Your first Crossfit experience, that is!
We love noobs (novices) at SPSC Crossfit. You don't need to be "in shape" to do Crossfit. You don't need any experience AT ALL. That's why we're here...to teach you!
Crossfit's slogan is "Forging Elite Fitness". Don't let the word "elite" intimidate you - the slogan simply means we have the ability to take your body and skills as far as you're willing to go. Also, the word "fitness" is left to interpretation. Your idea of fit may change when you step into our doors ;) We're more interested in what your body can DO instead of focusing solely on how it looks (although squats and pull-ups develop beautiful bodies).
The quote “Our needs don’t vary by kind, only by degree” resonates profoundly with us at SPSC Crossfit. To us, this means that everyone from the most out of shape, over weight and deconditioned person (young or old) to the most elite and advanced athlete out there all have the same needs: squat, deadlift, push, pull, run, jump, etc. in various forms. These movements are ESSENTIAL to a good quality of life for humans and should be mastered.
If you've never done Crossfit - GOOD! We want to be your first experience and we want to make it fantastic, positive and challenging in all the right ways. We want to show you your potential, highlight your strengths and help you improve your weaknesses. We want to make you feel comfortable, cared for and welcome. Our members also do a great job at making you feel cared for and welcome - they are hands down some of the best people you will ever meet in your life.
So you say you're not in good enough shape to start Crossfit? Seriously...that makes no sense. You have to exercise before you start exercising? You have to lose weight before you join a gym? You have to get strong before you start to lift weights?.. WTF...Now are you going to start off pumping out pull-ups and back squatting your body weight? Probably not. But we all start somewhere. If you're willing to put the work in and commit to improving yourself, you will achieve greatness with our guidance.
Ok..maybe you've "worked out" in the past but you have never lifted weights -PERFECT! This means you don't have any bad habits to break. We can build a solid foundation, develop your mechanics and, over time, increase the intensity when it's appropriate to do so.
Oh another good one!! Maybe you have a pre-existing/old injury so that must mean you're not be able to do anything we do at the gym. Right? WRONG. Many of our members came to us with existing injuries. Hell, some of our members started Crossfit with us well into their late 40's and 50's...do you think they came to us with perfect mobility, flexibility and without some old injuries and limitations? Of course not. We can teach you how to work around those issues and work towards gradually improving and strengthening those areas. We also have the wonderful services of Dr. Maggio of Peak Performance Sports Therapy within our facility so you can #getyobrokeselffixed. Seriously, though..check him out.
To be perfectly honest, most people are simply attempting to get off of their asses to lose weight, get healthy, function well and learn some new skills in the process. This is the bread and butter of the Crossfit Community and you should join us!!
Our focus is THE PEOPLE! The Average Joe. The new Mom trying to get back into shape after having a baby. The grandparents trying to stay healthy and independent.
Trying to build a nice butt and shoulders for beach season? We have you covered. (see what I did there?)
Trying to lose body fat? BOOM! We're the ones.
Do you want get strong and lift heavy things? Yep, we do a lot of that here.
We find nothing more rewarding than helping someone achieve their first pull up. Even their first PUSH UP! Hell, squatting correctly without the assistance of a box is an achievement in and of it's self.
But what if you aspire to be a competitor within the Sport of Crossfit? Then we have a program for you, too. After you have mastered pull ups and dips, can you work towards advanced gymnastics movements like muscle-ups? HELL YES! Do you want to refine your snatch technique? We have the trained eye and knowledge to help you do so. If your goal is to compete within the Sport of Crossfit, LET'S GET AFTER IT! We can take your strength and skills to the next level.
And if you have no idea what a snatch or muscle-up is... IT DOESN'T MATTER :) Just think of starting Crossfit as starting a new job or school... its ALL new to you.
You're going to be nervous.
You have to learn where the bathroom is.
You have to learn where (and what!) the equipment is (we don't have fancy machines with picture tutorials on them ;).
You have to learn new terminology.
You'll have to meet new people.
You'll be put out of your comfort zone and you'll be forced to come to terms with your weaknesses and you'll learn how to improve upon your strengths.
And IF you're willing to stick it out...you will see change and growth in so many ways. Changes in your body. Change in your mindset. Through struggle comes growth!
Your Crossfit experience is all based on YOUR goals and YOUR personal dedication.
Do you want to simply lose body fat and look great naked? Or do you want to develop yourself into a competitive Crossfit athlete? (There is a difference in Training Crossfit and Training for the Sport of Crossfit- more on that later ;)
We have a LOT of strong and well-conditioned people. We have plenty of lean, mean, fit machines. But we also have plenty of people that are just starting their fitness journey. Crossfitters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of our women can deadlift twice their body weight and can crank out pull-ups 5, 10, 15 repetitions at a time! We have men squatting with well over 300Ibs on the barbell and can walk across the gym in a handstand! They have developed those skills and capacity over time with hard work and dedication. Now did they walk into our doors with those skills and strengths? For the most part, no. Did some of them come to us with some natural abilities and some starting strength? Sure. But we continue to make them better.
I guess what I was trying to highlight with this post was that we're really great at making average people above average. That is our forte.
We want to make the Tampa Bay Area healthy and active.
Let us help you reveal the best version of yourself.
Come see what all of the chatter is about at SPSC Crossfit.
See you soon :)
Owner/Coach at St. Pete Strength & Conditioning, home of SPSC Crossfit.