If there is one question that many of our members as well as coaches get asked more than any other question, it's this: What goes on at Ku Performance? Is Ku Performance like CrossFit?
We decided it was time to set the record straight and have our Founder and Director of Performance, Daniel Aipa, give his answer to this often asked question along with other mana'o (insights) around questions about the Ku Performance Method.
Q: So is Ku Performance like CrossFit?
A: No, CrossFit is a sport. But we do implement basic functional movements like CrossFit.
Q: Okay, so how is it different from CrossFit?
A: We utilize methodologies of various training systems and work with each individual to help them find what works best for them. Coming from a strength and conditioning background at the college level, we look at each individual as their own specific sport, assess, and plan accordingly.
Q: Does that mean everyone is doing their own personalized workout or is it a group fitness class?
A: It all depends. In group fitness classes, everyone is doing the same workout that is scaled accordingly. We are known for training in semi-private sessions with up to 2-5 people per session. During the session we are able to individualize the workout depending on the person's fitness and strength level, goals, as well as variable factors going on outside of their training.
Q: Variable factors? What do you mean?
A: Unless they are professional and competitive athletes, training is a small piece of a person's life. And we are aware of that. The variable factors consists of nutrition, hydration, sleep, stress levels from the multitude of stressors in life, career, injury and health history, exercise experience, extracurricular physical activities, and much more. An individual's training is highly effected from the outside variables.
Say a person trains 3 times a week for one hour. That's three hours out of 168 hours in the week. That leaves 165 hours of variables outside of the training session to negate or have an adverse effect on those 3 hours of training. We make sure our members and coaches are aware of this concept we call - the Circle of Influence.
Q: It looks like you do more resistance training, is there a cardio component?
A: Again, it's dependent on the individual's goal but we do have a heavier emphasis on anaerobic conditioning compared to cardio like low intensity steady state. We train in a fast pace environment to make sure we get through the main session of work within 45-60 minutes because we have found that to give the best results. We do have a conditioning component in our training but nothing that I'd considered to be in the typical "cardio" category.
Q: What are your thoughts on cardio? Since you don't implement much cardio in the training?
A: We've been told that our training feels like cardio sometimes because of the fast pace and low rest intervals during the training sessions during certain cycles. I'm assuming the cardio you are talking about is the long duration of activity between 20-30 minutes. If so, I'd rather have people get outside and go for a hike in the mountains, take a walk on the beach, or anything active outside of the gym. We live in Hawaii! Get outside. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you.
Q: You do a lot of different exercises that look unconventional, is it better than just doing the basic fundamental movements?
A: No, but everything has it's place. I don't think what we do is unconventional nor do we try to be unconventional. But it is an area we find ourselves placed in because people don't really understand what we do. We are neither here or there, so we must be way out there.
Q: Okay, you say people don't really understand what you do. So, what do you do?
A: We take time to learn about our members, who we call 'Alapa (athlete in Hawaiian), and build a relationship with them so they know we are a team working together in order to achieve what they want. We create a plan and environment according to their interests, training age, goals, personality, and other variables as mentioned before. Lastly, we adapt along the way as we continue to learn more about the individual, see their potential, and continue guiding them along their journey.
Q: Is there a specific system you follow?
A: No. Even though it's been called the Ku Method or Ku Performance System, there is no specific system. Bruce Lee being a big influence on my approach in all of this, made me realize that systems do indeed create division amongst people and that's not what we are about. We are not saying that our so-called system is the best or better than another system. We do what we do. There are specific principles that we follow but our overall take on training is that physical vigor and performance is a modality of self expression and we are here to guide you through that journey of expressing yourself - or what we term as, be Ku.
Q: Interesting. So what can people expect from Ku Performance at Hui Alapa Ku?
A: For physical training, you can expect to learn various movements using different implements and modalities of exercise. As for your mind, you can expect to experience introspection and gain more self awareness of your body and personal language. Lastly, our goal is to create an ever evolving environment that provides a personal experience for each member.
Our mission is to instill confidence into people's lives. It's to strengthen individually in order to strength the whole.
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