What is CrossFit?

What is Crossfit?

CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable.  CrossFit programming aims to improve your capacity in ten recognized fitness domains: cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. The result is comprehensive physical fitness and restored vitality.

To learn more about the science and success of CrossFit, download the free issue of the “CrossFit Journal.”

Crossfit Defined

CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.

Constantly Varied

Variety is the spice of life and of fitness. The more variety and creativity that you place into your workouts, the more your body will develop and grow stronger. Variety in exercises, sets, reps, weight, rounds, etc. is the key to developing every component of physical fitness.

High Intensity

Where all the good stuff is – intensity is all about hard and fast powerful movements. Intensity depends on your level of fitness; we scale all workouts to your level of athletic prowess. We guarantee, Intensity is where the results are!

Functional Movement

Universal motor patterns that mimic human movement in every day life. Functional movements are squats, deadlifts, pushes, pulls, lunging and rotation. Multi-joint movements that are safe have proven to develop very powerful and useful core strength which provide tremendous neuro-endocrine response, and are the best cardio and best rehab training one can find. Functional movements move from core to extremity and can tolerate high loads and move them long distances in a short amount of time. From elite athletes looking to improve their performance in a particular sport to a grandmother seeking to gain strength to pick up her grandkids from the floor to over her head, functional training is the answer to improving the overall health and well being of everyone, no matter what level of fitness.

The CrossFit prescription is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” No aspect of functional movements is more important than the capacity to move large loads over long distances, and to do so quickly.

Evidence-Based Fitness

The methodology that drives CrossFit is entirely empirical. We believe that meaningful statements about safety, efficacy, and efficiency, the three most important and interdependent facets of any fitness program, can be supported only by measurable, observable, repeatable facts; i.e., data. We call this approach “evidence-based fitness.” The CrossFit methodology depends on full disclosure of methods, results, and criticisms, and we’ve employed the Internet (and various intranets) to support these values. Our charter is open source, making co-developers out of participating coaches, athletes, and trainers through a spontaneous and collaborative online community. CrossFit is empirically driven, clinically tested, and community developed.

In implementation, CrossFit is, quite simply, a sport—the “sport of fitness.” We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition, and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.

CrossFit increases work capacity across broad time and modal domains. This is a discovery of great import and has come to motivate our programming and refocus our efforts. This far-reaching increase in work capacity supports our initially stated aims of building a broad, general, and inclusive fitness program.

The modest start of publicly posting our daily workouts on the Internet beginning six years ago has evolved into a community where human performance is measured and publicly recorded against multiple, diverse, and fixed workloads.

Crossfit Education

CrossFit is not easy and it’s not simple. To be fit and physically competent to handle all of the challenges in life is no small endeavor. As you work to become a fitter and healthier person, you will need to learn about:

  • Movement – How to move safely and effectively.
  • Fitness – What it means to be fit. Its definition, the supporting theories, and how to go about attaining it in real life.
  • Nutrition – Eat meat & vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat.

Education is a big part of CrossFit. When you start, you are not expected to have the knowledge you need.

CrossFit is an education about movement, fitness, nutrition and community. All of these things require responsibility, common sense, and work to educate oneself using all the tools available in the community.

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