An excuse that’s heard all too often is, “I can’t do CrossFit without first getting in shape.” The preconceived notion that CrossFit can’t be done without being in decent physical shape is something that CrossFit hasn’t done a good job in rejecting. In fact, the most impressive transformations have come from people who have been sedentary for years. Most people have their first glimpse into the world of CrossFit through watching the CrossFit Games or CrossFit Regionals. As a result, this gives people a warped perception of what CrossFit really is. They are watching the best one percent complete extremely difficult workouts with massive loads of weight. Who wouldn’t be intimidated after watching a spectacle like that! So, its seems logical to conclude that CrossFit scares as many as it attracts. Ask any of my friends that do not do CrossFit and they give me one of many excuses, which are completely incorrect assessments. Even though York Street CrossFit was built on the premise that CrossFit should produce a welcoming environment where all feel comfortable and supported, the name still haunts those that have never experienced CrossFit. Exercise in Denver is of extraordinary importance, whether it be for triathlons, obstacle courses, or sport. The problem is most aren’t as physically prepared as they could be. So, how does any person get fit without intimidation in the most efficient way possible?
Crossfit has become big business in the Denver market. When we opened our doors there were less than 10 CrossFit gyms in Denver, now there are more than 40. Everyone that owns a CrossFit gym knows that CrossFit scares as many as it attracts. As such, in order to appeal to a larger demographic many gyms have started to offer classes outside of CrossFit. These classes range from Yoga to Indoor Cycling. This allows the gym to hit a larger demographic. It also allows many CrossFit gyms the ability to show that CrossFit can be a very enjoyable experience. Having said that, CrossFit is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, what type of program will provide muscular endurance, explosive power, and peak heart rate similar to Crossfit? Well, there aren’t many out there. So, in our mind, some type of Hybrid Training that uses unconventional tools such as sandbags, kettlebells, battle ropes, sleds, dumbbells and maces will provide results many are looking for. This type of unconventional training will produce much better results than a bootcamp or HIIT class. The problem is, there aren’t many classes like this, which is why York Street CrossFit is working on an unconventional training class that we plan on launching in the very near future. There’s no question that CrossFit produces results, but we believe we can produce phenomenal results and cater to a larger athlete base. This, we hope, will provide people with a better understanding of how capable they are in performing explosive movements with little or no experience.