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CROSSFIT 605 IS NOW OPEX BRISTOL

CrossFit 605 opened in late 2013 and it’s safe to say that the last (nearly) 6 years have been a fantastic journey. We have been lucky enough to help and coach hundreds of fantastic people and have had a hell of a lot of fun along the way.

However, as the fitness industry evolves so do we. CrossFit 605 is now OPEX Bristol.

We live and breathe fitness and believe there is a better way to do things. Our aim has always been to evolve. Our coaches are constantly improving and learning to be the best at their craft. No matter what your goals - To lose weight, look good, feel great, live a long life our coaches are here to help. We want to change the way individuals view their fitness no mater what their goals - We want to change things for the better by offering a experience which combines an individual focus with the support of a community of like minded individuals.

WHY WE AREN’T CROSSFIT 605 ANYMORE

It makes sense for us to explain where we come from, what we loved about the CrossFit methodology, and what ultimately we came to the conclusion didn’t work over time for us. This isn’t us being negative about what CrossFit is or what other gyms do, just what we found and what we believed was a better way forward for our members. We coached CrossFit in a group setting for 1000’s of hours having a positive impact on peoples lives. From this we figured out a few things.

THE GOOD

COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT

One of the massive positives of the CrossFit environment is that you get to train in a small group alongside other like minded people. If you don’t like the normal closed off nature of a normal gym environment then this is definitely for you.

MIXING MODALITIES KEEPS THINGS FUN

CrossFit encourages a mix of gymnastics, weightlifting and monostructural elements into their workouts. It has introduced movements that most people haven’t had experience with before and has given people a chance to enjoy fitness in a way that they have experienced before.

THE NOT SO GOOD

EVERYONE IS VERY DIFFERENT

We are all individuals and everyone is different so should we all be doing the same thing.  In a class based environment each person has a different level of ability so every person doing the same thing doesn’t really make sense.  You can scale movements but is this really effective in helping you get fitter and healthier?  

Whether we are talking an individuals goals, training age, current fitness or genetic makeup everyone that came into the gym was different and as such trying to scale or adapt a group workout for each person over time felt like a less than ideal solution to help them get where they wanted to be.

PROGRESS IS DIFFICULT TO TRACK

We have been open for nearly 6 years now so have coached 1000’s of hours but how do you really know if you are progressing. What health and fitness metrics are you tracking?  We have seen the improvements that people make when you are new to something, every-time you lift something its a PB. However, is this really progress? Are you getting fitter and healthier?  Are you looking at other things, like Energy, Body composition, happiness. What happens when the progress inevitable stalls? We know why but it became trusting for us that we could help people further.

 What we found historically from coaching 100’s of people is that they would come in and start out and for 18-24 months would absolutely smash it. Every time they lifted the bar they would get a PR, every time they re-attempted a benchmark workout they would beat their old time. However after that time progress would often falter and stall, we now know why but it became frustrating for us within the model that we couldn’t help these people.

FITNESS HAS BECOME COMPETITIVE

This is perhaps the most controversial point! Have you ever questioned if making classes competitive is a good thing?  We’ve seen and heard to all! “I’m not competing against anyone”, “Its just a bit of fun”, “I did this many rounds”.  We have found that the competitive nature of group fitness can cause people to push to much sacrificing movement quality leading to injuries, chase unobtainable weights (I need to Rx) and lose the real reason for staying fit and healthy. 

As professional fitness coaches it was hard to counter against this. As personal trainers we believed on a day to day basis that it was something we wanted to move away from.

WHY WE BECAME OPEX BRISTOL

We started on our coaching journey over 7 years, we started when CrossFit was new in the UK.  Throughout this time we have developed as coaches, continued to educate ourselves and have seen things evolve.  We believe fitness should be an important part of peoples lives and have aligned with OPEX. This is why:

WE RESPECT THE INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR JOURNEY IN FITNESS OVER A LIFETIME

As we alluded to above we recognised that everyone has very different abilities and aspirations in fitness, as such each member of our gym has their own coach, their own program, their own nutrition and lifestyle guidance and their own goals.

WE ARE A COMMUNITY

We still train together, we still cheer each other on, we still have the same community environment but we have removed the daily competition element from that as we believe that for most people over a lifetime this will serve them better.

FOR PROGRESS OVER A LIFETIME, YOU NEED SPECIFICITY

When you go from doing nothing to something, you will get better, that doesn’t matter what it is, it could be running, Zumba, CrossFit, anything. But after time your progress will slow and in many cases stop. If you want to continue to improve over a lifetime in fitness you need to incorporate a long term plan to continue to get stronger, faster and to actually develop skills. 

NUTRITION, SLEEP, STRESS & ENERGY LEVELS NEED TO BE OPTIMISED

I’m sure you heard the saying ‘you can’t out train a bad diet'.’ This is just the tip of the iceberg. To ensure you get the most out of your time in the gym we need to help you optimise all of the things that can affect this. As a member of OPEX Bristol you will get bespoke nutrition and lifestyle coaching from your personal trainer to help you achieve your goals.

AN OPEX PERSONAL TRAINER IS A PROFESSIONAL

The steps to become an OPEX Coach are many, and the tests to ensure they are at the desired level are frequent. The culmination of the initial program being a large case study prepared by the coach, assessed and marked by the founder of OPEX himself. This we believe qualifies us to say that we are experts within the fitness industry. Our passion is helping you achieve your goals.

We know there is a lot to this, ultimately if you are looking to try CrossFit (or mixed modal training), then we have you covered. With us you will learn and grow at your own pace, under the guidance of an expert coach which will ensure that you continue to see progress over a lifetime. If you would like to see what this is like for yourself click the link below to find our about our four week trial.