WHY GT WORKS (project #evolve)


GT which is a functional training system has a lot in common with CrossFit.  It takes training to a whole new level and it’s clients to a more goal-oriented approach.  The community that I am building are mentally tougher and physically fit.  No more excuses only changes.  The level of dedication has been totally inspiring.  We aspire to be our personal great and inspire others to no longer ask “WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE” but instead define it by pushing things to the limit.  Living in the uncomfortable and embracing the SUCK.  Below was an article about how a lot of athletes or triathletes to be precise use CrossFit as their main training system.  I don’t train you to be good at specific sports but to be FIT.  I don’t make you lose weight – I melt fat, insecurity, and doubt from you.  I don’t make my clients skinny – but fit, mentally tough, and confident.

Plain and simple I want people to embrace the change.  I offer you knowledge and a wealth of it.  I not only show you what you can become but what you should not be.  I bring results to a whole new level of awareness and I will not stop.  Only it takes is belief in oneself and an open mind.  And the key is project #evolve – a new definition for living inspiring fighting and triumph to overcome fear, insecurity, and self-doubt.  It was not an accident you took the Buck Challenge it was part of your evolution.  Are you ready to drop BOOMSAUCE?

CrossFit (CF) has become incredibly popular over the past few years. It has gained attention worldwide among both the fitness-loving masses and performance-minded endurance athletes.

Many triathletes, however, are skeptical of the program given CrossFit’s “hardcore” reputation, and have thus far chosen to pass on CrossFit in favor of more conservative strength training approaches. However, with more and more endurance athletes regularly using CrossFit these days, CrossFit’s reputation is changing for the better.

More: Why Short Workouts Can Help Build Endurance

DUSTIN (top 800 in the world tennis player) – GT ASSASSIN!

In my previous article, I outlined five ways in which an intelligent CrossFit program can benefit triathletes. CrossFit teaches proper body mechanics; it identifies athletic weakness and imbalance and provides tools to address them; it builds greater strength, power, agility and speed; it develops and builds true functional strength; and finally it develops skills that transfer to specific endurance sports.

In other words, CrossFit can expose the causes of overuse injuries and minimize them. And it can help improve athletic performance overall. This follow up article provides practical advice on how to effectively incorporate a CrossFit program into your regular swim, bike and run schedule. Follow these five steps to blend CrossFit into your routine for the chance to enjoy fewer injuries and greater racing success this season.

1) Do your research.

CrossFit gyms seem to be popping up on all street corners these days. Choose one that has a history, a good reputation in your community and a thorough basics or “on ramp” program.

Ideally you want a gym (or “box” in CF parlance) that has experienced coaches who work with endurance athletes or who are endurance athletes themselves. For example, San Francisco CrossFit has a well-trained and experienced endurance staff, and endurance athlete-specific CrossFit classes.

2) Be responsible for your own limiters and weakness.

Many athletes come to CrossFit with one pre-existing condition or another. Own your injury by letting your coach know before the workout. The instructor can keep an extra eye on you and offer specific suggestions to get you back to health more quickly and/or to prevent a frustrating re-injury. That’s a win-win.

More: Eliminate Excuses: No Buts About It

3) Prioritize mobility, lifting mechanics, strength, power and metabolic conditioning in that order.

The deeper you get into your own specific and demanding workouts (track, tempo, hills, long rides/runs) and the competitive season, the less you are able to handle everything that CrossFit can throw at you. That’s ok. When push comes to shove, you should focus on the basics: mobility, good movement mechanics and strength.

If you are new and/or are fatigued from your endurance training, you can conservatively avoid the high intensity (and riskier) power and metabolic conditioning workouts.

4) Prioritize your sport.

CrossFit is becoming a competitive sport with its own sponsors, competitions and professional athletes. Similar to professional triathletes, these CrossFit athletes demonstrate incredible ability and work capacity through a combination of talent and hard work. It can be easy to get sucked into their competitions, forgetting your own racing season and your own purpose for being there. Remember, you are an endurance athletes using CrossFit for your own competitive ends. You should purposely avoid racing in CrossFit so it doesn’t detract from your primary endurance goals.

More: How to Set Inspiring Goals

5) Be patient and keep a long view.

CrossFit will expose you to a whole new and exciting world of technical Olympic lifting, power lifting and gymnastic movement. Be patient with yourself and enjoy being a “newbie” athlete all over again. The majority of injuries that occur in CF are when athletes rush too soon into workouts with too much intensity.

A good CrossFit coach will slow you down and emphasize technique, consistency in movement and intensity, in that order. Remember, (similar to endurance sports) it takes years to sufficiently develop the motor control, positional strength and capacity to run with the top athletes and at your full potential.

More: Why Technique is Vital to Performance

CrossFit can bring an enormous added valued to your endurance program and provide a new athletic spark for the season. To safely incorporate CrossFit into your endurance training: do your research, take responsibility for your own limitations, prioritize mobility and movement mechanics over everything else, prioritize your sport, and finally be patient with your progress. If you follow these steps you will have the ultimate success: fewer injuries and greater performances in this upcoming season and in seasons to come. Train well.

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About Mickel

Husband, Father, fitness enthusiast. GTfit founder. We often settle and find that moving, even at a slow pace hard. I am here to show you that no matter how slow - PROGRESS IS STILL PROGRESS. #evolve

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