Our FAST program builds you up so that you can get all the things you want out of your training and your life outside of the gym.
FOUNDATIONAL ATHLETIC STABILITY TRAINING
Which means you can work to either lose weight or set a personal record on your back squat with the confidence that your body can handle the training you throw at it.
The fitness industry is faced with a constant dilemma - how do you balance giving people what they want with what they need?
People want quick weight loss. They want loud music and screaming instructors. They want restrictive meal plans and 6 week nutrition challenges. They want their workouts to feel really, really hard - because it's discomfort that gets results, right?
However, at South Loop Strength & Conditioning, we take a fiduciary responsibility for the long term results of our clients. Meaning that we think it's more important to create an environment where people buy into our long-term vision for their continued success in fitness - rather than creating programs that cater to their whims that we know don't have the substance for long-term results.
And, the truth is that many people are underserved by the current climate of group classes.
Most bootcamp-style programs rely on cheesiness and gimmicks - as well as a lot of fluff and instructors who are more focused on their playlists and their cheesy motivational sayings than the actual technique, progression, and understanding of the clients in their classes.
High intensity programs like our CrossFit classes can get people great results, but there's a significant focus on intensity, heavy barbells, and competition that is simply too much for a lot of folks who are interested in getting started - and, to be honest, it can be pretty intimidating.
So, what's someone to do who wants serious training based upon timeless principles developed by the best coaches in the world?
But who is not necessarily interested in pushing their body to the limit, maxing out their clean & jerk, or pushing to the point of potentially vomiting after a workout?
Our FAST program is focused on building resilient, fit bodies so that our clients can use their fitness to whatever end they see fit.
Some people want to make significant changes in their lifestyle and reclaim their health - and we have several stories of dozens of pounds lost.
Some people want to make themselves more resilient so that they can do the activities they enjoy in life without fear that their fitness will let them down - like play with their kids, go for jogs on the lakefront path, join a rec sports league, or carry groceries up a few flights of stairs without feeling a bit more exhausted than is reasonable.
Some of our CrossFit athletes use the program as a supplemental work to their higher intensity training, since the philosophy of FAST focuses on utilizing the component parts of movements to make the whole stronger.
And - we also have football players, track athletes, and soccer players who use the program to injury-proof their bodies for the unpredictable demands of their sport.
This program is for people who are willing to work hard and put themselves in uncomfortable places. Sure, the training is hard, but we teach all movements from the ground up and design workouts both for beginners and for people with significant training experience.
If you're looking for serious training without the fluff - and without the focus on heavy lifting and competition - come check out our FAST program and see what it's all about.
FINALLY...A FITNESS PROGRAM THAT BUILDS RESILIENT BODIES AND GETS PEOPLE FIT - WITHOUT THE FLUFF AND CHEESINESS OF BOOTCAMPS OR THE CONSTANT FOCUS ON INTENSITY AND COMPETITION FOUND IN CROSSFIT
You can use your fitness to do whatever you want - walk on the lake, play with your kids, join a rec sports league, or just go up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. Our program gives you the tools to live your life without restriction.
Join a Community of Like-Minded People
A cornerstone of any weight loss program is a solid fitness routine. While you can't out-train a bad diet, you can maximize your results in the gym so that you can stay on track with all of the habits necessary to change your body.
FAST IS A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM MEANT TO BUILD YOU UP RATHER THAN BREAK YOU DOWN
There's something special about people who purposefully choose to do something challenging day in and day out, and we find people form tight bonds and friendships in our group classes.
Improve Joint Health
In order to keep joints healthy, we have to keep them moving - and we have to apply the correct amount of stress with proper technique. Our coaches are focused on helping you move well so that you develop proper technique.
FAST is a circuit-based class with intervals of continuous movement where you work on each piece at your own pace. Movements and skills are taken apart and each individual component is trained so that the whole becomes stronger when the individual parts are improved.
Train in intervals with work to rest ratios that increase aerobic capacity – meaning you can do more work while getting less tired.
Use your own bodyweight as resistance in order to improve muscle endurance and body control.
Prevent injuries and improve movement patterns while making joints more resilient by improving your control through different ranges of motion.
Learn to control your body in space and move athletically through plyometric drills.
Rehab and Pre-hab
High Intensity Intervals
Develop coordination and agility by focusing on good running mechanics - and recruit fast twitch muscle fibers through sprinting drills.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE NAME - THIS PROGRAM ISN'T JUST ABOUT RUNNING
Proper core stability is the foundation of all good movement. Build the muscle endurance and the motor control necessary to maintain good positions in all movements.
We've taken the best training principles from a variety of disciplines to put together a program that is fun, engaging, and varied - while simultaneously offering continuous progression in the most important training areas that build resilient bodies.
"I have a lot of deficiencies in my body. I'm 47 years old. I hadn't done these types of movements ever.
Doing FAST really enabled me to start working those areas and improved my mobility - and just made me a better athlete."
No need for this to be the perfect time or for you to worry about starting on the exact right day. We'll get you into a class since trying FAST is the best way to understand what it's all about.
You'll meet with one of our expert coaches and discuss your background and your goals - and you'll also go through a movement screen and try a short workout.
Try Your First Class
Consistency is the precursor to results. If you can train consistently 3x per week for several months, you will be astonished at the progress that you can make. Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in 1 month and dramatically underestimate what they can accomplish in 6 months.
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH OUR FAST PROGRAM
"The things I do in FAST I look at as tightening all my joints back up and making sure I'm structurally sound.
I can add [FAST] to any day or every day [of training]."
5x CrossFit Games Athlete, Mother
Do I have to be in shape to start?
Nope. While our training is challenging, it is infinitely scaleable and modifiable. Even if you've never worked out before, our coaches are highly skilled and able to find the "sweet spot" of appropriate challenge for all experience levels.
Our community is also very supportive, and everyone starts somewhere. Don't worry that you'll be the "slow one" in class or that people will be judging you. Everyone is primarily focused on their own training and - in the nicest way possible - they don't really care that much about what you're doing!
What's the difference between CrossFit and FAST?
Our CrossFit program is focused on developing fitness across all kinds of different capacities - including strength, conditioning, gymnastics, speed, and power. CrossFit uses a lot of high power output conditioning, barbell-based strength work, and gymnastics movements to achieve these goals. CrossFit can be a bit intimidating, and the intensity of CrossFit isn't always appropriate for people on a daily basis.
FAST is an interval-based class focused more on building up the component parts of bigger movements - so that we can build resilient bodies that can handle the stress of higher intensity training, as well as build the fitness necessary to do whatever you want to do outside of the gym.
While there may be some similarities between FAST and CrossFit in terms of some of the exercises that we use and the interval-based nature of some of the conditioning training, you will see many more isolation movements, core movements, and pre-hab/rehab movements in FAST - as opposed to the higher volume of barbell movements and gymnastics movements used in CrossFit.
What if I can't do certain movements?
All the movements that we do in FAST are infinitely modifiable and scalable. If you struggle with a certain movement, our coaches know how to make it appropriately challenging for you.
If you have movement restrictions, our coaches know how to swap movements out with other movements that will give you a similar stimulus. If you have pre-existing injuries, check out the next question below.
What if I have pre-existing injuries?
Injuries are pretty variable, and it's somewhat irresponsible to offer blanket recommendations for injuries on a website.
That said, it's often beneficial to continue training and moving as much as possible - provided you aren't exacerbating potential injuries or movement issues.
We also do an upfront movement screen on our members to hopefully uncover any potential issues with movement that could put someone at risk for problems down the line.
How do memberships work?
Most of our members do one of our monthly unlimited memberships. We have options for both month-to-month memberships and memberships with a 6 month commitment.
We have folks who do both our CrossFit classes and our FAST classes, and we do have a separate membership rate for people who only want to our FAST program. If you're curious about our rates, you can learn more here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DON'T WAIT FOR THE PERFECT TIME TO GET STARTED.
There's no such thing as a perfect time, and you'll learn more and get more out of coming in to chat with one of our coaches than you will in hundreds of hours of continued research.
Besides, your first consult is on us. That way, you can find out if we are who we say we are (since we know lots of people have been burned by disingenuous marketing in the fitness industry in the past).
And, if you show that you can show up to your consult, you'll know that you can show up to get your training in. All we can do is create the environment, write the program, and offer coaching - after that, it's on you to show up and find consistency.
Come see what it's all about.
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