It's a class not a workout
From The Archives - I’m going back through the old blog and reposting some of the best articles.
One thing you might notice when you come to our S&C classes is that they truly are a class and not just a workout. We cover a lot of different movements, and we work with you to make sure that you understand the movement standards, the correct way to approach the workout as a whole, and the reason for the workout in the larger context of our programming. It would probably be better for business to just sell you the fish, but we really want to teach you how to fish. In a lot of gyms or group classes, you show up, they quickly explain what you're supposed to do, and then it's 3-2-1 and you're off and running. That can be fun, but it's hard to make progress when you don't understand the context and methods of your training. Think of training at Barbell Strategy like studying for a degree. It's a long and sometimes difficult process, but it should also be enlightening and fulfilling.
Update: since I originally wrote that post, I’ve clarified my thinking a bit more. I like the StrongFirst naming scheme of “practice session” instead of “class” even better. The reason you come to the gym is to practice getting stronger and better. It’s not about getting a “workout” and getting sweaty and tired. There’s no health benefit in that! Think of class time as practice and you’ll get so much more out of it in the long term.