What is 10 Plus CrossFit?
First the conundrum: For those of us who are immersed in the CrossFit culture how to answer the question of “What is CrossFit?” can sometimes be a difficult one to answer. Not because we do not know but rather because breaking down “Constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad times and modal domains” into English is sometimes a challenge. It is like asking a parent to explain in 30 seconds what it means to be a parent. It really is an impossible question. Rather it is something you have to experience for yourself. However, people who walk into a gym don’t want to hear that. They want a short and sweet answer to what CrossFit is and how it will benefit them. That is the bottom line question, is it not? How will this program help me reach my goals? Well hopefully I can shed some light on what CrossFit means to us at 10 Plus CrossFit.
Lets start with a rudimentary explanation. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to help each person meet the challenges of life head on.
For each and every single athlete the challenge will be something different. For some this will mean an increase in their general level of fitness. Their goal might be a drop in blood pressure, reduced stress levels, or management of other health issues. For others this will mean carrying in the groceries or playing with the kids without throwing out their back or losing their wind. Some simply want to lose 10, 20, 30…lbs. Then there are those who want to compete in the CrossFit Open and maybe even the CrossFit Games. Every athlete is going to have their own particular challenge, desire or goal they want to achieve. At 10 Plus CrossFit our goal is to help each athlete reach their personal goal.
In the CrossFit are numerous tools at our disposal to help athletes. The first and most important is our community. At 10 Plus CrossFit we don’t just have coaches and athletes we have a family. Coaches who not only provide great coaching for their athletes but also take the time to really get to know them on a more personal level. We have a family that is not afraid to sweat, bleed, or cry with each other. We share these experiences together daily and help new athletes feel at home and understand we have all been where they are. No one is an outsider. No one is too slow, too fast , too young, or too old. You don’t get to pick and choose who your biological family is and we don’t pick and choose who wants to be a part of our family. We simply welcome them and treat them as one of our own.
The second most important tool is education. I am certain everyone has heard the expression you can’t outwork a bad diet. CrossFit is no different than any other program in that regard. In order to maximize your results you have to dial in your diet. We help athletes identify which nutrition plan best suits their lifestyle and needs. Once they have a plan in place we gently help them to be accountable and provide a sounding board for challenges and successes they are having. Education does not stop there though. Understanding not only how to perform an exercise correctly but why we perform it is passed on to every athlete. The ability of an athlete to transfer the mechanics of the squat over to picking up a bag of groceries or picking up their child can mean the difference in a week of back pain or none at all.
Last but not least is the plethora of exercises we have at our disposal. We will do everything from Olympic lifts, plyometric, bodyweight and gymnastic exercises to stimulate adaptations in the body. At 10 Plus CrossFit we program what is known as a strength bias. This is because we are interested in seeing our athlete’s not only master the kipping pull up, and kipping muscle up but we celebrate even more when they can perform their first strict pull up, first strict muscle up or first 400lb deadlift or back squat. There is little in life and in the sporting community that can’t be improved by being stronger. To that end we want our athletes not just efficient but also strong.
There are numerous other points that make 10 Plus CrossFit special. These are simply a few of the things that make 10 Plus CrossFit who and what we are.