CrossFit, at heart, is an open-source movement. We are making fitness available for anyone. You can do this at home; I did, for a full year. We publish everything – workouts, programming, the what-why-how of each exercise.
However, it is the skilled instruction, the watchful eye, and the helpful advice from a qualified coach that reassures us during a workout that we are doing it right – that we can correct our mistakes – that we can push harder in pursuit of intensity knowing that someone else is watching our form for us and keeping us safe. It is the camaraderie found in your fellow travelers on this path that can help keep us moving towards our goals. It is having a place dedicated to only one purpose – a forge in which you are heated and reshaped – that reminds us why we have made time to come together today. That is why we created CrossFit Fenway. That is why it’s worth joining.
That said, there is a lot to learn outside the facility too – and you’ll come to the facility better prepared to take advantage of this excellent opportunity if you are educated. Here’s some great resources.
CrossFit.com is the home-base. Free programming, free video tutorials, and more material than you’re willing to read.
Mobility WOD is Kelly Starrett’s oft-visited site with lots of information about basic maintenance on the human body. If you want to know why you’re sore and how to keep that from happening in the future, this is a good place to look for information.
If you’re confused about some of our Olympic lift training or just want to watch some great demonstration videos on Oly lifting, check out Catalyst Athletics. Their website has a lot of good resources in the video section that you can watch to help you prepare for class.
CrossFit Endurance is a useful site for those (like Eric) who include training for long-distance running as part of their CrossFit regimens.
The CrossFit Journal is the largest high-quality fitness library on the net, and it continues to grow daily. An annual membership is $25, with free articles, such as CrossFit’s pioneering article on fitness entitled What is Fitness?, and video previews available.
The Medial Literacy Project is an organization doing some good work helping you know what you’re consuming, even when you’re not aware you’re consuming it.
Paleo in a Nutshell is a simple video with some good baseline guidance.
Robb Wolf’s blog is a fine place to check in for discussion of all things nutrition.
But most importantly, ask your coaches. We care about you, and we fundamentally believe that there is no one way that is correct for everyone to eat. Every body is different, and every person’s goals are unique. There is no single prescription that covers every person and every goal. So tell us what you do now, and what you want to achieve, and we will help you do it. It’s what we’re here for.
Mapping your run? USA Track and Field has provided a good tool online that Eric uses for this.
CrossFit Somerville is our sister facility across the river! They use the same small class sizes and have the same founding principles as we do at CrossFit Fenway. They also have an emphasis on movement quality and a very neighborhood- and community-oriented approach. Check them out for
CrossFit Elysium is the affiliate founded in late 2009 by our old friend Leon out in San Diego. Leon has the honor of having introduced JT to CrossFit… and the results are evident.
Foundation CrossFit is our home-away-from-home when we visit Seattle. Andrew is the owner and operator of Foundation, and he’s got a great thing growing.
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Note: CrossFit Fenway is a gender-neutral facility. If you are asked what pronouns you prefer when we meet you for the first time, please don’t be offended. We ask everyone.
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