Why Element CrossFit?
Element’s School of Fitness has a very specific way of delivering all of our programs. From CrossFit to Olympic Weightlifting we’ve developed our programs to be on the leading edge in their fields. Best of all we’re constantly researching and refining our methods to ensure our athletes get results that others often only dream about.
We’re part of the Madlab Group, a group of experienced CrossFit affiliates who have worked together for years in our pursuit to professionalize the fitness industry.
In short, we are not a group exercise class. Yes, we host group classes for our experienced CrossFit athletes. However, prior to graduating to group classes, all of our students work with their coach in a one-on-one environment. This ensures everyone is fit and competent in the technical movements of CrossFit prior to being thrown into a group setting.
What sets us apart is our coaches: All of our coaches go through a rigorous two-year apprenticeship program, where they learn about human movement, mobility, injury prevention, anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition and develop entrepreneurial skills, before they begin teaching their own students.
All of our athletes get a Coach for Life and we’ve seen over the years that this is the best, safest way to get our students fit, all the while avoiding injuries and remaining fit and healthy for life.
Through private sessions and scheduled group classes, we instruct basic to advanced level varied functional movements with a combination of cardiovascular activities, weightlifting, and gymnastics.
Our students are extremely diverse in their athletic abilities, backgrounds, experience, conditioning and lives. They include firefighters, students, doctors, triathletes, grandparents, business executives, stay-at-home moms, military personnel, martial artists and more. Our atmosphere is one of support and camaraderie and is welcoming to everyone that walks in the door with a willingness to try.
We have spent 6 years learning about what works and what doesn’t work in terms of getting people fit, and perhaps more importantly, we have learned what works in order to keep people motivated and injury-free so they can stay fit for life.
We have collected and analyzed data from more than 100 affiliates, as well as from other strength and conditioning and business experts, to discover universal best fitness practices that we implement in our daily practice to ensure that our students get the best coaching and education possible.
And nobody said mastering functional movements was easy. So while intensity is important, it’s more important to develop mechanics and consistency first. Read more about the kind of movements that get you fit here. Read more about mobility, and injury prevention here. Read more about the 10 general physical skills here. Read more about nutrition here.
Glassman’s concept of fitness, combined with the Madlab Group’s real life data, tells us that people learn most effectively the higher the coach to student ratio. Ideally, most effective learning happens in a one-on-one, or at the very most a two-on-one environment.
We’ve also learned that higher coach to student ratios improve longevity and long-term movement patterns, as well as reduce injuries, and help to foster a healthy social community. Read these case studies about affiliates who found success when they moved from the group exercise to the personal training model here.
Training in a one-on-one or two-on-one environment also means that when it comes time for you to graduate to group classes with other experienced members, you know your body, you know how to scale your movements, and you feel safe and comfortable attending class.
In short, our school’s system will help you get fit and stay fit, for life.