Offers Something Crossfit Never Did

I am a 64 old woman who considers herself in decent shape for my age. In the past I have taken aerobics classes, had personal trainers, and participated in Crossfit.  However, by far AVC is the best overall workout I have ever had.

Kettlebell swingsAmy’s sessions work every part of your body and she always makes sure that every exercise is performed the right way by every member of the class. Before we engage in any exercise, Amy or a class member will demonstrate the exercise and Amy will instruct us in proper technique and the “what not to dos”.

Amy always offers training modifications to a movement for those of us who are age challenged; something Crossfit never did. Most importantly,  Amy’s approach to fitness makes working out and pushing your limits FUN!

I am retiring in April and live about 40 minutes from AVC Elite Training, however I will most definitely continue with AVC Elite Training.

As you can tell I am an avid fan of AVC and recommend joining to anyone who wants to get or stay in shape.
~ Nora M.

Experience the fun of pushing your fitness limits with the encouragement and educated modifications to succeed. Check out upcoming AVC Elite Training sessions today!

What the #$*@&% is Elite Training?

So it’s like CrossFit? Nope, it’s better.  Or maybe like HIIT? Well, that’s just part of it.

Get Fit Fast ScamsI get it. It’s a confusing fitness market with lots of gimmicks and get fit quick schemes.

So how do you tell the difference and pick something that gives you what you want?

Visible results, strength, health, encouragement and enjoyment.

AVC Elite Training is a comprehensive training program encompassing:

  • Metabolic Resistance Training
  • High Intensity Interval Training
  • Agility and Plyometric Training
  • Functional Training
  • Core Control and Strengthening

Here’s the honest truth. Many people involved in training programs at this level don’t last. Great intentions are there at the beginning being backed by goals such as weight loss, improved fitness gains, sport’s performance enhancement or simply improvements in overall health. But people get distracted and busy with life or find excuses. And that’s ok, we’re not for everyone.

At this point, you might still be asking “What makes AVC Elite Training long term and not just a fad” like so many other training and workout programs?

Here’s my secret…

  • Quality Instruction providing modifications and individualized instruction meeting the needs of each participant.
  • Safety and injury prevention is always foremost while always keeping the trainee challenged. Too many people are getting hurt out there executing (or trying to execute) far too advanced movements being pushed by overzealous trainers that are only putting the trainee at risk for injury.
  • Science based programming that follows proper progression striking the fine balance of pushing the trainee past their comfort zone while achieving success and results!
  • A friendly, positive, motivating and supportive environment. Everyone encourages one another.
  • Fun Functional FitnessFUN! We take our training seriously, but always keep a sense of humor providing lots of laughs. This is a rare quality when executing this type of challenging work among a group. Take out the fun factor and the training becomes like most others out there….pure drudgery!
  • It’s never boring! No two training sessions are alike. You – and your body – will always be wondering “what’s next?”
  • Not just dumbbells…we have the BEST fitness toys to play with!
  • Not limited to age or gender, accommodating most skill levels.

There is a difference in choosing a top notch training and workout program. But don’t just take my word for it. Hear it from fellow trainees who share their first-hand stories. And when you are ready, come and experience the difference yourself. Check out upcoming sessions of AVC Elite Training today.

Breaking Bad Self-talk Improves Fitness

I’ve always been active in some way, shape or form, but started to fall into that typical slump where I would find myself making excuses not to exercise, either because I had to rush the kids to their practices, or I had to rush home to make dinner or simply because it was just too hot outside.

I stumbled acrossSide-Squat-Walk Amy by accident when I was supposed to be checking out CrossFit.  I thought to myself “Jackpot, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for!”, then Amy said “CrossFit is across the street,” I was so disappointed, but I went across the street anyway and tried out my one day free trial at CrossFit.

Afterwards, I immediately ran back across the street to AVC Elite Training. It was clear that AVC Elite Training was top notch over what CrossFit had to offer. I just stood there intrigued and so motivated by watching the group train that I knew I had to be part of it. So I joined in May and never looked back.

Double agility ladderI remember watching the group in awe, thinking I could never do the things that they can do, but wanted to so badly. Since I have joined TEAM AVC, I can see my strength and endurance build up each time I train. I’ll admit I still can’t do everything to its fullest, but each session I feel I am getting better, stronger and more proficient in the execution of Amy’s training.

I see all of the incredible results that the other trainees have accomplished in the training which has motivated me to no end to keep on going and to push myself in a positive direction breaking down the “I can’t” attitude and turning it into the “YES I CAN” attitude!

I wish I could explain why I get so excited Sunday night anticipating our Monday morning training so much so that I even lose sleep, but it’s something you would have to experience for yourself. Amy’s training is never the same and never boring.

She takes care of each and every one of us to make sure we don’t over exert ourselves and always reminds us to stay hydrated. She teaches us running techniques and encourages us to take it at our own pace. She monitors our heart rate making it mandatory to wear a heart monitor at all times in our training. She instructs and teaches proper technique and form, keeping our safety in mind at all times.  

Thanks to Amy, I no longer make excuses about not exercising and make my training a priority. It has become a part of my lifestyle now and there’s no turning back. I’ve dropped 10 lbs. (with proper diet of course) and with Amy’s help will continue to build strength and endurance with each class.

Thanks Amy for making such a huge difference in my health and well-being.
~ Sandra M.

Looking to break free of your negative self-talk and discover renewed health and fitness? Be cautious of Crossfit and other fitness fads and find out about your fitness professional. What’s their education? What fitness certifications do they have and who trained them? What do their clients’ say about training with them?  Ask for yourself!

The 7 Ways AVC Elite Training Workout Routines Beat Crossfit

In a market that is saturated with so many fitness and training options – Cross Fit, HIT or High Intensity Training, Body Pump and more – it can be difficult to know which training program and workout routines are best suited to meeting your needs.

AVC Elite Training is superior and different than a Crossfit or pre-packaged HIT workout. This post will help clear up the confusion by discussing the top 7 ways AVC Elite Training workout routines beat Crossfit.

#1: Form Beats Speed

Each Crossfit session features a Workout Of the Day (WOD) to be completed in a short amount of time – typically 20 minutes. Each WOD encourages use of very heavy weights on advanced exercises. The Crossfit emphasis is on speed and weight hoisted.

medicine ball plank formAVC Elite Training workout routines include on-going instruction focused on proper form. How quickly you can complete an entire workout is not a goal. Achieving desired results in terms of strength gains, stabilization or weight loss through safe, proficient execution of each exercise is the objective.

The amount of weight used for each exercise is dependent on the particular movement and each trainee’s ability. Having a variety of weight options available and it getting the personalized feedback to perfect form is critical to your success.

AVC Elite Training prides itself in providing top quality training and instruction ensuring the safety of its clients while challenging them to their full potential. Always remember that more weight or more reps doesn’t mean greater results without good form.

#2: Systematic Muscle Confusion Beats Random Sequencing

Crossfit WOD sessions are constructed randomly, meaning without physiological reason as to why a specific exercise is placed in a particular workout and without consideration of how many times a specific muscle is being targeted within a session or period.

Crossfit’s random workout routines are not productive muscle confusion and do not make a well constructed program. Random exercises – especially when lifting very heavy weight – can set you up for injury.

AVC Elite Training sessions implement systematic muscle confusion within each workout to maximize results and protect you from injury. AVC Elite Training includes intentionally varied components within each 60 minute training session.

Keys in every AVC Elite Training session including strength training and aerobic bursts working together to fire up the cardio metabolic effect. Your core engaged throughout each AVC Elite session and is emphasized with a challenging core segment.

#3: Recovery Beats Overuse

Crossfit workout routines are intended to be done daily. The name Workout of the Day reinforces that premise as core to the Crossfit program. What happens when you do the same workout 3 days in a row, without appropriate recovery. Hello injury; goodbye results!

AVC Elite Training workouts are scheduled 2-3 times a week and never in consecutive days. Each AVC Elite trainee is allowed proper recovery and therefore achieves successive results.

#4: Exercise Science Beats Complexity

Crossfit exercises rely heavily on powerlifting and gymnastics, both of which are risky and unnecessary to achieve elite fitness. The complexity of Crossfit workout routines frequently takes skilled and well trained athletes months to execute effectively and without injury.

heart rate training exercise scienceHypertrophy (muscle growth) can be achieved without putting you at risk for injury. In addition systematic muscle confusion, AVC Elite Training sessions are predicated on exercise science. For example, Amy’s years of experience in heart rate training help her use heart rate as a tool in instruction and coaching of all trainees.

#5: Personalization Beats One Size Fits All

In the typical Crossfit session, everybody does the same routine (WOD). There appears to be no customization of the routine. This then poses a challenge for the Cross Fit client with postural imbalances, poor flexibility, muscle imbalances, joint problems.

By contrast, AVC Elite Training takes into consideration your individual ability, physical and/or health limitations and customizes the training to meet your specific needs and goals. Furthermore, exercises that correct postural imbalances are always included within the training with the goal of balancing out weaknesses within the body.

All AVC Elite Training groups are heterogeneous consisting of ages 26-66, male and female, with no segregation from the beginner to the advanced athlete. Individualized instruction and customization are a constant within the training.

avc elite training workout routines#6: Progression Beats Guessing

I do not believe that Crossfit has any methodical way of tracking a client’s progress over time. There appears to be no real progression to their system of training. So how do you know if you should sign-up again or renew your membership? Beats me.

AVC Elite Training provides a systematic progression each training program of 8-10 weeks. Your individual progress is tracked within the program leading you to success, getting great results and being ready for the next challenging program.

#7: Education and Experience Beats Popularity

Today there are hundreds of Crossfit gyms popping up all over the world. Each Crossfit session is led by a coach(es) certified with training over a single weekend and willing to pay $1,000 a pop. Many of these coaches lack a depth of knowledge and experience – a scary proposition with the type of training they are presenting to the public.

fitness experience and certificationsAmy is certified by the American Institute of Fitness Educators, the National Federation of Professional Trainers. Amy is also a Newton Natural Running™ Certified Coach in Arizona and Amy holds her Masters of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University.

Amy is also a competitive runner, cycling enthusiast and soon-to-be Tough Mudder to complement her training program.

Education and experience matter. Amy’s expertise means top quality training for each and every client, keeping you motivated, challenged and injury free. Each client is interviewed and screened and then integrated within the program in a safe and effective manner. No two AVC Elite Training sessions are alike within the training, keeping things fresh and ever changing.

So now you will know how to respond to friends who ask “What is Crossfit?”

What would you add to this list as an AVC Elite Training student? Not yet a trainee, but interested in finding out firsthand how AVC Elite Training beats Crossfit workout routines? Visit an AVC Elite Training Session in East Mesa this week. Email Amy to sign up!