The trend that has taken the world by storm, CrossFit, has found a home in Revelstoke.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to build all elements of your fitness. Strength, endurance, stamina, power, accuracy, agility, balance, flexibility and speed. It is ideal for preparing your body for the unknown and it is about seeing and celebrating what your body is capable of.
That’s the motivation, addiction and exhilaration behind the exulted movement and CrossFitters who, like yogis, passionately and legitimately enjoy their workout.
CrossFit is a community and the fitness style becomes a part of everyday life. It doesn’t attract just one particular body shape, age or fitness goal. Classes represent all types and their communal nature and flexible workouts is one of the many reasons the word CrossFit is so frequented in fitness media.
“Everything is scalable, that’s what is so amazing about CrossFit,” says Steph China, the proud owner of Revelstoke’s first CrossFit gym, CrossFit Revelstoke.
You might know Steph from her first business here, Revelution, which she opened with a vision of creating a training facility where individuals can achieve their fitness goals. On a search to find the best programming for fitness, she decided to open CrossFit Revelstoke while allowing Revelution focus more on its yoga.
The CrossFit Revelstoke gym opened its doors last month and their airy workout zone is fitted with brand-new equipment, ready for the crowd of residents excited to have access to this high-level fitness facility locally.
The difference between CrossFit and other fitness programs is the teaching. While you could go online and easily find a quick workout, it is the teaching that is the crucial element.
The care and attention to each and every athlete’s (yes, you’re an athlete, even if it’s your first time) movement makes sure that they have the best platform to start the fitness adventure, and in turn enables them to reach their highest potential.
“You wouldn’t start building a house on bad foundations and it is exactly the same with your fitness,” Steph says. “If we have a solid base you will develop to your full potential.”
CrossFit mixes weightlifting with cardio and gymnastics. In a one-hour class, athletes can expect a 5–10 minute dynamic warm-up, then 10–20 minutes of strength and skill drills before a workout of the day (WOD). CrossFit Revelstoke classes are small-group based training with two coaches to about 12 athletes.
At the heart of CrossFit is functional fitness. This develops strength for movements that are integral to your everyday life.
“If we develop good movement patterns in a controlled environment, chances are that when you are in an uncontrolled environment — the real world — you will have developed good habits and know instinctively the right way to move,” Steph says.
This is important for everyone but especially those extreme sport lovers in Revelstoke who want to avoid getting injured.
See yourself grow
Along with China, Turner Moyse is the other figure that’s responsible for getting CrossFit Revelstoke up and running. He is the head coach and programmer.
Both Steph and Turner are super fit, friendly and passionate about what they do. They genuinely want to see people progress, in their own time. The problem for most people, Turner says, is they don’t feel challenged.
“A lot of us, with our fitness, are like ships sailing on a cloudy night,” he says. “We don’t know where we are going and we don’t see any markers for getting any further.”
Suddenly, when they’re introduced to CrossFit, they once again have goals.
“CrossFit’s key theme that sets it apart from the rest of the fitness industry is that it is accountable,” Turner explains. “Everything is measurable, observable and repeatable so suddenly you see yourself develop and if you’re plateauing, we can see why and put you back on track!”
“CrossFit is a workout where you see progressions and you see yourself getting stronger.”
Fitness is a very broad term, which reaches far past the one-hour session of training in the gym. CrossFit Revelstoke focuses on your overall health with nutritional advice, developing sound movement patterns and working on your mobility and flexibility.
A huge part of CrossFit Revelstoke is their kids program. This is all about having fun while developing a life-long love of fitness. Little Legends start from three-years-old to 18-year-old legends. Their classes are all inclusive catering to all levels.
“By starting so young we have the chance to develop good movement patterns that will translate into whatever sport or discipline they choose to follow and reduce the risks of sport related injuries,” Steph says.
- See yourself get fitter with the Wodify app — part of CrossFit Revelstoke’s package
- Kids classes! Ages 3–18. Learn healthy habits in a fun environment.
- CrossFit Revelstoke — a complete program and community. Fitness instruction, nutrition advice and support.
- One-hour class: 5–10 minute dynamic warm-up, 10–20 minutes of strength and skill drills, then a workout of the day (WOD)
This story was sponsored by Crossfit Revelstoke and first appeared in the September issue of the free Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.