When I first came to CrossFit, I’d never even heard the concept of Rx’ing a workout. I was a gym rat, spending over an hour every day at LA Fitness doing my own thing. Sure, I was aware of the hulking giant next to me curling twice my bench press, but I was me, and that guy was that guy. I might try to push my limits, but with strict movements there’s only so much weight my body could move. I was familiar with what my body was capable of, and I fined tuned my workouts to be compatible.
When I met the Rx button during my first week of CrossFit all that “fined tuned” mumbo jumbo went flying out the window. Forget knowing my body and knowing what I’m capable of - I have an ego and the only prescription is Rx.
Thus ‘The Rx Enigma’ took over sensibility, and I started to push myself in ways that just weren’t healthy.
Maybe you share this mentality with me. Or maybe you don’t have an ego, but you’re having an off day and play it down. So you load that bar up because any other day you’d land that clean and jerk no problem. Maybe you’d appreciate scaling but your friends are calling you out, and by the end of the workout instead of feeling accomplished, you feel like you’ve had a bad night at the bar.
Regardless of why you click ‘The Button’, at CrossFit Involve we’d like to start challenging people with the question, “is today a day to Rx?”
At the heart of our mind-boggling willingness to torture our bodies with HIIT (High Intesity Interval Training) is the drive to be better athletes. The best CrossFit athletes excel at both speed and precision. Marrying those two concepts can be a daunting task. What tends to happen to most of us is that we compromise precision and choose speed. Many times we’ll just accept precision as a casualty of war; I didn’t fully extend my hips on every box jump, I didn’t lock out my arms every time on the push press, my wall ball didn’t hit the mark with each rep – but it’s close enough. I did the weight, and I beat Gym Frenemy’s Name by fifteen seconds. It’s a successful day.
At CrossFit Involve we want to challenge athletes with more than just scoreboards.
Looking ahead, we want to raise the bar for our athletes. From time to time, that might look like a coach recommending a scaling option. We want to leverage the training our coaches have received to the best possible means. It can be hard to hear that you’re not performing at the level you expect. However, we trust our staff and we hope you do as well. Our goal (and our duty) is to safely see you through your fitness journey
Today marks CrossFit Involve's first town hall event. If you couldn’t make it, know that you were missed. We carb-loaded on donuts, recharged our coffee-meter, and sat down to chat about a lot of exciting things. Fortunately we’ve brought all those updates to the comfort of this blog you’re reading (and please get comfortable as it’s fairly long).
Our founders, Bryan and Collin, built what can easily be called a second home to the fittest family in Oakwood. Since they started this community we’ve grown to be 100+ strong (and we mean that literally). We’re excited about this growth, and our founders are excited too. They’d like to see the community continue to grow – hopefully well beyond what their current life roles will allow them to support. Thus, the baton is passed on. Bryan and Collin have partnered with three families to continue investing in CrossFit Involve; the Caldwells, Pattons, and Allens. Don’t worry, Bryan and Collin aren’t going anywhere. However, here are a few pointers if you need something or have questions.
So the cats out of the bag. Yes – we’re moving to a new location; an incredible space we really can’t believe we got our hands on. There’s a few important things you ought to know about this spiffy space. First, it’s located in downtown Dayton. Raised eyebrows? Not quite certain how you feel about a downtown gym? Our team spent the better part of eight months scouring every nook and cranny in Oakwood, Kettering, Moraine (Beavercreek, Springboro, Centerville…the list goes on). Point being – we looked just about everywhere. You’d be unpleasantly surprised to learn just how niche a CrossFit space can be. Dayton certainly wasn’t on our radar, but after much prodding from our agent (and internal deliberation) we extended our search. It took our team about 10 seconds walking in the new space to know we’d found our diamond in the rough. The building (located at 150 S Patterson Blvd) is pressed between the old Hauer Music building and Arby’s on Patterson. Better yet, it’s just a couple blocks shy of our Dayton Beer Company buddies (whom we love!) and tons of other great Dayton hot spots. There’s loads more detail but rather than rant on and on, check out a few bullet points below.
Over the last few years our gym has approached membership pricing on a very individualistic format. Whether there were promotions, mergers, or good old-fashioned gentlemen’s agreements – monthly subscriptions do not have a consistent baseline. One of our goals in the upcoming months is to transition over to a pricing structure that is fair and consistent for all of our members. For some, this means lowering their monthly payments, for other – unfortunately – this will be an increase. It’s important to us that you are confident in knowing the family you work out with are equal contributors in building a house we can be proud of. We’d like for that house to be filled with all kinds of neat things, like rowers, GHDs, and “real” sleds (get out of here boxes!). There’s a couple important things to we’d like to mention:
Classes / Wodify
We’ve been asked a lot of questions about classes. Are we changing class schedules? Are we adding classes? The simplest answer to those questions are - not right now. We won’t be making any changes within the year. Somewhat because there’s a lot of changes going on, but more importantly because we want to know what our members think. We will be conducting polling over the coming weeks to get a feel for when our members would prefer to workout. We will also be leveraging data that comes from Wodify. Wodify is an incredible tool for our community, but only if we’re using it. So a few key take aways:
Our Community Manager will be conducting short interviews with every member to learn more about you, understand what it is you’re looking to accomplish, and gather info on your preferred classes. She will also review your Wodify account to ensure everything’s up to date. Pricing adjustments (if needed) will be discussed and at that time, any questions you have will be addressed.
We have an exciting road ahead of us. We’re looking forward to taking our community to new places (figuretively and literally). We hope you can embrace these changes, be a part of the team, and make this gym more than a fitness facility, but a home. Stay Involved, because we’ll keep updates on construction posted here, along with upcoming events, and anything else you need to know!
CrossFit Involve Team