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Humans were made to move.  Our primal ancestors survived by moving.  They had to forage and hunt for food, build and seek out shelter, and of course they played.  To live, they had to move:  Walking, running, lifting, jumping, throwing, crawling, chasing, and climbing were not considered “exercise”, they were considered survival.  These activities allowed them to eat, to provide for their families, to sleep well.  In short, the more they moved, the more they thrived.

Fast-forward to today.  Many of us sit in chairs all day, staring at computer and phone screens, then we drive home (more sitting!) and when we get home, we slouch on couches and stare at more screens. After all that, we sleep poorly and get achy when we move.  What happened to thriving like our ancestors, and how did we start living such a sedentary life?

I’m not saying we have to go off the grid, and become hunter-gatherers, but we should at least break the cycle and learn how to move better.  After all that’s what our bodies are made to do!  At Overland Park CrossFit, this is our goal:  We focus on a fitness that you can take outside of the four walls of our gym, and we accomplish this by teaching you how to move better!

Want to have the energy and ability to play with your kids in the park?  Kids are going to want you to lift them up and pretend like they’re flying — no problem, you’ve been putting barbells over your head.  They’re definitely going to want to race you to the water fountain — you got this because you’ve been sprinting!  And no day at the park is complete without climbing a tree — no problem, you’re stringing together pullups all day!

When you go to the grocery store, do you have trouble picking up that heavy bag of dog food out of your car trunk and then strain with all your might to drag it into the house?  Not anymore!  You’ve been deadlifting, plus you’ve been running with sandbags.  You’ll be throwing fido’s chow over your shoulder and sprinting into the house in no time!

Do you avoid the stairs like the plague because when you walk up them your knees ache and you’re out of breath?  You’ll be racing your elevator-riding friends to the 15th floor all day, heck, you’ve been jumping on 30-inch boxes and bounding around like an NBA player!

We believe in functional training — training that allows you to go out and tackle whatever you want to in everyday life, whether that’s running a 5k with friends, lifting those heavy moving boxes up your basement stairs, or dominating your family football game at Thanksgiving.

We want every single person in our Overland Park CrossFit family to find a better fitness and that means being able to take on any task in life by learning how to move better in a community of people who work hard, play hard, and have fun!

Want to join the fun?  Contact us to get started!

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