CrossFit Lumos was founded in 2016 to bring a world class fitness community to Austin’s East Riverside area. We built Lumos to be a safe and welcoming environment where we could share our love of functional fitness and teach it in a thoughtful and well-designed manner.
At Lumos we believe in virtuosity- “doing the common, uncommonly well”- and our format is designed to build a strong foundation in basic movement patterns upon which we progressively layer new skills and challenges. We train our athletes to understand the how-how to move well, how to perform at high levels, how to rest, recover, and refuel properly- and the why- the underlying context of what they are doing and why it’s important.
Lastly, we do all of this within the larger frame of a nurturing and vibrant community that supports, challenges, and celebrates everyone willing to put in the consistent, smart, and honest effort.
Every CrossFit gym is an independently owned community with its own character, rules, and culture. At its core CrossFit is an experiment in making fitness a social undertaking- we train together, team up with each other, compete against one another, and organize events and meetings that deepen our bond and cohesiveness. Scientific data has shown this to be extremely beneficial for compliance with a fitness program, as people are more invested and accountable, but it is also an important statement to make in a world that is increasingly disconnected and virtually based. Expect to learn people’s names, laugh and talk with your classmates, and have people check up on you if you miss a few days. If you absolutely love going to the gym, putting in your headphones, and not talking to anyone for an hour this might be a tough transition!
CrossFit provides extraordinary results to “ordinary” people, but it’s important to note that everyone starts from a different place. Fitness background, previous injury, health concerns, age, and other factors all shape what CrossFit will “look like” to each individual. CrossFit prides itself on being accessible to all through the use of “scaling”- subtle changes and tweaks to the program that allow two very different people to work out side by side, doing similar and individually appropriate movements, and receiving a similar stimulus. Coach Glassman has said, “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.” CrossFit is for everybody!
CrossFit is a plan built on principles of empiricism- it uses data to ensure that athletes are improving, seeing results, and spending their time in the most efficient, safe, and useful manner. CrossFitters are encouraged to log their workouts in a journal (paper or virtual) and then compare their results over time. This gives us context for each workout, motivates us, and drives progress. On a large scale, the data gathered from the thousands of worldwide CrossFit affiliates validates the efficacy of the program. CrossFit has always maintained that if someone can design a more effective system, and prove it, they would happily adopt it. To date, some have tried, none have succeeded. No fitness system in history can match the broad and useful results that CrossFit provides.