About CrossFit Dare
Hi guys, my name is Daniel and I’m here to teach you how to exercise to stay strong and be healthy for as long as possible, in the safest way possible and the simplest way possible.
Sound pretty mundane? Isn’t that what all the other trainers and gyms are doing?
In other words, I’m here to help you have a healthy relationship with exercise.
Healthy relationship? I don’t even have a relationship with exercise... ha ha
What comes to mind when you hear exercise, working out and fitness? It’s likely:
- body builders with big muscles, sweating, grunting, and man handling heavy weights
- people with pain on their face doing all sorts of weird movements
- “fitness models” with glistening bodies looking good for the camera
- music bumping with an over caffeinated trainer/coach screaming and yelling like a drill sergeant
- a tv show where people compete to lose weight? Fitness celebrities? Get this six pack in 6 weeks? Get ready for your summer beach body?
- Buy this product, buy this supplement, buy this equipment...
If you currently do or have subscribed to any of the things listed above, the point isn’t to be insulting but to reveal how health and fitness has been commercialized.
Rather than health, wellness, longevity, and independence the industry continues to exploit insecurities, sex appeal, temporary solutions, and same things packaged a hundred different ways to keeping selling.
It’s one thing to market and advertise using these tactics but the health and fitness industry has become synonymous with quick fixes, chasing “sexy”, and a product to be bought at the cheapest price available.
As I've become more aware of this, I was disappointed and almost felt helpless for the state of the fitness industry.
So I had to make a shift and decided to share the simplest implementation of exercise so the average adult can actually understand and learn what they’re doing to start getting stronger to aid in their health.
It took a lot of research, trial and error to come to this conclusion but I was confused for years.
When we first opened our gym in 2013, as much effort as I put into safety and technique our workouts were intense and significantly challenging for the average adult.
I thought I was simply giving the clients what they wanted. They wanted results fast so in addition to adjusting nutrition I gave them the epitome of intensity, CrossFit.
When I first came across CrossFit in 2008, I had been a personal trainer at a typical larger gym for a year. What drew me to CrossFit was that they were emphasizing movements I was finding to be more useful than others, which they categorized as functional.
As I continued to work in this field and got my degree in Kinesiology I was experimenting with programs and approaches from renown health and fitness professionals to find the “best” program out there.
With all the research, ‘programs not quite good enough’, and frustration, I came to a realization... I was asking the wrong questions.
I was asking, “How do I help fix these problems; weight gain, muscle loss, muscle weakness, aches/pains, stiffness, tiredness, etc…?”
When I should have been asking, “What is causing these problems?”
The science is out there that exercise helps in all sorts of ways, and that’s why I’m determined to provide minimum effective dosage or the lowest hanging fruit.
It doesn’t take much to get the benefits of exercise, but it does take consistency so pounding clients with super intense workouts can only lead to burn out, more stress or even injury.
When we’re helping to improve health, we need to consider mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. All areas share the energy you have available so we want to be cautious how much energy is demanded from any one of these areas.
Unless you have a medical condition, you will see the side benefits of better energy levels, improved strength, and changes in your body. If you're committed to maintaining your strength, health and "results" for years to come, what's the point of trying to rush the process?
You can see benefits 1, 2, 3 months in, but if I can help you learn to be strong and healthy for 10, 20, 30 years plus I will be grateful for having played a part.