For Matt Giordano, head coach at CrossFit Newtown in Pennsylvania, CrossFit was just the beginning.
“(It’s) what led me to go on and pursue more education in Olympic weightlifting,” explains Giordano. “I truly believe that Olympic weightlifting is so important to athletics and so important to just everyday life—being able to move loads pretty quickly.”
An adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College, he teaches a course called Conditioning, Weight Control and Strength Training.
“In that class, we basically teach CrossFit,” adds Giordano, who has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science. “We teach the nine foundational movements. We talk about the 10 physical components of physical fitness.”
CrossFit, Giordano says, bridges the gap between people’s goals and their training.
“In life and in any athletics, an individual probably should have the ability to squat, deadlift, press something, pull their body weight up,” he says. “Once they become good at it, they become more functional. They’re able to take that stuff that they learned out of the foundation of CrossFit and transfer it onto the athletic field or transfer it into real life.”
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Additional reading: What Is Fitness? by Greg Glassman, published Oct. 1, 2002.