CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program built on constantly varied functional movement executed at high intensity. CrossFit is not a specialized program rather a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. CrossFit programming was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks, basically our specialty is not specializing.
IS IT FOR ME??
Of course!!! Your needs and that of an Olympian differ by degree not kind. The same methods that elicit optimal responses for an Olympian will elicit optimal responses in you! We're not going to load you with the same weights we would for an Olympian but you both certainly need to Squat, Deadlift, and Press. These movements are examples of what is needed to maintain functional independence and improve fitness, unfortunately these movements are more often only taught to advanced athletes.
At CrossFit Salisbury we aim to change that with proper coaching and incremental load assignment. We are able to teach anyone who can care for themselves to perform safely and with maximum efficacy the same movements that have been typically utilized by professional coaches in exclusive environments.
It has long been our contention, our observation, that people’s needs differ by degree, not kind.
Olympic athletes and our grandparents both need to fulfill their potentials for cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, speed, power, coordination, accuracy, balance, and agility. One is looking for functional dominance; the other is looking for functional competence. Competence and dominance manifest and optimize through identical physiological mechanisms. We scale our program by altering rest, load, intensity, etc. while utilizing the same exercises for everyone whenever possible.
Name: Melissa Stoner
Hometown: Manchester, PA
How long have you been CrossFitting? Almost 2 ½ years
Favorite WOD? Partner and team WODS, chippers, anything with box jumps and sit ups.
Least Favorite WOD? AMRAPS – I hate that I don’t have a specific number of things to get done. Right now double-unders are my nemesis.
Tell us about your sports and fitness background? I played a lot of sports when I was younger including field hockey, swimming, basketball and soccer in high school. I spent one off-season training with the WCU field hockey team in college, but dropped it to play intramurals. Since then I’ve trained for a few half marathons and worked out at a globo gym until I found CFS, through Lisa, my first week here in Salisbury.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Were you nervous? How was your first WOD?
I met Lisa Mealey at new faculty orientation during my first week at SU. We became friends and she talked about CrossFit, so I checked it out online and went with her for a trial week. I was totally hooked. We were late to my first WOD but we jumped in to some heavy back squats. I was a little nervous, but the awesome coaching made me feel totally capable.
Have you noticed any changes-physically or mentally-since starting CrossFit?
When I am consistent with CrossFit, I see amazing changes in my body. I have toned muscles and gotten into better shape in the past two years, and I can’t wait to show off all the recent changes in my wedding dress this fall! On the mental side, I have started to see myself differently. I can be successful at lifts and skills that I never thought possible. Now I know that with hard work and good coaching, I can accomplish anything I set my mind to!
What advice would you give first-time CrossFitters?
Just show up. We are a friendly group of people who will be there to encourage you to meet your goals. Scaled or not, everyone can do CrossFit and be better for it.
What are your hobbies, talents, and interests outside of CrossFit?
I love kayaking and spending time on the beach, reading books for fun, and scrapbooking.