Accessory work for CrossFitters is a must for strength and speed gains as well as injury prevention.
Is CrossFit a cult and do I have to eat that?
The Caveman Diet, aka Paleo diet, is a high-protein, high-fiber eating plan. It is also very popular with CrossFitters. In abundance you will find vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds on this diet. Not allowed are refined carbohydrates, dairy, legumes and processed foods. Studies have shown that eating this way will also help prevent an inordinate insulin response. Acute, chronic elevation of insulin causes hyperinsulinism, which is associated with obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and mood dysfunction.
Why do CrossFitters swear by it? Because it works. A real Paleo diet produces a lean body, which naturally leads to improved performance in fitness and in daily living. “It’s kind of a self-fulfilling diet,” explains Loren Cordain, PhD, co-author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes. “You feel better and perform better.” On a Paleo diet, you essentially eliminate grains and simply eat more meat, so you’re getting more muscle-building protein.
It’s not hard to understand why CrossFitters love the Paleo diet – they want to lift heavier, do more reps, run faster and build a body they are proud of. Does that mean you have to eat Paleo if you do CrossFit? In a word, no. This balanced methodology to eating, combined with CrossFit’s high-intensity workouts are a winning duo, but it’s definitely not mandatory.
But is it a cult? CrossFit is a community not a cult.
“CrossFit provides a rare place of community and holistic transformation. It may not be religious institutionally, but CrossFit does a better job than many religious communities in transforming people’s lives. It may seem strange for what is essentially a fitness program, but CrossFit involves an identity shift that carries over into life well beyond the gym. “CrossFit starts with an identity shift off the bat: You become an athlete,” Herz says. “Not just a lady who doesn’t like her thighs or a guy trying to lose the spare tire but an athlete.”
When people start CrossFit, Hertz says, they start thinking about what their bodies can achieve and stop focusing on their perceived physical flaws. “They start eating for performance, which is about getting the nutrients that you need versus the passion play of self-denial,” Herz says.
“The cult of CrossFit: How the workout can bring out the best (and worst) of faith” by Ragan Sutterfield published March 24, 2015 in The Washington Post Online
Communities form at CrossFit gyms in the most random ways. People from all walks of life end up in a class together, they sweat, suffer and overcome weaknesses together. You will always find a wealth of support in every class. The importance of social support is that it provides motivation. When you are tired and struggling to finish the W.O.D. you begin to doubt your ability to finish, having people cheer you on gives you the confidence that you can do it!
Research at Oxford University found that working out in a group resulted in a greater release of endorphins than when working out alone, even when the same amount of work was done. The sense of community, sometimes known as a ‘cult’ to outsiders, is one of the finest features of CrossFit.
Olympic weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic program in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The Olympic lifts used in CrossFit are the Snatch, Clean and the Jerk.
The Snatch - The objective of the snatch is to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead in one continuous motion. There are four main styles of snatch used: squat snatch (or full snatch), split snatch, power snatch, and muscle snatch.
The Clean - a lifter grasps the barbell just outside the legs, typically using a hook grip. Once the barbell is above the knees, the lifter extends explosively, raising the bar as high as possible before quickly dropping into a squat and receiving it in a "racked" position in front of the neck and resting on the shoulders.
The Jerk - begins from the "front rack" position, which is the finishing position of the clean. The lifter dips a few inches by bending the knees, keeping the back vertical, and then explosively extends the knees, propelling the barbell upward off the shoulders, and then quickly dropping underneath the bar by pushing upward with the arms and splitting the legs into a lunge position, one forward and one back. The bar is received overhead on straight arms, and, once stable, the lifter recovers from the split position, bringing the feet back into the same plane as the rest of the body.
Olympic Weightlifting pros and cons
- Skill based weightlifting, it is artistic work combined with a loaded barbell. Gymnastic trainers can be very good at it very quickly
- It takes a long time to learn the intricate technical aspects of the lift. Not negotiable!
- Enormously satisfying and confidence building method of lifting weights
- Captivating and jaw dropping when watching the lifts in person!
- Superior method of building strength and power
- Superior method of building mobility, proprioception and athletic skills
- Very low rates of injuries but injuries can happen unannounced!
- Highly addictive
- Extremely humbling
- Needs complicated programming
- Requires bumpers, special bars with rotating parts
- Requires coaching and programming
- Great way to build total body power and explosiveness
- Can help bridge the gap between training room and field of play
- Can help develop resiliency in joints and soft tissue
- They add variety and challenge to a training program
If combined with plenty of solid nutrition and sound recovery you can build amazing fitness conditioning, superior cardiovascular conditioning and skills & physique to back it up.
Is Olympic lifting for you? Best way to find out is to drop in on a class, chat with one of our coaches or better yet sign up for our 8 Week Olympic lifting course taught by the fabulous Coach Stephanie!
2014 was a great year at Inner Beast CrossFit. We grew steadily, celebrated our one year anniversary, and had many athletes competing in their first CrossFit Competition. We had twelve athletes compete in the Everyday Warrior Battle Series, an online competition offering support to those within the community dealing with cancer.
In 2014, we were able to bring on a Strongman coach, Jeff Pearson, and to partner with Operative Defense and Fitness to offer Self Defense/Striking/Krav Maga classes. We are looking forward to seeing these classes grow and potentially adding even more specialty classes at Inner Beast CrossFit.
Our goals for 2015 are:
- To continue to work hard for our athletes.
- To continue to grow.
- To get more involved in the community and host more fundraising events.
- To increase athlete participation in CrossFit competitions and other team-building events.
- To support every athlete in reaching their personal fitness goals, while continuing to provide a welcoming environment.
If you haven't already, join us in making 2015 our best year yet.
-The Inner Beast Team
Thank you to everyone who came to the anniversary party! We appreciate the support from everyone who has been a part of building the Inner Beast CrossFit community, and can't thank you enough. Check out some photos from the event, below.
What: The celebration of Inner Beast CrossFit’s first year in
business. Tire flip competition (free to enter), intro to new
Strongman coach - Jeff Pearson, free workout, food, drinks,
raffle and more!
When: August 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Where: Inner Beast CrossFit
1703 Beavercreek Rd. Oregon City, Oregon
Who: Anyone is welcome! Must be 18+ to participate in the
workout and tire flip competition.
Schedule of Events
11:00 AM - Free Class
12:00 PM - Open House
1:30 PM - Strongman Demonstration
2:15 PM - Tire Flip Competition
3:30 PM - Raffle