Training with Direction or Just training?

Training with Direction or Just Training?

What’s the difference between working out at Oregon CrossFit (either in group or individual training) vs. going to a gym and doing your own thing? In a word, Programming. And in one more word, experience.

In terms of working out or training on my own for years (prior to CrossFit), I struggled to find a routine or plan, you have no accountability, and often you find yourself searching the web or reading “Men’s Health” to find a new “routine”. Once you find a routine you might stick with it for 2-6 weeks, maybe if you did P90X you make it 90 days (I did, but man, Tony Horton’s voice was annoying).

You grow tired of those sets of 10 at the bench press and even if you find a new “movement”, you aren’t sure if you are doing it correctly and if it feels “odd”, or if you fear that you may look silly doing it, it’s not likely to be included in your routine moving forward (the whole concept of having a routine is not even the best way to think about exercising but that is for another conversation).

In short, you aren’t varying your workouts often, because well, you aren’t an expert at “working out”, so your knowledge is limited to what you have read in a magazine (that probably just gives you a workout plan that some trainer sold that magazine after training your favorite action hero for his or her latest movie role). You’re likely to fall into a routine of picking out the exercises you like from the workout plan and you aren’t likely to try new things, people are comfortable with what is familiar to them. Not being an expert at working out is okay - that is why we are here!

When training at Oregon CrossFit, the training session doesn’t have to be your typical visit to a gym (30 mins of cardio and 30 mins of lifting without any major deviation). Instead we can train you in group training if that aligns with your goals (build a base of general physical preparedness) or train you individually (let's say you want to train towards a specific goal and it is outside of the group training or you want to reach your goal faster). Maybe you are super busy and can only dedicate 2x 30-minute sessions at OC with an hour at home training later in the week, That is okay, we are doing that now with members and they are having great success!

At OC, we spend hours and hours working to develop each month’s daily plan of workouts, accessories and overall training to make sure that you will be pushed in a healthy manner and the end result is that you will improve your General Physical Preparedness, your appearance and your ability to handle everyday life. You can expect to do something new regularly and on any given week, your Monday, Wednesday and Friday won’t look like the following week’s Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You will be doing new movements, with lighter weights and heavier weights, working out from 4 minutes to 30 minutes and with varying degrees of intensity (you can’t go hard everyday - it is a path to disaster).

All of these changes help you towards the path of health or if you already healthy give you a way to stay that way. The programming for example on Wednesdays is built around the premise that 99% of the people have enough stress in their lives and need a day to move thru common movements without the sole focus being the timer or moving “fast”. These movements can be carrying things, learning how to get up after laying down, dragging a sled, pushing a prowler, or condition base building. These days on Wednesday also involve everyday activities, squatting, hinging, pulling, pressing. Also focusing on breathing and doing nose breathing exercises help relax your mind and body while you work. This type of work is important and probably the easiest day to skip when you are training on your own.

When we look at your health and fitness and we prescribe a plan of action - we are looking at the next 90 days plus - and typically we want to lay out a foundation that keeps you working and progressing for years to come, not just for the upcoming 6 weeks (yes in 6 weeks you can do a lot and make progress, but we know that it takes 90 days to build a lasting habit and that is what we are after). Between the programming and the vast experience of coaches here at Oregon CrossFit we know that we can help anyone reach their goals and do it in a manner that makes sense for your long term future not just in the short term.


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