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November 2017

Getting Stronger... Together!

Alone_teddy_by_jujudesignThere's a problem, actually a host of them, with doing something (important) on your own.

You only have your own experience to rely upon. This could be a real problem because if you don't have any (successful) experience to base your efforts on then you have no markers or reference points to tell you if you are doing the right thing.

You are accountable to only yourself. Having yourself as both monitor and motivator is going to be tough, really tough. You know for a fact that you will lie, whine and weasel your way out of doing things that you don't want to do (or are uncomfortable doing).

You will only push yourself so far. Experiencing intense physical effort is something that is completely and absolutely foreign to most people. Pushing your mind and body to work well outside its comfort zone is something that is scary and you will stop before you really experience it fully.

You really don't have the discipline to make yourself do it. Let's be honest for a moment. If you REALLY had the desire and the discipline to get yourself strong, mobile and healthy - then you would already be doing it.

Sounds pretty freaking dismal to me. I mean, what the hell are you going to do?

Let me make a suggestion. Let's look at the situation from a different perspective. Instead of tackling a problem, in this case your health and wellbeing, on your own, imagine you could assemble a team to help you. That team would be comprised of coaches, healthcare professionals, and people (just like you) who are trying to accomplish the same things that you are. Do you think that would make accomplishing your goal that much easier? I think it would...

Experience - If you were on a team that was led by a group of people who have over a CENTURY of experience training and transforming people; do you think your odds are better than doing this on your won?

Accountability - If you had a group of people who were as invested in your success as you are, and are going to be counting on you to show up and work as hard as they are; do you think your odds are better that doing this on your own?

Drive - If you were led by a team, who through example, will show you how much you can accomplish at any age and with any limitation; do you think your odds are better than doing this on your own?

Discipline - If you had a group of people, led by a team of dedicated individuals, that could show you how to create and foster the discipline that you need to succeed in the gym (and in life); do you think your odds are better than doing this on your own?

Let me finish with this: you can try to do this on your own and fail... again. Or you can do this with us and succeed beyond your wildest dreams. It's really up to you...

The Quest

What are you looking for when you go looking for a gym? It's a really interesting question and you're bound to get a ton of divergent answers; some good and some bad. What you are going to find is that everyone is looking for something different, at least on the surface, but they may not be even sure WHAT they are looking for and WHY they are looking for it.

Let me make it simple for you when it comes to CrossFit Koncepts. First I'll list the things we DON'T have (and never will) and then I'll list the things we DO. Then you can decide what is really important and what only seems important (at the surface).

What CrossFit Koncepts DOESN'T Have:

  • Pools, saunas or luxurious bathrooms... if you want those you should get them for your own home!
  • Machines (of any type), treadmills, or "stations"... you are the "machine" and cardio is best done in it's natural state (outside)!
  • Massage therapy, facials, or juice bars... there are a lot of places in the area that are better and more economical!
  • A team of "highly skilled" trainers to help you... you can pay them to watch you work out, check their phone, and keep you busy (not productive) for an hour!
  • Lots and lots of mirrors... so that you can take "selfies" of yourself at the gym (not working out)!
  • A group of people who are wearing headphones and avoiding eye contact... who are more self-conscious about their lack of progress than you are!

What CrossFit Koncepts DOES have:

  • A training facility, that has been around for over a decade... dedicated to creating people who are strong, mobile, healthy and are dedicated to training for life!
  • Not a single machine because you are the machine... you'll be using your body, some kettlebells, a bar and some simple but powerful tools; nothing more!
  • An association of professionals associated with our gym... from Chiropractors, Doctors, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists that will work with you get you feeling and moving better!
  • A real team of highly skilled and experienced trainers... comprised of a Master RKC, six RKC's and four HKC's with a combined teaching and training experience of over one hundred years!
  • There's a mirror in the bathroom... but we'll be happy to take a picture of you before, during or after your workout!
  • A real community of people who want you to succeed... and who will help you be accountable and honest to your goals!

So think HARD about what you are really looking for when it comes choosing somewhere to train.  Are you going there to be "seen" or to make progress in your quest to feel and move better?  If you are anxious to be seen... then I highly suggest you look into a membership at Lifetime or LA Fitness; you will find what you are looking for there. If you are looking for progress and results... then I implore you to look into joining us at CrossFit Koncepts; you will find what you are looking for there.  

Training with the Mace

There are a lot of tools that are available for you to train with. They are all screaming for your attention and demanding your time and training dollars. The problem is that the majority of the tools you are training with do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to improve your overall strength, athletic ability, mobility and viability as an athlete or human being.  Here is a good rule of thumb: the more you see it on TV and the more you see others doing it, the least valuable it is to you.

So, your job is to find the tools that are going to make you stronger, move better and more resilient. Personally, I look for the simplest solution and the simplest tool to solve a problem.

My problem was, after years of abusing my shoulders lifting weights and training in the martial arts, I was desperate for relief from the pain. All I heard from my doctors was that I would need reconstructive surgery on one or both shoulders to relieve the pain. That was not the answer I was looking for... not even close. Before committing to a course of action (that was going to take months to recover from) I started asking some friends that I trusted what they would do.

The answer came from my friend Richard "Army" Maguire. After listening to what I was going through Army suggested that I start doing some Mace and Indian Club work to see if it would give me some relief. So, I started slinging Clubs and swinging the Mace for a few minutes a day.  Miraculously, after a couple weeks of devoting a couple minutes a day, my shoulder pain was reduced by about seventy percent... which was amazing! The longer I kept training with these two powerful tools the stronger and more resilient my shoulders became.

So, if you need some strength, mobility and resiliency in your shoulders... I would humbly suggest that you explore the Indian Clubs and the Mace to solve your problem!