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What Is School of Mastery?


We have found that the more fit we are, the more we are able to do the things that bring us joy. Everything else in our lives becomes more fun. But we also believe that the promotion of physical fitness only is not enough – this is not a full scope of health. The development of our mental and emotional health as well is just as important. Leaving one of these three out, we believe, can't create the healthy, thoughtful, fun, and high-quality life that we want and deserve. We are interested in a sustainable high-quality of life that is balanced and most importantly, fun!

We consider CrossFit Los Angeles a School of Mastery. The benefits of participation in our program spill into all other areas of life. We put words like integrity, determination, responsibility, service, commitment, and fun into regular practice helping you develop habits that lead to mastery in other aspects of your life.

AT CFLA's School of Mastery is when that balances and blends physical, mental and emotional fitness.... A whole person approach...

So lets take a look a brief examination of what it is we are up to. First this is a mind body program. We’ve shifted the absolute focus from physical (specific stimuli applied to yield adaptation) to a shared focus - one that specifically includes how you mentally and emotionally prepare for and execute your workouts.

At a School of Elite Fitness the priority is simple: Quantifiably improve a students physical work capacity using a competition based model (white board, scores, times, weights, etc). Undoubtedly, this revolutionary result driven concept has forever changed fitness and yielded millions of positive adaptations.

We love results. We love when students, athletes and clients earn improved work capacity by competing against themselves and others. Moreover, results are our business - without them I wouldn’t be successful as a coach. Clearly, any fitness program that yields positive physical results is well worth it.And a program that intentionally yields positive mental and emotional adaptations is worth even more. In the School of Mastery establishing a productive mental and emotional relationship to how you train your body is what we do. What if you took a moment prior to the workout to evaluate the context that we teach into as a place to fully develop and round yourself? So yeah, there’s a lot of CrossFit gyms focusing on the Workout of the Day... But we take it further....

Here at CFLA we are a program that balances results and process through the lens of context. In other words we predetermine mentally and emotionally how we approach the physical work. (See KK Training Template). Our commitment to your results (improved work capacity) is measured and meticulously planned in 3 month cycles. Our commitment to the process is in the context we teach class.

CFLA Methodology by Kenny Kane


January, 2013 - The training methodology at CFLA has been meticulously and brilliantly crafted by one of the best coaches around, head coach Kenny Kane. Here are details on how we train here. This methodology is the first of its kind in the CrossFit world.

Physical results and horsepower are one thing. Who we are while earning them is another...

Part 1: What we do.
We no longer train just the physical - we train the mental as well. Each day has a designed mindset for your physical training. Here, we foster the Mind-Body connection by using an athletes protocol: Consistently practice, hone, and learn exceptional movement; develop breath and mind control; put the pieces together and compete periodically. (Oh, and have fun and learn a lot about yourself in the process of getting really fit.)

Part II: How we do it.
Each day we distinguish the intent and therefore the experience of the workout.

Practice Days (P): P Days (60% of training cycle) are just like "practice" for a sport. You show up to hone your movement skills with a spirit of playfulness, intentional virtuosity, and a willingness to learn alongside your teammates.

Mental Toughness Days (MT): MT Days (10% of training cycle) are designed to help the athlete develop breath and mind control. The objective is to actively engage the mind to positively control breath and thought patterns. Effectively, these workouts become a form of active meditation.

Competition Days (C): C days (30% of training cycle) also considered "Game Day." Put the pieces together and be the best you can possibly be. 100% intensity, competing against self and others.

The overall context of our training here boils down to three things: FUN, INTEGRITY, SERVICE.

1. Are you having fun?
2. Is there integrity in everything you do?
3. Are you in service of something bigger than yourself?

The contemplation of this couple with the training methodology can only deepen your experience not just in the gym, but in every aspect of your life.

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CFLA makes Greatist.com’s 27 Most Innovated Gyms in America at #19. “...what makes CrossFit LA stand out from most gyms (CrossFit or not) is its programming. Developed by head coach Kenny Kane, the Mastery Training Template doesn’t just make you stronger and faster.  It goes one step further by emphasizing mental toughness, mindfulness and intention, skill mastery, CrossFitLA Imageconsistent growth, playfulness, and having fun along the way.”

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