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Society Still Isn’t Ready for CrossFit

We’ve come a long way educating the world about our crazy workout ways. Gyms have opened everywhere, and CrossFit has become a popular topic in mainstream media. However, even though the general public now seems to know something about CrossFit, we’re a long way from where we need to be.

1. Cities have no clue how to categorize us.

CrossFit gym owners will tell you that the city has no idea how to classify CrossFit boxes. Is it a gym? A health club? A personal training center? CrossFit gyms can be found in a million different city zones. Some cities only want CrossFit gyms in commercial zones, and some only want them in industrial zones. The confusion comes from simply not knowing what CrossFit is. The only “gyms” they know have machines and treadmills, and they need 300 parking spaces. We are still very much outside the mold.

2. We don’t understand muscles, especially on women.

I recently watched an episode of New Girl in which a girl was ridiculed as masculine because she had muscles and could do push-ups. I realize this is in comparison to Zooey Deschanel’s character, who is barely capable of lifting her knitting needles, but it was pretty insulting. Models are either stick thin or “plus size,” which most of the time just means they have slightly more fat on them. As it turns out, if you have muscles, you’re also going to be larger than the average model, but by no means does this make you “fat.” We simply don’t know what “” looks like.

3. Our perceptions come from CrossFit fail videos.

Stop posting these. Why doesn’t anyone post videos of mobility classes and beginners classes and elderly clients relearning how to move? Why don’t we post CrossFit movement theory videos? The only current perception is that people get hurt doing CrossFit. Our gyms are more than just hot people getting shredded. If we want validity in society, we have to demonstrate the fundamental, positive changes we produce.

4. Our kids have no idea how to move.

I recently taught a group of 18-year-olds who had never been required to do physical activity since playing tag in PE in middle school. When our young adults have so little mobility that they can’t squat, what do we expect them to be capable of at age 40? CrossFitters are teaching kids movements that they are not getting in school and attitudes they aren’t getting from their PE coaches. Our kids are not only sedentary but they also have very little movement vocabulary. “Running the mile” at school is not the only way to be .

CrossFit has a place in this society and could obviously bene us greatly. However, we have a responsibility to show the true value of CrossFit — teaching kids what healthy is, teaching sound movement quality to our adult population, changing an unhealthy perception of beauty, and showing society the value of community and small business.

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Weekly Updates

Free Week of Classes: If you have a friend who is interested in our CrossFit program please share this link with them! All new inquiries receive a free week of classes!

Nutrition Challenge Winners: Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Nutrition Challenge! We also want to congratulate our winners Bruce and Anne! You guys did an amazing job!

Holiday Schedule:

December 24th: 8:30 & 9:30 AM classes only!

December 25th: Closed

December 26th: Resume Regular Schedule!

December 31st: 8:30 & 9:30 AM classes only!

January 1st: Closed

January 2nd: Resume Regular Schedule!

CrossFit Kids: No classes December 24th & 31st!

$120 for 12 sessions. Click here to sign up!

Monday/Wednesday 

3:45 PM (ages 6-10)

4:15 PM (10 – 13)

Saturday

12:30 (ages 6 – 13)

High School CrossFit: No Classes December 25th & January 1st!

Tuesday/Thursday

3:30 PM

9:00 PM

Email dan@raddcrossfitnsli.com for more information.

Weightlifting: No classes December 24th & 31st!

Wednesday

6:00 PM

Saturday

11:30 AM

Is the Gym Your Therapy?

We all have good days, and we all have bad days — that’s just the ebb and flow of life. Whether it is related to work, family,  relationships, or money, we can constantly find ourselves in a stressful frame of mind. So how do we handle this? Some eat, some drink, some shop, some cry, some scream. We lift. We run. We head straight for the box. Everyone has heard by now that exercise releases those lovely endorphins that make us happy. We feel better after a workout session. Usually after you catch your breath, of course, the happiness comes. A lot of us use the gym as our therapist and seek the action and feeling we get in the box. That release of endorphins beckons to us throughout our really awful day. It calls to us. It shows us the light at the end of the tunnel. Here are three easy ways to tell if you are using CrossFit as your therapist.

1. Nothing makes you feel as good as throwing heavy weight around.

If you are like me, you have walked in the gym angry, in search of a steel bar and some rubber bumper plates. There is no cure for frustration like that of picking up heavy weight — whatever that number may be for you — and hearing that satisfying clang as it crashes to the ground after a completed lift. It just feels good. Instead of punching people in the face (joking, of course), you pick up the bar, execute a lift, and gratifyingly drop the weight (from no higher than hip level, of course). It soothes the soul. It allows the frustration to fall to the floor with the weights. Soon, you find that the anger is falling away, and those lovely endorphins are creeping in. Ahhh, therapy.

2. You check the clock, waiting on class time.

Picture this: you are at work. It’s been a stressful day. People you delegated to dropped the ball. Customers called and complained all day long. Your boss asked you to work extra hours this weekend. Someone ate your perfectly zoned lunch you had stored in the refrigerator with your name on it. And the guy in the office next to you insists on singing with the radio.

It hasn’t been a fun day. You keep longing, waiting, wishing for the clock to reach 5:00pm, so you can run out the door and run right to the box. You yearn for the moment you can swing open the gym door and be met with the smell of stale sweat and rubber.

As you sit at your desk, you swear the clock stopped working. Surely it has been longer than five minutes, right? You know it’s coming, that sweet release of tension that is piling up on your shoulders. Come on, clock! Move!

This, my friends, may mean you are using the gym as therapy.

3.  All of your friends go to Happy Hour. You go to the gym.

You have gotten a thousand texts throughout the day about Happy Hour. Everyone you know is going to your favorite spot. It’s where they will sit, unwind, and let go of the stresses of the day or week. You will be surrounded by friends, colleagues, co-workers. It would be a good time, certainly, and you may go… after the gym. You think to yourself that this workout must be completed. You have to know how you will do. You can finish it, shower (or not) and meet everyone at the bar with plenty of time to spare. Problem solved! You would rather be surrounded by loud music and hard work right now. That’s what you need. The bar will be there later, you think. I have a date with Fran.

We choose the box to fight the frustrations of life. We choose the box as the place to sweat our troubles away. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, even though others may tell us differently. Why pay a doctor a lot of money when we can bang it out at the box? I’ll meet you at the bar, or I’ll be home to help with the kids, but first I’m going to drop some weight and hang from a rig for an hour. There is no need to call us crazy; this is where we get rid of the crazy.

Read More: Tabata Times

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Our Flash Sale Website will be available until December 8th. Quantity is limited and once the Flash Store is closed, the opportunity for purchase is over.

Free Week of Classes: If you have a friend who is interested in our CrossFit program please share this link with them! All new inquiries receive a free week of classes!

Nutrition Challenge: This week marks the end of our six week challenge! In order to be considered you must take your measurements and photo by Wednesday, December 10th. You must also have your measurements taken by the same person who took your measurements in the beginning of the challenge. If you did not pay you are out of the Nutrition Challenge.

RADD Holiday Party: We need a head count by this Wednesday, December 10th. If you are planning to attend please pay the next time you come in and add your name to the whiteboard.

Black Ice Competition:

Black Ice Competition: Hartford Connecticut

There is a doubles competition at CrossFit Hartford on January 10th that a few people have already signed up for.  If you are in fact interested in competing please register by Monday December 8th.

Competition Overview: This competition will be conducted in teams of two. There will be same gender and co-ed teams, Scaled and RX Divisons.

Choosing RX or scaled: If you have NEVER done a CrossFit competition (not including in house competitions) we advise you to go scaled. If you have done a competition but are still having trouble with RX’d workouts then you should go scaled. If you are unsure please talk to Rob or Dan and we will guide you. The standards are listed below.

CrossFit Kids: We no longer have a class for ages 3 – 5.

$120 for 12 sessions. Click here to sign up!

Monday/Wednesday 

3:45 PM (ages 6-10)

4:15 PM (10 – 13)

Saturday

12:30 (ages 6 – 13)

High School CrossFit: $170 for 12 sessions.

Tuesday/Thursday

3:30 PM

9:00 PM

Email dan@raddcrossfitnsli.com for more information.

Weightlifting: Coach Rob M.

Wednesday

6:00 PM

Saturday

11:30 AM

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