When I tell people I am opening a gym, they immediately ask, oh a CrossFit gym? I kinda cringe at this question because there is a lot about CrossFit that I love, but there is so much that I want to separate myself from with 202strong. I am not opening just another affiliate. 202strong is different! Ok, yea sure Maddie, everyone says that about their business and everyone's child is the best and a superstar and different. So using the word "different" isn't going to fly.
I don't want to bash CrossFit, I love it, but I am sick of hearing people say that CrossFit is too hard, or I will get hurt, or "you do CrossFit you are crazy!". I have clients who NEVER exercised prior to walking in the doors and at the age of 50+ learned how to weight lift and live a noticeably easier everyday life because of what they have learned in the gym.
So when someone asks me about my gym, what do I tell them? If we aren't a new CrossFit gym in the area, who are we? Are we a gym that employs the principles of CrossFit but the core focus is proper movement? (I really like that one). I chose to use proper movement over functional movements because EVERYONE does functional training now. What does that even mean nowadays? Does that mean you will flip tires and climb ropes? Well, it can mean that but 202strong won't have any tires in our facility. We will however, analyze your squat mechanics and show you how to squat, explain why you want to squat that way, and prove to you that you will have healthier knees, reduced back pain, and an easier time living your everyday life if you learn how to squat properly. To me, that is functional fitness but it is also proper movement. That is what 202strong is all about.
Will we provide you with a tough workout and challenge you? Of course! But will we beat you into the ground so that you are so sore you can't come back? Or provide workouts with no rhyme or reason except they look hard and fun? NO!
We will teach you, we will challenge you, and we will provide you with the guidance to help you make changes to your health, your fitness, and your overall quality of life.
Who wouldn't want to work towards living a more pain free life? Who doesn't want a strong body that can do what you want it to and look great naked or in your favorite pair of jeans? We will certainly challenge you, you will definitely try new things, and it won't be easy. Life is challenging, you always have to try new things, and nothing worthwhile is EVER easy! If you tend to avoid challenges, well I wish you luck in the world.
So, now that I got my thoughts on paper, I think I can describe 202strong as a movement focused gym that employs the core principles of CrossFit.