On Ramp Rationale – The Wildcat Approach

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Jen Wirth | November 30, 2018 | no comments |


On Ramp Rationale – The Wildcat Approach

by, Coach Jen

How did you get started in CrossFit?

Like many CrossFit boxes on the planet, at Wildcat we have done a variety of different programs to get people started.

If you’ve done CrossFit for awhile, you know it’s not easy. If you’ve only been coming for a year or more, you have made big strides in your understanding of your muscle groups and how to use them for increasing levels of strength, coordination, and efficiency. I wish I could give the prospective athletes I talk to each week a little taste of what it feels like inside your body after you’ve been doing CrossFit for a year or more…after you’ve become a crossfitter. If I could give people a snapshot of this *feeling,* I think, they would understand that It. Is. Worth. It. Like way more worth it than you realized a year ago, right?

I’m a poster child of this phenomenon. When I started CrossFit, I was hoping to “tone up and see my abs.” Literally that’s all I thought I wanted back then.
Now, nearly 10 years later, I’m so passionate about CrossFit because it is the first kind of exercise I ever did in my life that has kept my interest for over two years. Not only has performing our workouts made me stronger (so much stronger!), it made me love my body because of what it could do, not despise it for all of its flaws. CrossFit helped me to start celebrating my successes in the gym rather than admonishing myself for a slower than normal treadmill 5K. CrossFit made me start looking forward to working out with my buddies, even though the workouts still make me nervous when I look at them ahead of time.

But it takes time for these changes to happen. There’s no way to fast forward your progress and some people are starting from scratch. This is not a negative, it’s just a fact.
Some people come into Wildcat having never worked out before (or after a long spell of inactivity) – we can’t just toss these people into the deep end when so many of our members are already performing at a pretty high level of technical ability. Believe it or not, after you’ve been doing CrossFit for a year, you are a little intimidating to the new people. They think they’re never going to catch up with you.

What new athletes need is a connection to a Coach who spends time training them one-on-one, lets them know what to do, and gives them feedback so they know that they are doing movements safely and correctly.

This is where the Wildcat On Ramp comes in.
The Wildcat On Ramp, a series of five (5) 30-minute one-on-one Personal Training sessions, focuses on developing comfort with the main barbell movements that are found in our workouts. Remember, some people come into Wildcat having never touched a barbell! As our members know, we have various weights of barbells so that people of all levels can participate. Our heaviest barbells weight 45#. We also have 35#, 15# and 3 oz PVC Pipe. Everybody can lift one of these bars. 🙂
We also spend time discussing some of the science behind CrossFit, and why the workouts we do are so effective. We talk about nutrition and how to start nourishing your body more effectively so it will be ready for the demands of the gym. At the end of each 30 minute session, the athlete does a short 6-8 min workout to hammer home some of the movements learned that day. We give them a comprehensive tour of the gym, including, of course, our famous aquarium. 🙂 The athlete ends the On Ramp learning about our workout tracking app: Train Heroic and gaining entry into Wildcat social media circles.

In short, we do everything we can to make our new athletes as sure to be successful in the group CrossFit classes as we can.

We just want you to get in the habit of regular exercise. You do that, and our mission is accomplished!


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