Pursuing Improvements, Not Performance

Many fitness endeavors prioritize performance improvements. Weightlifting, Powerlifting, CrossFit, are a few that do this. There is a competitive side where you can actually go and compete in that sport. Being as strong or fast as possible is the goal. These programs create fitness no doubt, but prioritizing fitness gains and performance has a cost. Pursuing performance in most programs requires you pushing yourself to the edge of what you can do on a regular basis. This will increase the rate of adaptation (improvement), but also increases the probability of something going wrong and injuring yourself. When you push to your limits, you will find them.

(Side note: yes, we are a CrossFit, but we have morphed into a more balanced program—prioritizing frequency over intensity, as one example. We still use some CrossFit methodologies, but not all of them.)

At North Industry we do not put performance first. It can be fun and add another dimension to your training, but when you play a sport you are taking on all the risks that come from playing a sport—injury, overuse, burnout, orthopedic problems. Unless you’re getting paid to perform, it just doesn’t make sense to us. Everyone has to ask themselves, is the extra fitness gained by pushing like it’s a sport or competing, worth the increased risk of injury? I for one have decided that it is not. And our coaches agree. In our estimation, you can gain 85% of your potential fitness on 75-85% efforts. The major benefits to 75-85% efforts are reducing the risk of injury greatly, and they are maintainable and repeatable. Frequency wins out over intensity. This has been shown time and time again. And since most people are pursuing health and fitness, not a sport, you have to ask yourself—are you really any healthier if your deadlift is 300lb vs 260lb? Does that extra 40lbs make your body work or feel any better, or avoid disease and live longer? It sure doesn’t. Unless you are competing, there is no advantage to pushing yourself to the limit.

Now this doesn’t mean we don’t test limits. We certainly do. But it is a planned event, and not every time we workout. We pursue improvement. We look at fitness and health as a long game. So, if improving how your body moves and feels, and its resilience to stress and disease is more important to you than the numbers on a leaderboard, you have found the right place.

Keep a healthy perspective. Compare yourself to yourself. Pursue enjoying your time at the gym and making small improvements. It’s the best long term approach to health and fitness.

For a healthier future through personal responsibility,

Dennis Fenrich

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My name is Mitch Cieslak and I am a coach at CrossFit North Industry. I started doing CrossFit in November of 2014 and I have loved every second of it! It has given me the ability to live a healthy lifestyle I was looking for.

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My view of fitness changed on 2013 when I was introduced to Crossfit. Like many, it immediately had my attention. I became a coach because I saw the positive impact it had on my physical and mental health, so I wanted to pass that on to others. I work a full time job and am married to an amazing woman who does Crossfit with me. I also have three great kids who I cant convince to do Crossfit with me. Kids. Aside from spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy coaching others in fitness, living a mostly healthy lifestyle, and am an avid Steelers fan. Go Steelers!

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I’ve been working in the fitness industry since 2002. I started training myself when I was 15, started eating right when I was 21, and started training people when I was 26. I’ve been passionate about taking care of my body and living a healthy lifestyle for over 25 years now.

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