularly, but our mission is so much bigger than that.
Our intention has, and always will be, to help others achieve lifelong fitness. To help the 40-year-old feel confident and fit enough to join a hockey league. Or to help the overweight woman in her 50s get to a point that carrying four bags of groceries up three flights of stairs is no big deal. And to help the 65-year-old improve her fitness so she can go on a 4-hour hike with her grandchildren, or move a couch with her husband.
Fitness was never supposed to be about how much you could clean and jerk, per se; it’s about helping ordinary people gain fitness, eat well, and become healthier.
When a prospective client comes to see us at Gridiron for a Free Consultation, we talk to them about how we plan on developing their fitness from the ground up. This structure is based on Greg Glassman’s theoretical hierarchy of development.
The “pyramid” has Nutrition at its base, followed my Metabolic conditioning or “Met-Con” (CrossFit’s answer to “What do you do for Cardio?”), Gymnastics or body-weight movement, Lifting and Throwing and finally at its peak “Sport”. We always stress at this point that “Sport” is a metaphor only for whatever you are training for OUTSIDE of the gym!
As much as we love seeing and spending time with our athletes, our true joy comes not from seeing you live in the gym, but taking what you’ve worked hard for and going out and doing something amazing with it! This can be anything from traditional sports to paint-balling to gardening. Yes we consider the 65-year-old retiree picking up that heavy bag of soil and lugging it around him or herself to be a HUGE victory!
Not that a 225 lb. snatch wouldn’t be pretty cool…
This means our hope for all of you is that fitness doesn’t take over your life. We hope it has become an important part of your life, but that you also take the time to appreciate your newfound fitness IN LIFE.
Prescription for a Great Life
1. Follow the Code for Fitness 3 to 4 times a week:
Show up to the gym 3 or 4 (or maybe even 5 times a week if it works for your life). Train with your coach or attend group classes to improve your strength, speed, power, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, stamina, accuracy, balance, coordination and agility.
Keep track of your numbers, know your strengths and weaknesses, socialize with those around you, have fun and celebrate your gains.
Lifting weights is just part of the puzzle for a great life
2. Clean Eating (90% of the time):
Although diets will differ from person to person depending on your wants and needs, we believe for optimal health, your diet should consist mostly of whole, unprocessed foods—90% of the time. The other 10% simply means it’s OK—emotionally healthy even—to have a beer or a piece of cake from time to time.
3. Play Sports
Join a hockey or basketball league in the winter, or a softball or soccer team in the summer: The important thing is to put your fitness to use. You work hard in the gym; playing sports is your chance to enjoy your newfound fitness.
And if you’re feeling bold, try new sports when the opportunity arises—be it golf, tennis or windsurfing.
4. Get out in Nature at Least Once a Week
Breathing fresh air in nature is known to be therapeutic to the soul. Rock climbing, hiking, camping, skiing or stand up paddle are all great options.
5. Embark on an Adventure at Least Once a Year
Does adventure to you mean doing something relaxing and fun, or something scary and challenging?
Choose your own adventure, but definitely choose adventure!
We absolutely love to see our members regularly take on new sports, activities and challenges; things that prior to joining us they never would have imagined themselves doing. So please, there is no need to apologize that you won’t be in on the weekend because you’ve been recruited to a friends softball team or you’re giving your first obstacle course race a try.
Come in and use us to get strong fit and amazing then go and do something incredible with it. That's right USE us, We love it!