Methodology | Philosophy | Vision
We are committed to developing highly competent, capable, & confident athletes.
Tectonic CrossFit is a professional strength & conditioning training grounds for functional fitness, intended to serve everyday people who seek objective, sustainable progress. Ours is a proven, effective, and unmistakable passion for supporting people in the definition, pursuit, and achievement of their goals inside the gym and out.
We are all in on you and your training, devoted to getting the very best from our athlete community. This is driven by:
focused, highly invested coaching oversight
mindfully designed, effective strength & conditioning programming rooted in both science & praxis
consistently organized, well-structured classes that optimize performance & productivity within every 60 minute training session
a dedicated, thoroughly prepared coaching staff that is relentless about honing its expertise
cultivating an engaged, inspired, supportive athlete community that is well-informed about its training practices and is invested in its own success
practicing extreme ownership: creating leaders through self-reflection & personal responsibility
fostering a tenacious mindset that pursues real long-term progress, rather than the ego of immediate gratification
CrossFit as a Culture & Practice: A Note On Extreme vs. Effective Programming
With the incredible spectacle of the CrossFit Games, and the grassroots community-building of neighborhood boxes, CrossFit has evolved. Everyday people are redefining their notions of health & fitness, training movements that improve their functional capacity, and making connections with folks who share an ethos centered around growth — not simply in terms of quantitative performance, but the kind of qualitative growth that can only come from consistently embracing new challenges, intelligent goal setting, focused persistence, & interpersonal accountability.
During this period of increased exposure to the highlight reels of CrossFit as competitive sport, there also came a perceived demand for a more sensationalist approach to training. Many people considering CrossFit began looking for gyms that they felt approximated the most advanced, or in some cases the most hardcore workouts they could find. The desire to mimic what it is believed elite CrossFitters do day in and day out is rooted in misconceptions about “the more brutal it is, the better it is”.
This is generally ineffective for athlete development & sustainability at its most benign, counterproductive at its most likely, and potentially debilitating at its most egregious. Competition WODs are designed to push the limits of human potential. They are designed to test — not build, progress, and improve. Training must be intentionally crafted to improve athletes longitudinally with specific targets, methods, and evaluation, using approaches that are mindful of exercise volume, training density, intensity, and frequency of exposure.
Our programming is exactingly rigorous; adaptation and growth cannot occur without a sufficiently challenging stimulus.
To make this work, our coaching team must understand the specific outcomes of our designs, how it is balanced within the day, how it fits into the broader context of the training macrostructure, how it should be tailored according to individual athlete needs, and why it will produce adaptations. We then need to distill & effectively communicate these concepts as appropriate for the athletes we task with executing the work. We need to be able to answer our athlete’s questions about how to improve movement execution & training output, daily intentions of the design, as well as rationale for scaling or modifications. We need to keep tabs on our folks both individually and in aggregate, in order to continuously calibrate our compass and fight to ensure we are providing guidance, clarity, and support with high quality, well-titrated sessions that are effective for beginners and intermediates, and continue to produce demonstrable progress among experienced athletes for the long-haul.