Coach Dave Picardy’s Beginnings
Back in early 2005 I had shut down my office furniture business to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Let’s just get it out there. I had no idea what I was doing. The only thing I did know is I needed a big change in my life. I started out working at Boston Sports Club and fitness together as a personal trainer. I also opened a training studio in Salem above Shodokan, a martial arts school. I was primarily a personal trainer, expanded to running small group functional training classes and cardio kickboxing classes. My background prior to this was my furniture business, high school sports, the Army, and a lifelong study of martial arts. A training partner of mine in 2004 would tell me to check out CrossFit.com every week for 6 months. I finally did. What came after that was unexpected.
After following CrossFit.com for most of 2005, I sought out Neal Thompson with CrossFit Boston who took me under his wing. He was one of the original affiliates and a true expert in the strength and conditioning field. I am proud to call him my first and most influential coach. The Spring of 2006 brought my first trip out to CrossFit Santa Cruz to learn from Greg Glassman. NSCF became the 2nd CrossFit affiliate in New England and the 54th CrossFit affiliate in the world.
Keeping Our Eyes On the Prize
The next 2 years were a blur of certifications and study under some great coaches and friends around the country in my pursuit of excellence. Having expert knowledge and the ability to teach gymnastics, weightlifting, kettle bells, rowing, sprinting, throwing, climbing and injury prevention had been the cornerstone of my successl in this career. It is what separates our professional gym from a hobby gym. I have had a mission from Day 1 to provide world class coaching and create a school of fitness. I wanted to bring my experience and philosophy from martial arts, training under a variety of great coaches and the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to the general public. Through trial and a whole lot of error, we have been fine tuning our system over the past 11 years.
A Pivotal Partnership
In 2011 we finally got our system figured out. We officially joined the MadLab Business Group and learned how to professionally train coaches to deliver our vision. The transition was hard but now our coaches can now actually become experts in the field, earn a professional wage, and have a legit career in the industry. This part was our #1 missing link to long term success. We have been taught that there needs to be a synergy between an owner, coach and client. If their is not mutual energy transfer between the three there will always be problems and a lack of results for one of them. The other game changer for us was going back to having our own brand. TreeHouse School of Fitness has allowed us to take back control of who we are and the quality of our product.
TreeHouse School of Fitness is the vision of Dave and Tara Picardy as well as our incredible team of coaches. We have made it our mission to help our friends discover their potential. Come enjoy this unbelievable ride we are on!
These two articles are the cornerstone of what has put us on this journey and what we truly believe in for well rounded fitness and lifelong health. There is no program to follow but a methodology to keep us on track. This methodology is delivered differently at thousands of gyms all over the world. We invite you to come see how we deliver this methodology and what has made us so successful for so many years.
What Is Fitness
Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen “the fittest man on earth.” Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman who also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and coordination?
Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t include strength, speed, power, and coordination though that seems rather odd. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “fitness” and being “fit” as the ability to transmit genes and being healthy. No help there. Searching the Internet for a workable, reasonable definition of fitness yields disappointingly little. Worse yet, the NSCA, the most respected publisher in exercise physiology, in their highly authoritative Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning doesn’t even attempt a definition.
For CrossFit the specter of championing a fitness program without clearly defining what it is that the program delivers combines elements of fraud and farce. The vacuum of guiding authority has therefore necessitated that CrossFit’s directors provide their own definition of fitness. That’s what this issue of CrossFit Journal is about, our “fitness.”
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.
The CrossFit Program was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. Our athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess. CrossFit has proven effective in these arenas.
UNIQUE IN APPROACH
Aside from the breadth or totality of fitness the CrossFit Program seeks, our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies.
Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle, and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways.
We train our athletes in gymnastics from rudimentary to advanced movements garnering great capacity at controlling the body both dynamically and statically while maximizing strength to weight ratio and flexibility. We also place a heavy emphasis on Olympic Weightlifting having seen this sport’s unique ability to develop an athletes’ explosive power, control of external objects, and mastery of critical motor recruitment patterns. And finally we encourage and assist our athletes to explore a variety of sports as a vehicle to express and apply their fitness.