So as some listeners may or may not know, I quit my regular gym membership a few months ago and joined CrossfitMSP/MSPFitness. The Crossfit methodology takes a slightly different approach to fitness than typical group classes and so after one of my sessions, I sat down with Michael Pilhofer, the co-founder and head coach, to dig a little deeper into the philosophy and how he has implemented it at his gym.

Crossfit is: “a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an
adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but 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.”

This is a great interview to listen to if you’ve never heard of Crossfit, but perhaps even more valuable if you’ve heard just a little bit about it. Maybe you’ve seen highlights of the Reebok Crossfit Games on ESPN, been to the main website a few times and seen some of the intense workouts that are posted. Michael and I speak a bit about how that creates a perception that the Crossfit methodology and approach to fitness may not be accessible to normal humans like us.

Do you think you could work out with these guys? The winners of the 2011 games?

Probably not… So Michael spends some time outlining the culture and philosophy he has built at MSPFitness, and how the Crossfit tenets above really can be a key part of anyone’s overall wellness/fitness plan. We delve into some of the psychology behind a few of the rituals we do at the gym (like always writing our workout results up on a big whiteboard for everyone to see), and find out how Michael, a successful professional musician and teacher got into this industry.

Thanks once again to Michael for joining me for this podcast, as well as his wife/co-founder, Van, and everyone at MSPFitness for creating such an awesome, positive environment! A way more welcoming and constructive atmosphere than at LA Fitness where they wouldn’t let me use a free pass from the internet to try out Zumba……(Listen to the top of the podcast for more ranting on that…)

Learn more at crossfitmsp.com and crossfit.com

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