What is CrossFit?
At it’s most simple definition, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program. It is whole-body fitness regimen that is built on “constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity.” Let’s take a look at those three aspects.
This means that we are always mixing things up. Mixing up the type of exercise (mode) and the duration (time).
CrossFit has pulled together the best practices of a broad range of sports to create an overall fitness that does not specialize in any one thing, but does not lack in anything either.
We lift weights. We do body weight movements. We run, jump rope, row.
The Workout of the Day (WOD) is some combination of one or all three of those elements.
Functional movement is simply movement the way your body is designed to do it. These are multi-joint exercises that require and train core strength.
Functional movement patterns are universal and should be practiced the same way by Olympic athletes, kids and the retired cat lady down the street. The only things that changes are the weights and intensity. As said by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman, “The needs of our Olympic athletes and grandparents differ by degree, not kind.”
Intensity simply means doing an exercise with a heavier weight, for a longer distance or in a shorter period of time. Intensity is different for everyone. It is relative to the individual.
Intensity is layered on functional movement. In other words, we look for mechanics, consistency and then intensity. Piling intensity on bad mechanics is a recipe for injury, which is why we have coaches: qualified people who know what proper movement looks and feels like. It’s why we watch you, teach you, cajole you into getting better and better. And we teach you how to scale.
In order to join our CrossFit classes, you must first go through our Foundations program, where we teach you the basics.