In this new series, HQ trainer Pat Sherwood is searching the CrossFit community for real people with real stories to share. In Part 3, Sherwood is teaching at a Level 1 seminar in Texas at Alamo CrossFit, where he meets David Smith and Gary McMaster, both from San Antonio.
Both CrossFitters are involved in law enforcement and come from a classic physical training background. According to Sherwood, “It’s usually shocking how much a lot of us that just do the regular kind of classic PT are hurting in the flexibility department.”
“Flexibility, strength, endurance—it’s all a whole lot better than it was,” McMaster says.
Smith agrees that CrossFit has improved his fitness.
“I ended up having a knee replacement some years ago, and CrossFit has really brought my legs back,” he says. “The squats and the things that I’m able to do as far as flexibility—unbelievable.”
These two CrossFitters are attending the Level 1 in the hopes of bringing CrossFit into police training.
“We wanted to implement more of the CrossFit into the training academy because it allows us to be able to do more skills-type things,” Smith says. “We can put them through something like Fran in 10 minutes and move on to the skills area, and it gives us a lot of time. We’re still hitting all the elements that we want to in the workout.”
Additional reading: CrossFit PT by Greg Glassman, published Dec. 1, 2004.