CrossFit at its core is all about GPP (General Physical Preparedness). It helps prepare you for everyday life, whether that’s helping a friend move house with heavy furniture, playing with your kids, hiking the Helderberg Dome, taking your dogs for a long walk, [insert physical activity here].
It also, of course, is a form of exercise that’s always changing, so you never get bored or stuck in a rut, and, when combined with healthy eating and lots of sleep, is very effective at changing what is called body composition. In other words, losing weight and/or gaining muscle, depending on your goals.
The hierarchy of needs for anyone trying to improve their health and GPP when looking to start a training/exercise program should be:
Safety – Fun – Efficacy
We often hear people say “efficacy” should go above “fun”, but we disagree. For someone like Usain Bolt? Yes, he is trying to be the best in the world at something. For someone trying to be a bit fitter or lose a bit of weight? No. We could show that person the best training programme, designed specifically for them, but if they don’t find it very fun, they won’t stick to it. The same applies to things like diets; they have to be sustainable. Doing things you don’t enjoy if your goal is to simply be a fitter, healthier version of yourself, is not sustainable.
CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but the people who like it tend to love it. Why? Because it’s different all the time, so you never get bored. Also, the group training format leads to natural friendships. It’s a lot more fun to go to the gym and see your friends than to motivate yourself to go work out alone. Having said that, CrossFit, like all training, needs to be balanced to ensure that you hit that sweet spot where you are seeing results: not too little and not too much. Our smallest membership commitment is 3 times a week, because if you come infrequently you won’t see great results, and that’s not what we (or you) want to be seeing.
Our workouts at My CrossFit are designed by Pat Barber (pictured above, and the above photo is also on one of the walls at My CrossFit in a 3m X 3m frame), who has been training and coaching CrossFit since 2003. He is a 7x CrossFit Games athlete and has trained over 15,000 people as part of the CrossFit Inc training staff.
In designing this gym, client experience has always been our #1 goal. That’s why we have imported Rogue equipment, as well as little details like spacious showers and free coffee. The same goes for the workouts we use. It takes years to develop the knowledge to design workout systems that are safe, fun, and effective. We are paying for an expert to design our workouts, which not only gives a better quality product than if we were to try our hand, but also allows us to focus our time and energy on providing the best coaching we can and a friendly, supportive environment for our members.
Safety – Fun – Efficacy. That’s our mantra – the three are not mutually exclusive, and we want to make sure all of our members are set up to see great results while having fun!