Guiding new members into CrossFit classes can be tricky. Monique Ames of CrossFit Evolution explains how she does it and why her methods are always evolving.
Most people recognize the need for some type of foundation or elements class for new members. The tricky part is knowing how to implement the best program.
At Crossfit Evolution, we’ve used many different models, and all were great at inception. Our current Foundations Program is set up to clearly delineate the levels of entry into our gym. This allows our prospects, new members, current members and staff to understand and appreciate the coaching involved in our program. This is one of the many steps used to demonstrate excellence. A clear program also helps sell the membership.
Our Foundations Program is a set curriculum that teaches basic nutrition and introduces and develops the movements of CrossFit. Graduation requires basic competency in all movements taught: correct form, proper technique, full range of motion and consistency. Graduation is required for entry into our CrossFit Classes and is not guaranteed by mere attendance.
In the world of CrossFit, it’s always been about trying everything to see what works best. If it works, keep it. If it doesn’t, toss it. When it stops working, find something else. Success is based on you, not a stagnant program, system or model. That’s not to say you don’t need a system—you do. Just make sure it’s evolving, just like your training. In the gym, you can’t expect to get better by doing the same thing over and over, and maybe the CrossFit business model is the same way: always evolving and always requiring you to chase excellence in everything.