When you go to the gym, are you training for the physical demands of everyday life? Are you training to truly enhance your health and fitness, so that you can live into your 80’s and still feel great?  I’ve made the mistake of training for aesthetics only, and seen countless of others do the same. Why would you want to look good but be weak and useless? You never know when shit will hit the fan, and you will be forced to use your body to save your life or the life of a love one.

During my early years as a personal trainer I was 100% bought in to the mainstream fitness trend. I was your stereotypical personal trainer with the Adidas sweat pants and tight dry-fit shirts. Following the standard of the industry, I had my clients stay with low intensity bodybuilding movements. Staring at themselves in the mirror, I would have my clients do cable crossovers, sit-ups on bosu-balls, leg presses on the machine, etc. We used every machine imaginable! This is great if you want to get bulky and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is not the answer if you want to be healthy and live a long-life, both medication-free and away from doctors, all while doing the things you love.

One of my first encounters with CrossFit, I saw a video of a man doing ring muscle ups and lifting some seriously heavy weight. He must have gone on with these two challenging movements for 7 minutes without stopping! It was so different from anything I had ever seen or learned. At first I was skeptical, but then I realized this man was Rich Froning, fittest on earth. 4 time CrossFit Games Champ. Fitness at its finest. I did some more research and learned that he had been training this way for years. He completes multiple training sessions and eats 5,000-7,000 calories every day. Rich Froning is a great example of what can happen if the CrossFit method is applied properly. Most people think that’s what CrossFit is all about. I’m here to tell you it’s not.

CrossFit Games competitors, such as Rich Froning, are on the extreme end of the CrossFit spectrum. The truth is, most people that I have helped over the years implementing the CrossFit methodology are everyday people looking to get healthy and fit. These wonderful people include everyone from the 70-year-old grandfather and soccer moms to doctors and CEOs. They look great, and are very healthy. They also do things that most people can’t. For example; they run, jump, climb, and lift heavy objects. Our training programs allows them walk around at Disney World for hours without getting tired. They have the energy to play with their children and at most points out-play their kids. Running marathons and Spartan Races become a hobby, and they complete them with ease. They are a force to be reckon with when they play sports, both recreationally and professionally. They are ten times more productive at work and at life in general. They are simply living a better life.


In Strength,

Erik Lipetz