Sportrock Climbing Flash Blog

Mar 16, 2012

Got Fit?

-Jason Montecalvo

Question: What is your definition of being “fit”?

How about your meaning of “healthy” or “strong?”

Does it mean you look good at the beach?

How about receiving good results on a physical exam?

If you lift weights or run long distances, does that make you fit?

I thought I knew the answer to that question when I was in my early 20’s. I was relatively strong (so I thought) and totally convinced I was fairly fit. I mean, I played varsity basketball and baseball in high school, mountain biked competitively in college, snowboarded backcountry, kayaked whitewater monthly, took up rock climbing religiously, and had been lifting at a local Jungle Gym at least 4 days a week. As I approached 30 years old, I started having difficulty keeping up my fitness level with the same workouts as my metabolism slowed down and my motivation had dropped off mainly because my regimen had become monotonous and boring. I was desperate for a change in my fitness so as not to slide lazily into my 30’s but I became tired of the weight gym and I missed the competition of sports and the camaraderie of teammates.

It was just my luck when I turned 29 that I met a friend at Sportrock Climbing Gym that introduced me to CrossFit and from that day on my life has been completely different. For the first time in years I absolutely love working out again. CrossFit added a dimension to my fitness that I could not have achieved with my typical standard workout. The physical achievements that I accomplished over my first 6 months are incomparable to the many years of athletics and gym workouts prior. What I was once unable to accomplish during long treadmill runs can now be accomplished within minutes with intensity. Two years ago this new lifestyle and workout regimen inspired a climbing partner and I so much that we got together to create a strength and conditioning course for Sportrock called FFX- an off-shoot of CrossFit catered more to climbers and athletes alike.

I have been a Level 1 certified CrossFit coach for over 2 years now and the reason I wanted to became certified was to teach and change the lives of others the way CrossFit and now FFX has changed mine. The focus of FFX is clearly on maximizing workload in minimal time with precision technique in order to increase your power as an individual and climber and reduce the chance for injuries by incorporating functional movements executed at high intensities. My personal goal as a trainer is to help people reach their full athletic potential be it recreationally or professionally. Throughout my competitive experiences in high school and college along with FFX I have witnessed the benefit and power of mental toughness in sports. Over the course of this process of building a strong mind and body I have seen participants overcome what they had once thought impossible and succeed on climbs that were previously far out of reach. If you’re starting to feel like your workout is a bit one-dimensional and you are looking for something different that is fun, competitive, in a supportive team-like environment and you are ready to get in the best shape of your life this has got your name written all over it. I would absolutely love to help you reach your fitness goals and invite you to give FFX a try on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm at SR2 in Alexandria- beginners are totally welcome!!!