I was first attracted to Functional Fitness because it was counterculture. After 10 years in the fitness industry, I was tired of the myths, quasi-science and flat-out lies. I wanted to be a coach, not a myth-buster. Functional Fitness was a new voice in the wilderness: the plain and untarnished truth.
But in 2015, Functional Fitness was plain and untarnished EVERYTHING. Functional Fitness gyms were nasty by nature: chalk on the floor, pictures of ripped hands on the internet, dogs everywhere.
I went through the “competitive” side of Functional Fitness, the Paleo side, the Zone side. I was quick to embrace anything that was the opposite of the status quo in fitness. After a few years, I realized that Functional Fitness had its OWN dogma, and reined it back in a bit. No more “your workout is our warm-up” slogans, no more Mark Twight T-shirts with messages about drinking poison in the jungle.
I’ve mellowed a bit. But the fitness industry really hasn’t. Functional Fitness was so radical that it pulled the whole movement a few degrees to the right. The old radical has become the new normal: the globo gym down the street still doesn’t care if you show up or not, but they have bumper plates and pull-up bars in case you ever do.
What’s the NEW radical? What are the trendsetters doing now? What are the early adopters adopting?
They’re taking control of their health.
Our parents’ generation relaxed into the social-security safety net like it was a hammock. Good for them; they deserved it. But OUR generation can’t wait for answers to be solved for us. We can’t wait for food to fall from the trees or for doctors to book an appointment just to see how we’re doing. No one is taking your temperature until you’re sick. And no one will carry you until you’re in a casket.
Still, most of us do nothing about it. And never will. We’ll wait, instead, for the Doctor’s Orders to exercise. We’ll wait for a pill to eat.
The Capacity Fitness & Nutrition mission is to affect possitively the lives of 1,000 people in Baltimore. That means I want to put CONTROL in the hands of those who want it. These are the new radicals: the few folks who will actually question the standing authority, do their own research and take action in their lives.
The new radicals are the folks who won’t wait for the potion, but will create their own answers. These folks will be immune to the myths, abundant with their care and wide open to challenges. They’ll all outlive their doctors, mark my words.
Taking control of your health might not make you popular outside our gym. It will make you a radical. It definitely won’t be easy. But it will definitely be worth it.