I’ve been in and out of gyms for 20 years. I think I must have tried them all! You sign up, are given a 10-minute tour and then left to your own devices. The problem with this formula is that most of us don’t really know what we are doing when it comes to all those machines – we just keep hammering away with very little understanding of what we are doing right or wrong.
If you type Crossfit into Google you get bombarded with images of ridiculously fit-looking people throwing weighted balls at a wall, Olympic weight-lifting (yes, the girls, too) and swinging kettlebells bigger than my head. It looks pretty intimidating, so as a forty-something mother of two, I was mildly terrified walking through the doors of Crossfit Chichester for the first time!
But all my worries disappeared when I met Archie & Claude. They’re such relaxed, friendly guys, you immediately feel at ease and once they talked me through the CrossFit philosophy, I knew I’d come to the right place.
My biggest problem has always been my flexibility and after having kids, pelvis and hip pain added to the mix until I was at a point where I couldn’t bend down to pick up their toys off the floor. These problems had never been addressed at other gyms, but Claude tailored my warm-ups and workouts to place emphasis on my problem areas and taught me movements and stretches that I could do easily at home to increase my flexibility.
“Aside from gaining strength and stamina and increasing my mobility, my training at CrossFit has given me confidence back in my own body and its ability. I can do things now that I never thought I’d be able to do again (like touch my toes!) and with Claude and Archie’s careful guidance I know I can continue to progress and be fitter, faster, stronger than ever before.
My only regret is that I didn’t find CrossFit 20 years ago!
As a physiotherapist, I’m aware of the importance of exercise but have struggled in the past to put this in practice!
From the offset Claude and Archie were friendly and encouraging and I felt welcome in the gym. They took the time to work out my strengths and weaknesses (definitely more of one than the other!) and to teach me correct and safe technique, which is so important for preventing injury.
I was so unfit before I started that I was beginning to feel breathless after the two flights of stairs at work – and although I still have a way to go, my flexibility, strength and endurance have improved massively!
It makes a big difference working with trainers that take a real interest in your life and goals, and with these guys you know they are genuinely excited to help you increase your fitness (I get a high five at the end of my workouts!)
I would definitely recommend CrossFit Chichester to anyone looking to improve their health, strength and fitness. With the help of Claude and Archie, I’m looking forward to improving further and achieving my goal of a full unassisted pull up by my 30th birthday!
So what happens when you take up CrossFit?