Joe Roth

DSC04237Prior to CrossFit I spent the better part of 10 years working out at the local “Globo-gym.”  I have always been self-motivated to get in the gym on a regular basis and was even known to record and change-up my workout routine from time to time.  The problem was, what I considered “changing-up” was really just a re-shuffling of all my staple (aka…favorite) lifts.  Then just throw in 20 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical a few times a week and I was good.
It wasn’t until starting CrossFit that I realized the true meaning of “constantly varied” movements.  In layman’s terms this translates to, “You will not get bored!”  This isn’t to say you will love every workout (remember, if you don’t fear your workout it’s not hard enough!) but your body will not hit the plateaus so commonly experienced with Globo-gym training. 
Another concept untapped for me prior to CrossFit was that of “functional movements.”  In addition to just making sense this translates to, “You’ll get ripped AND be able to run faster, jump higher, and “do life” better than ever before!”
The final component that defines CrossFit is “high intensity.”  To that, for those who have never stepped foot in a box, let me just say this…”You may think you know, but you have NO idea!” To those of us that have a little CrossFit experience it’s as simple as one four letter word…FRAN!
I could go on and on about why I love CrossFit….the scalability of the workouts, the competitive aspect of it, the technique and science behind the movements, the community sense at the heart of it all, etc.  In the end though, what really gets me is the ability of CrossFit to push someone past the boundaries they have set for themselves (whether consciously or subconsciously) and realize that God created the human body to do SO much more than I/you/me ever thought possible!
Having been a part of CrossFit for several years now my priorities (and body) have changed, putting less emphasis on competition and more on just staying healthy. This is sometimes easier said than done but realizing the importance of listening to our bodies as we age allows us to continue the pursuit of fitness in a safe and healthy manner which is our goal at CrossFit Praus. There’s always an option when you walk in the door and our coaches are always willing and able to provide safe, alternative training movements/methods to ensure everyone gets a great workout in! I’m just grateful to be a part of it!

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