CrossFit is a core
strength and conditioning program.
We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.
The CrossFit Program was developed to enhance an individual's competency at all physical tasks.
Our Athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess. CrossFit has proven effective in these arenas. Aside from the breadth or totality of fitness the CrossFit Program seeks, our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful nutritional strategies. Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways.
We train our athletes in gymnastics from rudimentary to advanced movements garnering great capacity at controlling the body both dynamically and statically while maximizing strength to weight ratio and flexibility.
We also place a heavy emphasis on Olympic Weightlifting having seen this sport's unique ability to develop an athlete's explosive power, control of external objects, and mastery of critical motor recruitment patterns. And finally, we encourage and assist our athletes to explore a variety of sports as a vehicle to express and apply their fitness.
In gyms and health clubs throughout the world the typical workout consists of isolation movements and extended aerobic sessions.
The fitness community from trainers to magazines has the exercising public believing that lateral raises, curls, leg extensions, sit-ups and the like combined with 20-40 minute stints on the stationary bike or treadmill are going to lead to some kind of great fitness. At CrossFit we work exclusively with compound movements and shorter high intensity cardiovascular sessions. We've replaced the lateral raise with push press, the curl with pull-ups, and the leg extension with squats. For every long distance effort our athletes will do five or six at short distance. Why? Because compound or functional movements and high intensity or anaerobic cardio is radically more effective at eliciting nearly any desired fitness result. Startlingly, this is not a matter of opinion but solid, irrefutable, scientific fact and yet the marginally effective old ways persist and are nearly universal.
Our approach is consistent
with what is practiced in elite training programs associated with major university
athletic teams and professional sports.
So, the question is, how committed are you to your life? CrossFit is about getting better at life. If you are serious about your health and fitness, then CrossFit is for you. We promise you we won't waste a second of your time with silly exercise routines. As my 8 year old son Luke says, "we don't use machines, we make em."
If you want to train with two guys who are absolutely committed to becoming the best at life and providing a space for you to do the same, come and see us. We utilize a closed gym format so our athletes come to regularly scheduled classes. Call us beforehand to find out times.
Our next "Elements" class, which all new CrossFitters are required to take, begins on Monday, November 26th at 8am or 6:30pm and runs Mon/Wed/Fri for two weeks, finishing on December 7th. If the 8am or 6:30pm class time does not work with your schedule, please call Erik to discuss other scheduling options.
We are located in the Aspen Airport Business Center (AABC) in the "Ski.com Building" at 210 AABC, Suite N, Aspen, Colorado 81611.
Erik Jon Larson