One of the comments that I hear all the time when I tell people that I own Catacombs Fitness is that they’ve heard CrossFit is really hard core. I 1000% percent understand where that belief or impression comes from, but “hard core” is not the most fitting description of who or what we are. Please allow me the opportunity to clarify who and what we really are.
We are pursuing better versions of ourselves. That means something different to everyone but commonly we hear athletes say that they came to Catacombs to lose weight or to get in shape. Some of us needed a healthier outlet for our stress or were looking for a way to feel stronger skiing, biking, running. Others are fresh off the couch after decades of inactivity and looking to improve their overall health and just start moving. All of us live complicated lives balancing school or work, family dynamics, complicated relationships and obligations, and a perpetual feeling of their not being enough hours in the day. Catacombs is a small part of the day that we set aside for ourselves. Our goal at Catacombs is to make it the best part of your day.
But I thought CrossFit was about going as hard and as fast and as heavy as you can go?
Nope. Not here. We are about building healthy movement patterns with optimal range of motion. The emphasis is always on good form first and foremost. Only when form is optimized will we add intensity and intensity is 100% unique to each individual. Prioritizing intensity (going fast or going hard) over form is a recipe for injury. Injury is a sure-fire way to fail to meet your goals. It is a mistake that happens over and over in every fitness discipline. We make it a priority to help our athletes find the right balance to avoid injury and setback. Yes, we want you to go hard as that is where fitness gains happen, but only within the lines of safe movement patterns and progressions.
I’m too old, out of shape, overweight, busy, weak, broken, etc.
Those are powerful voices that can keep you from starting but they are also just excuses. They keep you stuck. Everyday at Catacombs, someone overcomes massive obstacles just like those to get to the gym and do the work. They leave a little better than when they came in (physically and mentally) and they are one step closer to their goals. It is through the repetition of this action day after day, week after week that the transformation happens. Don’t wait to be “ready”. That day will probably never come.
What exactly do you do in there?
I love this question. It implies that we are up to some secret plan or shrouded in mystery.
We provide one-on-one coaching, instruction, and accountability through personal training. It is the safest and most effective way to move the needle on your fitness. We work with clients training for performance goals and clients training to stay out of the nursing home and preserve their strength and independence. And of course everything in between.
We coach group fitness classes that are modified, customized, and scaled to each person that shows up to class. Our group classes deliver an hour of strength, conditioning, and general physical fitness in a fresh package each and every day. The group class community is second to none and is a powerful accountability tool.
We have a comprehensive nutrition coaching program because there is no fitness without nutrition. Clients with our nutrition coach to dial in a plan for losing weight, leaning out, or adding muscle. We don’t just give information and meal plans, we hold you accountable to keep the promises that you make to yourself. That’s where the rubber meets the road. While most effective when paired with private training or group classes, nutrition coaching is also offered as a stand alone program.
How do I find out more or get started?
We want to sit down with you and understand where you are right now and what your goals are (fitness, weight loss, health, performance). We take the time to get to know you as a person and begin building the coach-to-athlete bond of trust from day 1. We do this through a complimentary consultation called a “No Sweat Intro”. We will answer all your questions and talk you through all the options for becoming a part of Catacombs. You can schedule a No Sweat Intro with me here. There will be no sales pressure; just a conversation to see if we can help.
Thanks for the opportunity to clarify who we are and what we do. I hope you give us the opportunity to talk with you in person. No matter where you are on the fitness journey, we will meet you where you are and design a program that will keep you safe and help you reach your goals…whatever they may be.