I am a veteran CrossFit Level 2 Trainer with specialization in training athletes of all ages and types. Certifications include Masters, Kids, Weightlifting, and Gymnastics.
One of the questions I hear, besides "isn't CrossFit dangerous" or “isn’t CrossFit a cult” of course, is what does "DHC" stand for, like what does it mean. Before I answer the first or second, the genesis of the name will take a bit of sharing the back story.
When I was introduced to the CrossFit methodology, like most others I took an "Intro to CrossFit" course at my local affiliate. This class was shared with a handful of others who were looking to get off the couch and get more fit. The gym had a variety of classes that all took place at the same time so we frequently did our workouts in the alley, on the blacktop, regardless of weather. Over the course of these six weeks, not only did we learn CrossFit's foundational movements and the Olympic lifts, but we became close friends.
As we neared the end of the intro , we had occasionally been extended time "in the box", in other words we could work out inside. We almost never accepted that offer as we had bonded as The DIRTY HANDS CREW (DHC) from doing pushups and other groundwork on the asphalt.
In honor of that group; the affiliate that supported, encouraged and instructed us, years ago I adopted the name "DHC Fitness". Carrying that to the next step, I've since retained the affiliation with CrossFit and formalized the name, licensed as "DHC CrossFit". Thank you for being a part of our family on this fitness journey!
As to the first question, CrossFit is no more inherently dangerous than a hammer, a pickle, a toad, or a ball of fuzz might be. Not living a healthy lifestyle; paying close attention to nutrition, movement, mindfulness, embracing a sense of purpose and inherent value, that is far more dangerous than CrossFit.
Remember, it's either Day One, or One Day.
The second question, well.. that’s not even worth a response. If you think CrossFit is a cult, you have no idea what a cult is so I don’t think I’ll be able to help you on this subject. But! If you want to learn how to move, to propel your body through space, lift heavy objects, get up from the ground, and just overall move the needle on your health markers, that I can help you with.
It's my passion to help us live and move better, and have fun doing it! Fitness training can be a deeply rewarding endeavor, let's see what your goals are and how we can get you there!
Like many of us, I struggle with many components of healthy living. Not the least of which is nutrition, along with having enough time and motivation to "hit the gym", and finding the discipline to limit time spent on Social Media, all of it. Like everyone else does. You are not alone.
But that's where the magic is, we are not alone in this journey!
Borrowing (and paraphrasing) a line Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, We need to eat real food, not too much, and mostly plants. I’m not necessarily advocating for or against vegan or vegetarianism here, but realistically there are benefits of including substantial amounts of plants in our diet. Simply, most of us eat far more of the animal-based foods than our bodies can possibly process and properly digest.
When we eat high nutrient foods, we find that not only are our bellies full and satisfied, but we feel their effects throughout our bodies.
While I’m at it with the paraphrasing and quoting, the start of Glassman‘s 100 words of fitness rings true.. not only is it the first part of the globally recognized statement, it is foundational to healthy living. Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
This should be our mantra on a daily basis when it comes to nutrition and healthy eating.
My own journey to finding a healthy lifestyle has given me insight into the many challenges one encounters. I have worked with some of the best coaches I can imagine; Charles Freligh, Heather Brittain, Dennis Simsek, and others who have all helped my growth and enabled me to bring a high level of empathy, respect, and understanding.
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