Citius. Altius. Fortius. | Faster. Higher. Stronger.
Citius: We Push Ourselves
to Go Faster.
Because if a bear is chasing us, being faster than the slowest person just isn’t enough.
Altius: We Push Ourselves
to Go Higher.
From scaling walls, to tornado kicks, higher is always better.
Fortius: We Push Ourselves
to Get Stronger.
It’s not just all looks, we want our muscles to do real work.
- Level 1 Certified CrossFit Trainer
The Latham CrossFit Story
My name is Lucas Geller. I am the owner of Latham CrossFit in Latham, NY. As a former USA Kungfu Team member 15 years in the martial arts, conditioning has always been a central aspect of my practice. To be well rounded my regimen has always included a variety of sprinting/plyometrics, compound strength training exercises (deadlift, squat, bench press etc.), body weight strength training (parallel bar/uneven bar, rope climbing, etc.) and explosive power/hang versions of Olympic lifts. It was hard to explain my training regimen to those unfamiliar with professional martial arts strength programs, which is to say until I found CrossFit.
After earning my MA in Chinese from The Ohio State University and returned to the States I decided to take a break from Kungu and began Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). During this time I trained at two gyms DC area which both offered Crossfit (Capital Jiujitsu and Lloyd Irvin’s NOVA MMA). Having spent 4 years training with professional martial artists in China, I thought I’d seen the best in strength training. However, I discovered CrossFit was even BETTER!
Chinese martial artists are professional martial artists. The Chinese only do very basic exercises (deadlift, squat, pull up, bench press, sprints and plyo’s). However, they begin their training at a very young age, train daily and at a high intensity. This is a powerful combination. However, there is very little variation, and limited ways of measuring progress. CrossFit’s emphasis on both constant variation and not only increasing weighted loads, but also decreasing rest time and timing both rounds and complete workouts – and comparing them to previous results, ensures greater progress. The seemingly ‘chaotic’ approach is actually a much more systematic methodology.
Last year I decided to follow my passion and open my own martial arts school, The Chinese Martial Arts Academy. In teaching martial arts, I realize that one of the limiting factors in performing techniques correctly and a frequent cause of injury, is simply a lack of physical conditioning. Executing explosive jump kicks, and double leg takedowns requires not only correct technique, but also prerequisite endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility as well!
For the sake of my students, and the health of the general public in the local community, I want to show them the alternative to running on a treadmill and doing curls in a squat rack. I need to offer the highest quality conditioning component available. This is why we do CrossFit.
I initially chose CrossFit because I believe strongly in the science which supports the training protocol and because I know from personal experience that it works. I have chosen CrossFit because I believe the online community and resources surrounding CrossFit are invaluable to those in search of fitness and happiness. With CrossFit as a central component to the course offerings at The Chinese Martial Arts Academy, I am confident that CMAA is on our way to giving back to our community, by providing a positive and healthy environment for people of all ages to pursue their interest in fitness and well being.