Master the Art of Thriving
Generally, most people come to the gym for 3 things; To look better, feel better, and/or to perform better. The class curriculum (aka ‘programming’) is one of the primary tools for delivering these results in safest, fastest, and most sustainable way possible.
Thrivestry (pronounced “thrive”-“stry”) is the combination of the words ‘thrive’ and ‘mastery’, and was created as a concept to represent mastering the art of thriving at life. We believe that we can do more at the gym than just an hour of sweaty ‘exer-tainment’, and that the pursuit of movement mastery helps us master other aspects of ourselves and our lives.
The use of the word 'mastery' is deliberate. We do not consider Thrivestry a 'Strength Biased' Program or a 'Metcon Biased' program.
It is a 'Mastery Biased' program!
I am Jeremy Jones, the lead Programming Architect for Thrivestry. I originally started out as an Engineer and amateur mixed martial arts fighter / instructor. In 2004 I started doing CrossFit to prepare for my fights and occasionally driving to the original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz to be trained by Greg Glassman and workout with people other than myself. In 2005 I co-founded one of the oldest and most successful affiliates: Diablo CrossFit.
I have been programming workouts uninterrupted, 7 days a week, since 2006 and I have clients that have been doing my workouts for over 10 years. After programming for hundreds of athletes per day at Diablo (over a thousand total members at the time), I started programming for multiple locations, and then began helping other gyms with their programming remotely.
The competitive athletes I coached at my original gym have had more than 88 unique appearances at the Regional and the Games, with a number of podium finishes at the Games... But I am most proud of the thousands of 'regular folks' I have helped live better lives through awesome programming and amazing class experiences. In 2015 I sold my half of Diablo to my partner Craig Howard, kept one of our locations: Benicia Movement, and took a break from full time competitive coaching so I could focus more on my 'Why': To help teach people how to thrive.
More than 13 years later I do programming full time, I am still an affiliate owner, I still coach some classes each week, and I still get excited when someone gets their first strict push-up, can finally squat without pain, or whenever they get to do something they never though possible.
It all starts with planned progressions, scheduled throughout the year to match up with calendar days and events. On the surface, the movements and the patterns are ‘seemingly’ random. This aspect of constantly changing movements helps keep things interesting while driving adaptation. This structure is the framework that guarantees progress over the long haul. Without deliberate planning, progress is slower, risk to injury is higher, and many people will stagnate after the 3-5 year mark.
With the foundation set, we layer on additional pieces that will help people with their goals and keep it ‘interesting’. Conditioning for body composition and performance. Mobility for health and to ‘feel better’. Context to provide direction on internal growth and personal development. Etc. The key is that these pieces all work together to produce sustainable progress toward becoming a happier and more complete human.
We believe in the ‘family style’ version of class programming. Forcing people into a program with limited options for scaling or limited approaches to skill development is like people going to a cafeteria. Their tray will be filled up with whatever is being dished out no matter what their preferences are. Some things will get ‘eaten’ heartily, a lot will get wasted, and satisfaction will be low. Programming that is served in courses ‘family style’ will allow everyone to eat at the same table. Everyone gets to share the same meal and same company, but they get to pick and choose how much of each dish they want to indulge in according to their own goals and desires.
Every minute at the gym is gold. The format for the programming should be as efficient as possible so that no time is wasted. By setting up movements that can overlap without affecting one another, we can effectively double the usefulness of certain parts of the class. By combining coaching and skill work, we can improve strength, speed, stamina, as well as movement quality and safety. By giving guidance on how long things should take and tips for coaching, we can make sure that people aren’t standing around 15-20% of their gym time waiting for others to finish. By having optional ‘extra credit’, we can make sure people can get more out of their visits to the gym.
Very few people can stick with monotonous curriculums that don’t include elements of variety and community. While the programming packs as much movement practice as possible into the classes, it is set up for people and coaches to interact, have discussions, play games, etc. There is enough flexibility for coaches to put their own personalities into their classes, and there is enough for people to use whatever approach they like that day. Whether that approach is ‘just for fun’, ‘I want to go hard’, or even ‘I am glad I just showed up’. One of the keys to sustaining the training long term is to be able to show up no matter what your state of mind is that day/week/year, and not just when you are feeling good.
Take out the constant stress of worrying about when it needs to get done.
“My attendance has gone up every month since we switched to Thrivestry. Even had the best month of attendance in the last 18 months (December, even with the holidays!!)”
Coach, Stone Age CrossFit, Evergreen Park, IL
“Switching to Thrivestry saved tons of time, headaches, and personal conflict!”
Coach, Forge Valley Fitness, Vernon, BC
“I love having turned this over to JJ. Best decision I have made in some time. The breakdown is so strong to cover a great deal of your concerns”
Owner & Head Coach, CrossFit Kungsbacka, Kungsbacka, Sweden
“We switched our programming over to Thrivestry and it’s been incredible. The clients are obsessed with it, the feedback is amazing and nobody is buying weird programming on the side and trying to come in and do it alone in the corner anymore. Thank you Jeremy for your hard work and solid product.”
Owner & Coach, CrossFit Cornerstone, West Chester, OH
“Since last year's Open I've only done your gym programming and in the last couple of months I've even cut back from a consistent 5-6 workouts per week to 4-5 workouts per week. Being 31 years old and having been in this strength training game for literally half of my life, I couldn't be more thrilled to PR with your programming! So kudos to what you're doing.”
Owner & Coach, CrossFit Sanctify, Madison, WI
“Hey Jeremy, I wanted to say thank you for the incredible job with the programming and all of the content you include with it. Our coaches love it, our members love it, and I love it. So, please keep up the stellar work. Best, Chad”
Owner, Fittestry, Long Beach, CA
“Dude, I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your programming. The blending of cycles to prep to the next one, and the auxilliary work to prevent injury and set up for the next cycle. So glad we are doing this. I have an L3 and 6 years of experience. I have always loved by the notion of learning is how you improve and have tons of weekend certs with the expert in that field, but you are taking our programming to the next level. I can see it just by watching the videos and reading your responses to questions on the forum.”
Owner & Head Trainer, CrossFit Bridge City, Bridge City, TX
“Outsourcing programming to JJ has been the best decision I've made in my business. I have more time to train, making more money and in general I'm seeing better results with my athletes. Since we started with the programming I've heard so much positive feedback from our members, it’s absurd. They enjoy the programming like crazy and find it fun and challenging at the same time.”
CrossFit Journal Article June 01, 2016, "PROGRAMMING: IN-HOUSE OR OUTSOURCE?"
“In my 2nd month of Thrivestry, it already meshed well with our previous programming without drama or change. Folks LOVE the workouts... and it saves me that stress and time. All good.”
Owner & Head Coach, Harbor City CrossFit, Melbourne, FL
“Thrivestry has proven to be one of the best decisions I've made as an owner. Our members have complimented the programming many times over! Our competitors liked it a lot as well because it is working great for them. I also love that it keeps the community bonded including our competitors with our regular classes. The videos and tips have been super!”
Owner & Head Coach
“The Thrivestry programming and the guidance that you provide through your programming have allowed the CrossFit Equator community and myself to have fun again. Freeing time from programming allowed me to WOD, spend time with family and still grow the box!”
Owner, CrossFit Equator, Jakarta, Indonesia
We love helping coaches become AWESOME! Click on any of the coaching tools below to download and use it in your next class. Gym owners around the world rave about how useful these tools are in helping clients have fun, engaged, get sweaty and continue moving while injured!
Download a PDF that you can print out for your gym. It has 60 different 'Cashouts' categorized by 5 different elements that make up the core of each micro workout.
We've created an organized and categorized list of over 300 circle questions or 'ice breakers' to help give you ideas of what type of questions you can be asking during your classes to help people get to know each other and to help build stronger communities. Download it free here!
Now your clients can continue to move safely during recovery from an injury. This list provides a complete scaling and substitutions for all movements programmed in Thrivestry.