What is Phalanx CrossFit?



Today, the term “phalanx” is used to describe a group of individuals working closely together to achieve a common purpose.

At Phalanx CrossFit, that purpose is to advance fitness and improve quality of life.

Zack and Tammy
Historically, the term “phalanx” referred to the Greek fighting formation in which soldiers created a defensive perimeter around themselves using their shields.  Each man would hold his shield to protect the soldier beside him, leaving one arm free to wield his sword.  Each soldier in the phalanx was confident that the men around him were supporting him, so that he could concentrate on his own fight.
The Phalanx has been described as “a single impenetrable unit” and a source of strength.

At Phalanx CrossFit, we believe in the strength and support that the phalanx represents.

We also believe:

  • that CrossFit should be accessible to anyone and everyone who is willing to work hard and not quit.
  • that people working out together improve exponentially better than those doing it alone.
  • that the accountability and coaching provided at our CrossFit gym are instrumental to enhancing personal fitness and quality of life.
  • that mechanics, consistency, and intensity are the keys (in order) to successful CrossFit improvement.
  • that we are extremely blessed to be here. 

We derive our beliefs from our own faith and experience, as well as from the CrossFit methodology.  We attempt to follow Coach Greg Glassman’s simple prescription for “World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:"
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
~Greg Glassman

Zack started doing CrossFit in August 2007 and began coaching in June 2008.  As an active duty Army service member, he has had the opportunity to train athletes at all levels (from couch potato to Special Operations soldier) in locations all over the world.  He is known around the gym for his knowledge, patience, and kindness.

Zack met Tammy in the summer of 2010, after she had been doing CrossFit for six months.  He began training her as an athlete and a coach, and they formed a partnership that became Phalanx CrossFit in early 2011, after they both received their CrossFit Level I certifications.  Since then, Tammy has competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in 2011 and 2012.  She also teaches English at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, is writing for her Ph.D. and is in the Army Reserve.

Creating Phalanx CrossFit was a labor of love for Zack, Tammy, and their families.  The concept originated during a family dinner discussion, and the theme, logo, and training plan followed shortly.  Zack, Tammy, and their families believe in the ideals that the phalanx embodies.

Zack and Tammy have a passion for programming, coaching, and training, and their goal at Phalanx CrossFit is to foster a positive training environment with unparalleled coaching where everyone is: comfortable being uncomfortable; willing to try new things and fail and try again; eager to improve and encourage others as they improve; in love with the challenge and excited about pushing themselves.