There is no end goal in fitness. There are only different phases that we all go through. We aren’t traveling linearly from points A to Z. No one phase is more important than the other. We move through a continuum , and each phase contributes and overlaps with the next. We often even revisit a phase at some point in our lives.
Sometimes we just want to own our bodies. We have an inner desire to move better and breathe better. Then there are times where we want to build up our bodies with weights. And occasionally we find that there is a specific sport or activity that we identify with. Conditioning for weight loss may lead to marathons which can introduce you to cross-training. Cross-training can lead to Crossfit which may take you to weightlifting. And then at some point you find yourself back to conditioning and core strengthening.
When you enter our gym the first question we will have for you is “what phase are you in?” And if you don’t know, don’t worry; we will help you to find it. A coach will be waiting for you and ready to take you through our in-house assessment. The beginning of your free week of training will be devoted to finding the right phase for you.
With that said, 3 Phase Fitness is who we've become. We're no longer one style of training. Lehigh Valley Barbell doesn't really describe who we are anymore. We'll follow up with more detail, but the take home message is that there are three main phases to our Phase Method: movement mastery, strength acquisition, and skill development. We also have two competitive club teams that are affiliated with our gym: LVB Weightlifting, and LVB Powerlifting.
In our next post we will go into more detail about how you can join our gym or our club teams. Spoiler alert, we have four different memberships starting at $80: basic, general, semi-private, and club team.
John Giacalone is owner and head coach of LVB. He is also co-owner of Mobility-Doc where he routinely rehabilitates injured athletes.