"We believe a well-rounded CrossFitter is someone that is physically as well as mentally prepared, but also makes emergency preparedness a priority in their life."
What do CrossFit and Emergency Preparedness have in common? A lot, actually.
GPP, or General Physical Preparedness, is a term used in CrossFit circles to describe the baseline physical fitness level a person should be in in order to meet challenges encountered on any given day - that includes being able to safely evacuate in case of a fire. If you live in San Diego you know that residents have been required to evacuate their homes in the last 24-48 hours. Being required to evacuate your home is not only presents physical challenges, but also emotional ones.
I recall the Cedar fire in 2003 (burned over 800 acres and destroyed over 2000 homes). The home I lived in only one month earlier burned down and I can't help but think that had I not been living minimally I would have still had material things in the home that would have been destroyed. Moving out or getting out quickly was a skill (not just way of life) I'd adopted as a result of my previous career and the fact that we moved around a lot when I was growing up. I'm telling you this because something you will hear us talking about here at CrossFit Next Wave is GPP. We know that our programming will get you into the physical condition to handle challenges more effectively, but we also prepare your mind for worst-case-scenario situations.
We believe a well-rounded CrossFitter is someone that is physically as well as mentally prepared, but also makes emergency preparedness a priority in their life.
I am not suggesting that you live like a hermit nor am I trying to convey that having fewer things is somehow superior, but choosing to live minimally has many advantages during emergency situations. One example that comes to mind is the ability to find things quickly when all hell breaks lose. To safeguard yourself in times of crisis make sure you have a bug-out kit (a bag that contains your emergency survival items, and/or items you can't live without). If you have children it's imperative you have one that also contains items for nutrition. Keep a kit in the car and one inside your home (since you may not be at home when there is an emergency). Your kit should have at least 72 hours worth of nutrition (that includes clean water), kindling materials and flashlight with extra batteries, extra cash, and all purpose tool or knife at a minimum. The list will vary depending on the objective. Speaking of objectives... always have a primary and secondary rendezvous point , in case one is near the distressed area, for your family or friends to meet.
If you are interested in learning more, please schedule your free week with CrossFit Next Wave and let one of our coaches know you would like more information about surviving the future zombie apocalypse! Lol, that's a joke, of course, but feel free to let us know you would like to be prepared for emergencies and we will put a plan together with you.
See you soon, and always be prepared!
- Coach Toma