The Problem With Crossfit… – Kaizen Outdoor Fitness

Hi – it's Garry Robinson here from KaizenOutdoor Fitness.

This video is about how you can deliver allthe benefits of a Crossfit program to your clients, without any of the downside.

Group Outdoor Personal Training, CivilianBootcamps and Crossfit® are general physical preparedness programs (GPP).

In other words, the outcome of the trainingis to prepare the participants for the general physical demands of modern life.

This ‘everyday fitness’ often requiresus to carry out such diverse tasks as: Running for a busLifting small children Pushing cars that won’t start, or Carrying shopping bags upstairs when the liftis out Participating in a community charity fun runHauling bags of mulch into the trunk of a car after a trip to the garden centre.

We may also have to Climb trees to rescue stray footballs, catsor kids Place bags in overhead lockers on planesParticipate in a pop-up ball game at a family picnic You get the idea… Now, what is notable is that the side effects of GPP training includes fatloss, better mobility, strong and healthy bones, a ‘toned’ body and a more focusedmind.

It is these benefits that are drawing moreand more people to GPP programs such as Crossfit®, civilian bootcamps and group outdoor personaltraining.

Gyms don't work because the facilities andservices they provide are simply irrelevant to 95% of the general population.

Most of the machines in these places actuallyinvolve sitting down, an exercise that most of us get plenty of training in already! Group exercise classes are slightly betterfrom a fun and functional point of view but they generally over-emphasise aerobic / enduranceand neglect to train the lactate and phosphateenergy systems.

In fact, they often omit power and fast-twitchstrength completely.

So GPP programs based on functional movements, teamwork, and led byprofessional fitness coaches are becoming increasingly popular because they are morerelevant to our everyday lives.

Why? Because the movements and drills replicate real life situations.

See, under stress, we revert to our training.

If this training is practical and functionalthen we become better equipped at dealing with the unpredictable demands that life throwsat us.

Crossfit® is an excellent example of a GPPexercise prescription.

Its philosophy of constantly varied, functional exercises thatare often done at high intensity closely resembles real life tasks.

It has become the training method of choicefor military and emergency services because of the extreme physical challenges that thoseprofessions face on a daily basis.

However, the drawback of Crossfit® for thegeneral public is the Olympic lifting and powerlifting components.

Barbell weight lifting is a fringe sport that requires skill.

While it is no doubt effective at buildingstrength, the movements are complicated and require access to a knowledgeable coach ifthey are to be learned safely.

Because barbell lifting is a sport, it does not truly reflect real world loads.

Many people struggle with the wrist and thoracicmobility required to make these lifts safely.

In particular, supporting a loaded bar inthe ‘rack’ position is extremely uncomfortablefor most people and is often impossible for untrained athletes.

Sandbags are great alternative to barbellsfor Crossfit coaches, bootcamp operators and outdoor personal trainers.

They are generally constructed from durable, military-grade materials and are virtually indestructible.

Unlike metal bars, they will not corrode ifthey get wet and can be transported to and from the park or beach easily.

The shifting weight and awkward size meansthat sandbags simulate real life loads too.

They can be lifted, dragged, thrown, slammed, passed, caught and grappled with safety.

Imagine the damage caused by throwing or slamminga loaded barbell and you will see why sandbags are actually far more versatile for the outdoortrainer.

There is a further benefit for bootcamp businessowners– because the weight comes from sand, they are extremely cost effective.

Good bumper plates cost upwards of $5 perkilogram and a single Olympic bar will set you back several hundred dollars.

The whole Olympic lifting set for one personcould easily set you back $1000 whereas a good quality, purpose-made sandbag can bepurchased for a tenth of the price.

If you invested in only one piece of resistancetraining equipment for your bootcamps, sandbags would be a really good choice.

In terms of a viable substitute for barbells, nothing comes close.

Just to recap then, Everyday fitness can be gained by followinga structured, program of general physical preparedness such as CrossfitHealth clubs and gyms don’t work because the facilities and services are irrelevantto 95% of the population.

Crossfit is awesome but the Olympic liftingelement is impractical and inappropriate for untrained athletes (the majority of our clients)Sandbags offer an extremely viable alternative to barbell training – especially in an outdoorenvironment.

Now, if you would like and endless supplyof done-for-you GPP programs based on movements and drills that replicate real life situations- that's all the benefits of Crossfit workouts without the skill demands of barbell lifting- you should join Kaizen Outdoor Fitness Membership.

Because each week I send out 6 group outdoor workouts, carefully designedto provide constant variety.

Each one is scaled so that every individualin your group gets to train at intensity that's right for them and there are even video demosof the exercises so you can see how to coach and cue the movements.

Not only will this save you hours of timeeach week, these programs will accelerate the results of your clients and eliminatetraining plateaus that are inevitable when you simply piece together random workout ideas.

This is a very competitive, results-drivenbusiness Don't risk your reputation by delivering 'random'workout programs outside the context of a carefully prepared programKaizen Outdoor Fitness workout programs are now considered to be the gold standard incivilian group fitness training.

Join Kaizen Outdoor Fitness now and raiseyour standards.

See you inside!.

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