The health and fitness industry is a very broad and uniquely diversified culture in the sense that every training style and gym brand has its own special culture and specific benefits to it. At Friction CrossFit we are happy to have the opportunity to educate first time and veteran fitness enthusiasts about the unique processes and benefits Friction CrossFit training provides.
Within the walls of a CrossFit gym, newcomers are always surprised to find that the equipment seems very limited. We often hear “It’s a wide-open space!” or “It’s an empty box,” earning CrossFit gyms (15,000 around the world and growing) the nickname “the box.” One of the unique characteristics of this training methodology is that we don’t use machines, our bodies are the machines and within the box we learn how to use them.
The movements you find in each CrossFit class are characterized as functional movements. This means that they mimic real life situations, actions and tasks; therefore, improving your strength or endurance. These functional movements have a real-life impact on how you move outside of the gym, which makes getting around or doing everyday tasks that much easier.
A Friction CrossFit Example
One common example is a movement called a “clean.” This movement requires the individual to lift an object from the ground to the shoulder in one fluid and powerful action. In the gym we use anything from a barbell, medicine ball, dumbbell or kettle bell. This allows us to progressively add weight as technique and allow for improvement of strength. For the benefit of everyday use, a “clean” is the action required to pick up a bag of mulch and load it into your vehicle or a wheelbarrow.
If you’re doing CrossFit, it’s helping you improve your ability to get your landscaping done with more ease and safer mechanics! We even like to think we help in keeping up with kids and grand kids as a “clean” would also be similar to picking a child up from the ground to your shoulder (we train cardio as well, so you’re able to run after them too)! Our team considers CrossFit training fitness for life and our members couldn’t agree more as the best testimonials we receive are that everyday tasks are that much easier.
Quantifiable Results at Friction CrossFit
Lastly, we consider our method of fitness to be quantifiable; meaning we can measure it, for example, making progress in the “clean” we mentioned above. We want to see that you’re making improvements and progress, and so do you, especially if we know that progress impacts the quality of your everyday life!
In the box we measure everything from body weight, muscle mass, how much weight you can move on a barbell, to how many push ups you can do and much more! This yields a broad spectrum of movements to allow for improvements for years and years as well as giving you the ability to perform a multitude of movements that will serve you in any environment or situation. We call this “capacity”. In the CrossFit model we seek to improve this capacity at any age and sustain it for the remainder of life so as to best enjoy life in all its stages.
Versatility of Programs
At Friction CrossFit we have programs that cater to kids, adults and seniors. We personally meet with each individual in a “No Sweat Intro” and learn their fitness goals and what value it will bring to their life. This makes our job all that more important to us because it is important to you! We are excited to announce that we will be having a “CrossFit at Home Class” where you can learn more Functional Movements, meet the coaches, check out the “box” and learn simple exercises that will aid in keeping you healthier for a lifetime without ever having to leave home to get in a workout!
Our Partnership with Clear Connections Chiropractic
We have been proud partners of our friends over at Clear Connections Chiropractic because our vision matches so well with their vision of helping people “live the D.R.E.A.M.” D.R.E.A.M. stands for Diet, Rest, Exercise, Alignment and Mental Health. Friction CrossFit has been happy to help with the exercise and diet department, and even mental health with stress-relieving workouts. We also provide a great community for that extra accountability on tough days! Dr. Sean and Dr. Krystal have been wonderful at helping keep us and our members in alignment and also share that belief that we should be doing this in every stage of our lives. Join them for their “Lunch and Learn” where you can meet the docs (they’re amazing!), learn about the benefits of chiropractic care and how Clear Connections can help you best “live the D.R.E.A.M.!”
We want to thank Bobby Armock at Friction CrossFit Grand Rapids for his wonderful blog post!!! We will have more to come featuring our partnership with Friction CrossFit over the next few months! You can checkout their website here: https://frictioncrossfit.com/
Also, if you are interested in scheduling an exam and consultation with us here at Clear Connections Chiropractic so you can start living the D.R.E.A.M. click here: https://clearconnectionschiropractic.com/book-now/