At CrossFit Lykos we integrate group warm ups, mobility, strength training & conditioning into every workout. Our main goal for our clients & athletes is to develop proper technique & scalability for workouts. In other words, our goal is to teach people how to move, properly. Throughout life we are taught virtually everything, besides proper movement. For us, technique trumps all; more weight & higher speed is what follows. We program for both ends of the spectrum, from learning the basics of movement and staying in shape to those who want to excel in elite athletic performance (competitive athletes).
CrossFit develops all around athletes and punishes the specialist. Our goal is to be proficient in all realms of fitness, all types of training, across all time domains. We want to be a blend of the runner, lifter, gymnast, climber, and power athlete. Why? Because you never know what life is going to throw at you. Maybe you’ll have to carry a friend down flights of stairs, maybe you’ll have to sprint away from a mugger, maybe you’ll have to run 5 miles, or maybe you’ll just have to carry heavy stuff working around your house (note that doing bicep curls, lat pull downs, and the pec machine at your globo-gym will help you in none of these situations). Life is unknown so we train for the unknown.
What exactly does that mean? It means we need to be skilled in Accuracy, Agility, Balance, Coordination, Cardiovascular Endurance, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Stamina, and most importantly Strength. Specialized athletes are amazing at a few of these and absolutely terrible in others. We believe that you are only as fit as your weakest attribute. This why fringe athletes (those who specialize in a few of the 10 physical fitness skills) would benefit from CrossFit training. CrossFit trains athletes to be good in all 10 general fitness skills. We do this by running fast, lifting heavy, running long, lifting light, climbing, pulling, pushing, throwing, and moving different types of objects (including your own body) in many different ways. We mix these types of exercises in as many combinations as we can think of. While it may look like workouts are random they are in fact thought out and are designed to serve a purpose.
We don’t train to be great at one thing; we train to be pretty good at all things. We believe that if you take a hopper and filled it with an infinite amount of physical activities the person with the most broad and inclusive training would, on average, perform the best at any given activity pulled out of the hopper. That’s how we train at CrossFit because life is a hopper; we never know what it will happen tomorrow.