Nicole and I have spent our whole lives being active. Playing sports as kids evolved into specializing in Competitive Climbing for me and Competitive Equestrian Jumping for Nicole. As we got older and less competitive, we began to spend more time at “the gym” in order to maintain and build strength and endurance. As it often goes, the gym got boring and it was harder to go to the gym and our workouts often lacked inspiration. Things changed for us when I heard about this new form of fitness called CrossFit. CrossFit promised to be fun, interesting and effective. They didn’t lie; we haven’t stepped foot in a “gym”, or done a “traditional” workout since. (Traditional workouts were mostly some type of weight routine and a tiny bit of cardio for me and an hour plus of cardio and a bit of weight training for Nicole).
It was a bit tough to convince Nicole to start doing CrossFit as she googled it and immediately thought, “It’s only guys that do it”. We learned more and found that, indeed, women were into CrossFit, but now Nicole was afraid to look too “bulky”. After looking into it more, she learned that women have to train very specifically to get an extremely muscular body, so she was finally game to give it a go and she fell in love immediately. Nicole and I both got way stronger in our lifting, gymnastic movements and cardio. Nicole was even happier after 6 months because she “got better results CrossFitting three times a week than she got in years of going to ‘the gym’ training 5-6 days per week!”
For our first year of doing CrossFit, we trained with a highly experienced Olympic Lifter so we would learn correct form and technique with the Olympic Lifts (Clean & Jerk, and Snatch). We did CrossFit workouts out in our garage while we were in the process of opening our West End facility, Rock Jungle Fitness. We loved CrossFit so much and couldn’t imagine RJF without it, so we got certified to start coaching! We wanted to show people that there was another way of working out that was fun, challenging, and interesting – and that anybody could do it!
RJF CrossFit opened with the objective to first train people to have impeccable technique and mobility before progressing into lifting heavier and faster. This philosophy has kept our clients safe and injury free and always progressing towards their goals, save those who do not listen to our coaching. By focusing on ability and not aesthetics, the body becomes stronger, more functional and, finally, more beautiful. Our clients say that they feel better in their daily activities and that they are more confident as people!
WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
CrossFit is defined as “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.”
This means that each Workout of the Day (WOD) is devised to challenge you to use your everyday movements at a fast pace. Each workout starts with a full body warm-up including some mobility work, we then move into skill and technique work, always maintaining good technique and weights increase, and then we will finish with our WOD. The whole workout from warm-up to WOD changes everyday so you will always be doing something fun and new! WODs can be timed or scored to help motivate you and to be measurable; you will be able to see a time or score improvement in a particular workout when it is repeated at a later date.
CrossFit mixes elements of Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics (Body Weight Exercise) & Cardio. One of the things an athlete will notice is an improved overall fitness just from taking part in the WODs.
WHY ROCK JUNGLE CROSSFIT?
At Rock Jungle CrossFit, we work very hard to have a strong, fun, and supportive community, which is a big reason that our clients enjoy coming to classes and working together. Our number one priority is to ensure proper lifting technique and mobility before progressing into heavier weights and moving fast in workouts!
Rock Jungle is one of the few gyms in the world, and the only one in Edmonton, that requires all of our coaches to complete a 200-hour Apprenticeship Program, in addition to attaining their CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification. This ensures you are being coached by the most highly trained coaches in the city.
We want you to feel that RJCF is the right fit for you, so after you complete your CrossFit Fundamentals, we offer a free-week to try out the classes before you commit to a membership.
Whether you are brand new to CrossFit or have a lot of CrossFit experience, our knowledgeable coaches are constantly pursuing further fitness education and will help you to safely reach your fitness goals. When you have professional instructors and an inspiring community backing you, you will be motivated to keep showing up and working hard, and this is how you will reach your fitness goals!
HOW DO I START?
Sign up for our Fundamentals class.
This will teach you how to correctly move in the foundational barbell movements and give you an opportunity to learn about RJCF and how CrossFit works. The Fundamentals also gives our coaches an opportunity to work with you and learn about your needs and goals. You don’t need to “get into shape” before starting CrossFit. All workouts are scalable to all levels of fitness and ability.
Call or pop by to get signed up today!