What is Crossfit?

So what is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a principal strength and conditioning program with the goal to improve your general physical fitness or preparedness. It is also the strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. More importantly CrossFit is for everyone – from those merely interested in general fitness to well-trained athletes looking to supplement their training for their chosen sport. CrossFit truly prepares you for any situation in your daily life.

CrossFit delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive and does so using a blend of gymnastics, weightlifting, powerlifting and mono-structural endurance such as running or rowing. Our specialty is not specializing. We teach you to do common things uncommonly well, while developing a base of strength and stamina on which you can build an active lifestyle. Our methodology thrives on the effort, commitment, and cooperation of a community that shares its successes.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of age, fitness level or experience. CrossFit uses the same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease to professional sportsman. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our sportsmen, weekend warriors, housewives and the elderly have found their best fitness from the same regimen.

Workouts in CrossFit are typically short, 20 minutes or less and follow the mantra of ‘constantly varied, functional movements done at high intensity’. The previously mentioned movements are combined in numerous combinations to form “Workouts of the Day” or “WODs” and encompass the 10 physical principles that CrossFit prescribes to. By tracking each workout, you will literally be able to measure the improvement in your fitness.

Ten Physical Principles

  • Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  • Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  • Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
  • Flexibility – The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  • Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  • Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  • Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
  • Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
  • Balance – The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
  • Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc