I was training a group of people outside of the gym the other day. We were doing sprints in the parking lot. It was a tough part of the workout but everyone was having a good time, smiling and high-fiving each other. I was happy they were having fun, training hard and felt lucky to take advantage of the nice weather in early April. As I was coaching some running mechanics I noticed that a lot of people in their cars were staring at us. Sure, it was Easter morning and maybe they were just jealous we were outside being awesome while they were stuck in their cars but I couldn't stop imagining what they must be thinking about us and about Apache.
I hear it all the time:
"Apache is a CrossFit gym."
"All they do is lift weights."
"You don't lift weights at CrossFit."
"Apache does that Strongman stuff."
"CrossFit is so intense."
"Apache makes you bench press."
"It's so much conditioning."
"I could never do that."
Ok, I'll clear some things up. We are a CrossFit gym. We lift weights most days but some days not at all. We like to mix things up so of course we add elements of strongman, gymnastics, powerlifting, rowing, etc. We believe in intensity (after mechanics and consistency have been demonstrated of course). We bench press sometimes. We program our workouts in a manner to not make you good at just one thing. And yes, you, whoever you are, can do it.
Everything you think we do at Apache and most of what I said above are just random activities you might do here. But here's the secret, you can do that stuff anywhere. People come here to be coached how to move better, improve their lives, and just generally be healthier.
If you're staying away because you think we have some crazy idea of fitness and we are going to force you to deadlift 500lbs, that's on you. The reality is our coaches make sure every single workout, movement, and lift is relatable to you, not the strongest person in the gym or the fastest runner, you. We constantly think about what is going to help you get better. Can people deadlift 500lbs here? Sure. Do people run sub 6 minute miles here? Sure. Those people come to Apache and get trained in a manner that will make them better. Our coaches will challenge them to continue to improve while also making them work on their weaknesses. That goes for everyone. So if you have never worked out before or you just finished competing at a high level, we got you.
Nobody is here to just lift weights and crush some crazy workout. They are here to get better. They are here to get healthy. They are here to improve their lives. They are here to be coached how to do so.
That's what keeps me coming back. If it was just some sweat fest, I'd be gone a long time ago.
We got you.
"Squat, jump, climb, throw, lift." Greg Glassman