Why Are We Different Than Crossfit?
by Luis Galindo
People ask us all the time, "Why are you different than CrossFit? My friend has been doing CrossFit and I am thinking of doing it too.” Our response to them is "What is it about CrossFit that you like?” The funny thing is that we always get the same response; "I like the group comrade. I like working out with other people and it makes personal training affordable and fun."...well our response is "THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DO HERE!"
But what really makes FunkFit different than most CrossFit Studios is the emphasis we put on our Program Design. We focus on training the Executive Athlete that was once very active 5 to 15 years ago, playing sports or working out, but are now fused to a desk because he/she has a family to provide for, or the busy mom/dad taking care of their children and the house who don’t have time to do the active things they once did. The typical executive athlete will have many mobility issues because of their work posture and limitations; therefore we incorporate corrective exercises and movements that will improve that person’s neurological response to movements before any loads are put on their body. Once we bring that awareness and the mobility needed, they will find themselves lifting heavier loads, moving better, and seeing great physical changes in their overall appearance.
We have some people that we know that are great CrossFit Coaches. I think the reason why they are good is simply their EXPERIENCE in the field, or they are former athletes that do lots of skill work, and/or they are coaches that think “outside the box.” But some CrossFit garage gyms or studios lack the ability to incorporate movements in their program design. They stick to following the “WOD” (workout of the day) from the main site to save time and money from creating their own programs. I just don't see it fair to a member to give them only 9 main exercises to work on, especially since the majority of the exercises are only linear (forward and backward movements). Nor do I feel it is right to have an individual snatch a barbell when they lack thoracic spine, ankle, or hip mobility because this could cause a lot of stress in the lumbar spine (lower back area). Or having them run like squirrels burning nothing but sugar in the form of stored glycogen to then make them so hungry that they would probably over eat (been there, done that). And of course, one of the main reasons I oppose many CrossFit studios is the fact that many unqualified people are given the ability to open a health and fitness center.
Ultimately the decision to join a fitness studio is yours, but I admire those that do their research to find the best option for themselves based on their goals and abilities. The choice is yours but your health and mobility should always be a top priority.