Our last exploration of Awakening Passions was a sweaty one! We welcomed Coach Steve into our learning space to share his passion for Physical Literacy and his vision of healthy lifestyle and Crossfit.
Coach Steve found CrossFit while working as a personal trainer in 2008. From 2009 until 2015 he worked as a Strength and Conditioning Consultant for the Canadian Sport Institute — Calgary (CSI-C). During this time he was fortunate to learn and work along side some of the most renowned strength and conditioning coaches in Canada and has accumulated thousands of hours of hands on coaching experience. He has honed his skills as a coach working with individuals and groups ranging from the general population to development athletes to national level and professional athletes in a variety of sports. Unbeknownst to his athletes he incorporated CrossFit into their training programs to improve their general fitness, and they loved it!
CrossFit by definition is a general fitness program or General Physical Preparedness (GPP) program. Contrary to popular belief it is not a type of workout, it is a training program which incorporates various training modalities. Having been exposed to a multitude of training methodologies Coach Steve believes for individuals who wish to improve general health and fitness CrossFit is a great option to do so. He also believes for individuals with more specific goals an individualized approach is optimal.
Coach Steve’s training philosophies of teaching functional movement and providing a safe daily training environment is rooted in his background in physics, anatomy and physiology. He believes the biggest benefit from training comes from focusing on improving the quality of movement first, quantity/load second and intensity third. He hopes to clarify throughout the CrossFit community that on a daily basis CrossFit is meant to be a training program and NOT a competition.
Coach Steve works in partnership with Coach Keith and together they run Integrity Performance CrossFit. Their gym just celebrated their 1st Anniversary!
As we start every week, we let Coach Steve share his story. We didn’t let him get too far before we started sharing our own wonders and personal connections. This made Coach laugh as he embraced our curiosity.
After our Q & A, he shared with us a little bit about the IPC gym he works at and why he believes in this lifestyle. He filled our brains with quite a bit of information and facts (Did you know that we should be doing an hour of physical activity EACH DAY?). He shared stories about some of his members and the risk-taking and trust that occurs daily in their gym. He even showed us a video of a member (71 years of age) demonstrating a rope climb! We thought he was very good and VERY brave!
After his presentation, Coach Steve led us into the gym and got us moving! We worked on our squats, burpees, somersaults, and animal movements (bear crawls, duck walks, etc). We worked hard, got really sweaty and eventually-got tired!
It was full day! We trusted our Coach and worked through movements and started to take feedback. It was a great introduction to Crossfit, more importantly a fantastic reminder of why we need to be active and the simple ways in our day-to-day life we can achieve this.
Thank you, Coach Steve for spending the morning with us. Thank you for sharing your passion and inspiring some of us to take action.