What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning fitness program that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Optimal fitness is living a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life.
CrossFit has been known to cause:
- mental toughness
- lasting bonds and relationships with like-minded people
CrossFit generally trains in small groups with the support of experienced coaches providing semi-personal training at every workout sessions. The workouts are different every day and are carefully designed with the intent of continuously improving all facets of your physical fitness, including:
- cardio/respiratory endurance
Focusing on any one facet of fitness as a specialty may be optimal for certain sports, but it is not fitness by our definition; e.g. the elite powerlifter can move extraordinary loads, but can barely run; the elite triathlete can move her bodyweight over great distances , etc. We aim not to be the best at any one thing, we aim to be better at everything. To be generally, physically prepared for the unknown and the unknowable.
All CrossFit gyms are independently owned and operated, usually by individuals or small partnerships. Each has its own unique culture and spin on how to implement the CrossFit methodology, but for the most part we all believe in three definitive characteristics that are central to CrossFit:
- Constantly varied—A constant variety of movements, combinations of movements, duration of work, frequency, etc. are used. “Varied” does NOT mean random. All of our training is carefully planned with the aim of optimizing your fitness.
- High-intensity—Doing more work in less time. What is work? Work in physical terms is moving a load over a given distance. The Level of Intensity is increased by increasing the load or the distance, or by decreasing the time it takes to move the load over a given distance. This can be applied to all movements including moving the load of your own body weight; e.g. standing up from a chair is “work”; standing up from a chair while holding a baby is more work and more “intensity” because the load increased while the distance and time stayed the same. Perceived intensity is relative to the ability of the individual – we will help you find the level of intensity that is appropriate for you.
- Functional movements—These are fundamental, innate, natural movement patterns; e.g. walking, running, sitting down, standing up, squatting, jumping, pulling, pushing, throwing, climbing, picking things up off the ground, carrying things, etc.). Functional movements are by definition the most efficient way to move your body or an external load to perform work. These movements are the basis of all of our training.
So…. why should I CrossFit?
- To live a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life.
- To be better at most things; to specialize in not specializing.
- To look and feel amazing.