Quit Globo-Gym!


Quit Globo-Gym!

I’m not sure who wrote this, but it was found on CrossFit Albany’s site…


Most days, I don’t ram the virtues of Crossfit down your throat. Today is not one of those days.

If you’re at a commercial gym, I want you to quit. Hell, you want you to quit. You just don’t know it yet.

Last time you were in Buff Joe’s Spandex-O-Rama, you were probably working out alone. You were listening to Kelly Clarkson belt out a tune somebody else wrote, and you kept losing the pull-up bar to some meathead who was using it to stretch.

It took you an hour to do a workout that takes 20 minutes because you had to wait to get the 30’s from a pre-teen doing quarter-range tricep kickbacks. Screw that.

Quit now.

The transition isn’t easy–after my first Crossfit workout, I walked funny for a week.

Suck it up, Sunshine. Paying your dues is well worth the effort. Our methods will give you tremendous returns in motivation, work capacity, strength, and coordination.

Working out does not have to be a solitary slog through the machine minefield. There are future Crossfitters all over the country who are currently hooked to their iPod, standing on a treadmill, staring at a 5-inch TV, wondering why they’re not getting any better at anything.

The solution? Unplug all that sh*t. Come workout with people. All the computer programming in the world can’t replicate the motivation you’ll get from watching the guy next to you work harder and longer than you ever thought possible. In a few months, you’ll be competing at his level.

I tell my friends about our workouts.

“Today, we did Angie. 100 pullups, 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 squats. Took about 25 minutes.”

This usually results in the “Holy Sh*t” stare. This is where your friend/girlfriend/mom/boss looks at you like you just told them that you believe euthanasia is a viable method of population control.

I love the stare.

The reason you get it is the numbers you just spat out. We think nothing of doing 100 of anything, because we do it all the time. Crossfit builds amazing work capacity quickly. There’s no magic trick involved. The human body can produce a staggering volume of work. Getting it to do so requires repeated attempts at doing more work than you did the last time out.

Try to do 100 pushups. You’ll end up breaking them down into multiple sets of 5 or 10 or 15. Next time you try, you’ll do sets of 15 or 20. A few months down the road, 100 straight pushups will just be a momentary respite from those nasty pull-ups, and you’ll thank God for every rep.

Your superhuman work capacity will transfer to every physical activity you undertake. Suddenly, running a 5k feels like the saddest little workout you ever did. Baseball doesn’t even seem like a sport, and football games are over before you get a chance to break a decent sweat. Your resting heartbeat will hover in the low 60s, and you’ll be able to hold sustained aerobic activity for hours.

You’ll also be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life. We practice the most effective lifts in the world—the snatch and the clean and jerk. Each of these movements is a full-body lift that requires power and coordination to complete. The weight goes through an unparalleled range of motion extremely quickly. This results in huge power output and work volume, and a whole boatload of strength.

Coordination comes from all aspects of the Crossfit experience. You’ll learn handstands, kipping, dips, muscleups, and a myriad of other gymnastics skills. Spatial awareness, balance, and agility will result. You’ll be a more effective athlete in every sport you try, because the learning curve for new skills will flatten significantly—you’ll already have all the building blocks you need.

Crossfit is not easy. You’ll pay for your gains in sweat and skin. Nonetheless, you’ll get better week after week and month after month, with no end in sight. You’ll do it with a great community of athletes who live for every moment of endorphin-induced bliss, and you’ll love every second.

Call your gym and cancel your membership. Come out to CrossFit Moncton, or stop by any of the Crossfit Affiliates. We’ll show you what you’re missing, and I guarantee you won’t ever want to go back.


13 Responses

  1. Pierre

    Happy new year guys!!

    Wish all the best for everybody!!

    As for my goal for 2009….doing “The Zone” all year round.
    Training 6 days a week.

  2. Kevin

    Here are mine…

    FGB score of 400
    Deadlift 400#
    400m in under 57 sec
    100 double unders
    5 handstand pushups
    Bench press body weight
    Tabata Something Else score of 425
    50 consecutive pullups
    Get a Level 2 Cert.

    Just a few…

  3. Pierre

    Well that’s a lot of goals for 2009 Kevin.

    I will look at my results and do the same for me!

    Oh, and I forgot one…..

    -Get a Level Cert 1.

  4. Krista

    some 2009 goals…

    CF Total of 452 (advanced for body weight)
    kipping pullups – lots of them!
    sub 22 minute 5km run
    50 consecutive double unders
    as many WODs as rx’ed as I can
    go watch the CF Games
    kick all kinds of butt on my bike! (focusing on the 4-5 hour races like in 2008)
    do a 20 second handstand
    i’m with pierre – i’d love to do a level 1 cert too!

  5. Ed K

    Well put kevin.

    Some goals for 2009

    Make all new PRs for every crossfit work out Ive done

    Shed the remainder of my fat off and increase my strength

    Bring up my grade point average.. lol

    Get my diet under control and eat healthy

    Be a generally good person to others

    Don’t be afraid to tackle any challenges that arise

  6. Heather (Mum)

    Goals for 2009.
    Squat of 85 pounds
    Press of 70 pounds
    Deadlift of 90 pounds

    Also I want to lose six inches off my waist. That is in addition to the three I have already lost.

  7. Heather (Mum)

    Kevin, No I haven’t reached these goals yet. squat 70 goal 85; press 50 goal 70; deadlift 75 goal 90 and lose six inches off waist.

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