Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription is more barbell!

I'm sure most have you have noticed the emphasis we place on barbell strength movements in our program.  I've always been a proponent of strength. As a coach, the more training systems you are exposed to, the more you can see what commonalities each has and what works for people. Most people that walk into our gym are there to drop a few pounds or start to feel better for their every day life. Very few of us have aspirations to become competitive CrossFit, Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, or Strongman athletes. Since this is the case, why don't we just run and jump on boxes for 45 mins every class? Wouldn't that burn the most calories and get us "toned?"  The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! I know that some of you have come from gyms that do this very thing. You came to us tired, weak, and injured. We use barbells as a tool to get "the most bang for our buck." We only have an hour with you 3 to 5 times per week, and we need to optimize our training with you. Our goal is to turn you into the strongest version of yourself possible! The fastest and most effective way to do that is with basic barbell movements. 

A smart coach doesn't throw out movements such as barbell rows or dumbbell curls because you don't see them at the CrossFit Games. That coach understands that we are after a training stimulus to grow. In order to gain basic strength to perform the higher skill movements, such as the handstand pushup, muscle up, or even kipping pull up, That athlete will find him or herself more likely to succeed in these movements the stronger they are. The stronger you are, the easier it is to do just about everything. Running becomes easier as your muscles take longer to break down, playing with your children becomes easier as you can throw them around for longer with out breaking down. That's what we are searching for at CrossFit Alpharetta:  The Strongest Version of YOU!

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Coach Justin