What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics,powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training. CrossFit contends that a healthy, fit person requires proficiency in each of ten general physical skills:cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility,balance, coordination, and accuracy. It defines fitness as increased work capacity across all these domains and says its program achieves this by provoking neurologic and hormonaladaptations across all metabolic pathways.
CrossFit athletes run, row, jump rope, climb rope and carry odd objects. They frequently move large loads quickly over long distances, and use powerlifting and Olympic weightliftingtechniques. CrossFit athletes also use dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and many bodyweight exercises. CrossFit is used by many fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and military organizations.
CrossFit athletes train at gyms affiliated with CrossFit (often referred to as “boxes”). CrossFit workouts are commonly centered around a “Workout of the Day” or “WOD”. Affiliates typically create a new WOD each day. Classes at affiliated gyms typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, and a high-intensity workout that lasts around ten to twenty minutes. Affiliates often use scoring and ranking systems in an effort to transform workouts into sport.
Is CrossFit for Me?
Many people often come in and ask if CrossFit is for them. CrossFit IS for anyone that wants to improve their fitness level and quality of life.
Despite what many people have heard about CrossFit being extremely intense, CrossFit is and can be designed for everyone.
Athletes, Stay at home moms, Brand New Fitness Enthusiasts, Triathletes, Power lifters and body-builders, People who want to get in shape, People who want to improve their health, People who want to feel better, Kids, Grandparents, People wanting to change their workouts
Here is why:
First, CrossFit methodology is completely scalable to the individual. Fitness varies by “degree” not function. What this means is that all of our bodies perform natural unique multi-joint movements, they just all do it to different degrees. So therefore, if you look at a fitness program and in particular CrossFit, let’s say for example you have Member X who is a 23 year old male and Member Y, a 72 year old female. Isn’t it agreeable that BOTH have to live life and move their bodies in the SAME motions, but in different degrees? We all perform squats, deadlifts, overhead motions and the core movements of CrossFit, just in varying degrees throughout our lives. So therefore, CrossFit programming is scalable by degree not by function. This makes EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT Scalable to YOUR FITNESS ABILITY AND LEVEL.
Second, The results are amazing and simple… IT WORKS! Our athletes drop pant sizes, become more flexible, become lean, feel that the movements of LIFE are easier, have more energy, get better sleep, and live a better quality of life incoroporating CrossFit methodology into their lives.
Third the workouts are quick, fun and ALWAYS different. One of the biggest challenges in the “NORMAL” fitness routine is that the programming gets “ROUTINE” while one will look at CrossFit and not really see the pattern, if you study the programming of CrossFit, it is an art form, perfect by Creator and Coach Greg Glassman and passed onto his students through numerous hours of training, study and practice. The Art is in The Programming, the science is in the movements!
CrossFitters are a breed of their own, a community of supportive people, no matter where you are, no matter what level of CrossFitter you are. The goal of CrossFit is to get YOU in the best physical and MENTAL condition you can get to. And that level is different for EACH person.
Are you ready to make a difference in your life and get CrossFit?
For more information check out: Foundations of CrossFit