We believe the expression of movement through fitness is a lifestyle. In order to create change, it must be done consistently, and with purpose.Our goals, while often similar, are not never exactly the same. Some of us are here for general well-being, body composition, social interaction, health, or competition and sport.
The foundations of CrossFit as a core strength and conditioning program create a wonderful starting point for developing a person’s fitness journey. But if our goals include consistency over the long-term there may come a point in time where our needs need to transform.
Scaling vs Leveled Programming
Scaling is defined as modification of components of the workout to preserve the intended stimulus. This might mean decreasing load or volume, or substituting movements. Scaling is necessary and occurs daily. It does not mean you are less of, or worse than another.
Regressing movements or an entire workout will always have a time and a place. That being said, we believe a leveled programming approach creates a more comprehensive long-term perspective that considers the individual needs, abilities, and the training age of our members. Beyond just working out with our friends in a safe and encouraging environment, our mission is to upgrade our member’s understanding of the methods we use (the “what”) and the principles behind them (the “why”).
Fitness vs Performance vs Sport
Who is it for? Individuals who want to function better in their daily lives. Goals may include better body composition, long-term improvements in strength, mobility and longevity, increased energy, decreased risk of injury, and performing movement safely and effectively. Individuals may have zero to six months plus worth of consistent training experience at Requisite Fitness. This is also for those who find the fitness workout of the day to better align with their capacities and goals. This is not just for beginners.
Who is it for? Those who are looking to reach a higher potential through achieving complex and demanding movements with intensity. This is for individuals who have spent several months to years developing a solid foundation and have the desire to push their levels of performance and capacity in CrossFit. This is not for the beginner fresh out of Foundations unless they have had previous exposure to advanced movements and more demanding workouts. This is appropriate for athletes who “RX” most workouts.
Who is it for? Individuals who have spent several months to years developing a solid foundation and have the desire to acquire the skills required to compete in the sport of CrossFit on the local, Sanctional, or Games level. If you an athlete serious about competition, we recommend joining our competitive team. For those who like to test their boundaries within the group format, this is for you.
Everyone will not fit neatly into each category on a given day, but we believe having defined levels will help you gain consistent progress over the long-term, decrease rates of injuries, and keep you on the path towards reaching your individual goals with the support of others. Not every workout will be separated into multiple levels, simply those deemed most suitable to give each person the best experience.
We are excited to implement this change into our Requisite Fitness/CrossFit 215 community and encourage any and all feedback!
-The Requisite Fitness Family