What Is CrossFit?

CrossFit is an intense exercise program featuring dynamic exercises like plyometrics, Olympic lifts, gymnastics as well as incorporating non-traditional weightlifting equipment such as kettlbells, sand-bags, suspension systems or climbing ropes.  The program is structured so participants are challenged to do a certain number of repetitions in a workout in a specific time frame; advanced CrossFit members can compete against others for time or score on daily workouts.

The CrossFit prescription is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” No aspect of functional movements is more important than their capacity to move large loads over long distances, and to do so quickly. The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.

CrossFit is Functional

Functional movements in the gym are those that replicate movement in real life or sport. For example, nearly every day in life, you bend over and pick something up.  We ‘practice’ that with a movement like the deadlift.

CrossFit is Variety

In CrossFit’s definition of fitness, being functionally capable across a broad array of fitness related skills is of primary importance.

These skills include strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, speed, power, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy.  If you want to be good in ALL of these areas, variety is a must. To get this variety, we use movements and training techniques and skills from the sports of weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning.  We also sprinkle in the use of kettle bells, plyometrics, medicine balls, calisthenics, and sprinting.  CrossFit specializes in NOT-specializing.  Any athlete from any sport can use CrossFit as a training method, and return to their sport better, faster, stronger, more capable.

CrossFit is Intensity

How much work can you do in a given period of time? The more you can do, the fitter you are, and the higher the intensity of your training. CrossFit will challenge you to train in a zone of extremes. To force your body to work harder that you ever thought it could. It’s neither easy nor simple, and is something that takes desire, commitment, and practice.