What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program like no other. Our workouts consist of constantly varied functional movements performed in high intensity. These movements are a mix between Olympics weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning (cardio).
In gyms and health clubs throughout the world the typical workout consists of isolation movements and extended aerobic sessions. Well, at CrossFit we work exclusively with compound movements and shorter high intensity sessions. We’ve replaced the lateral raise with push press, the curl with pull-ups, and the leg extension with squats. For every long distance effort our athletes will do five or six at short distance. Why? Because compound or functional movements and high intensity or anaerobic cardio is radically more effective at eliciting nearly any desired fitness result. Startlingly, this is not a matter of opinion but solid irrefutable scientific fact. Our approach is consistent with what is practiced in elite training programs associated with major university athletic teams and professional sports.
Furthermore, CrossFit has now been termed 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.
Is it for me?
Many professional and elite athletes are participating in the CrossFit Program. Prize-fighters, cyclists, surfers, skiers, tennis players, triathletes and others competing at the highest levels are using the CrossFit approach to advance their core strength and conditioning, but that’s not all. CrossFit has tested its methods on the sedentary, overweight, pathological, and elderly and found that these special populations met the same success as our stable of athletes. We call this “bracketing”. So if our program works for Olympic Skiers and overweight, sedentary homemakers then it will work for you.
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.