Whenever a new client joins us, we start with the very basis of CrossFit, the key component of the foundation of athletic movement and fitness, the squat.
This movement and it's mastery denotes one of the many differences that Crossfit has as opposed to training in a "globo" gym. This term is a reference to the film Dodgeball, and adeptly describes gyms which favour machinery over coaches and mirrors instead of instruction. At a CrossFit Box (not gym) you should find knowledge, expertise and an ability to programme a workout to a client that is scaled if necessary, accounting for a lack of flexibility, injury or lack of conditioning.
Our new client here comes from an endurance background, and like many runners unfortunately suffers from a lack of flexibilty and core strength.
So how do we sove this problem? We educate the client in how to move in a functional way, training for a performance based fitness as opposed to an asthetic image which belies a true fitness.
A wise friend recently coined the phrase "go muscles, not show muscles". I think of what we do at CrossFit Hove as "Training for the athletic, not the asthetic".