What Is Crossfit?
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. This approach combines the most effective training principles from a variety of sports, including gymnastics, Olympic weight lifting, and running, to best prepare people for any physical task. CrossFit defines fitness as increased work capacity across ten recognized fitness domains, including: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. This broad, inclusive approach has made CrossFit the primary fitness program for a growing number of professional athletes, police, fire fighters, and military personnel whose competitive success or even survival may depend on their ability to perform a wide variety of unpredictable tasks. And because the needs of Olympic athletes and every other person (like you, me, children, grandparents) differ only by degree, not kind, all CrossFit workouts are designed for universal scalability. In other words, CrossFit is appropriate for anybody willing to learn something new and work hard.
Still wondering what all of this means? Look at our workouts on the main page to get an idea of what CrossFit is like on a day-to-day basis. Then read this 2002 article from the CrossFit Journal for a more in-depth explanation: http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ-trial.pdf
Most people have at tried working out at a “traditional” gym before coming to CrossFit. For many, something was missing. While there are countless differences between a CrossFit gym and the typical “Globo” gym, some of the greatest differences are highlighted in this list from CrossFit Montcon:
THEY have CNN or Kelly Clarkson playing in the background.
WE have other members cheering you on to finish your last rep.
THEY have cardio machines that tell you you’re going too fast.
WE have trainers that are telling you you’re not going fast enough.
THEY have mirrors.
WE have trainers that tell you how to correct your form.
THEY have biceps curls and cable crossover machines.
WE have squats and deadlifts that you’ll actually be able to transfer into real life.
THEY sell you a membership and hope you only come for one month.
WE want you to come as often as possible to help change your life.
THEY have a 20 minute workout in 2 hours.
WE have a 2 hour workout in 20 minutes.
THEY have a machine at the front desk where you swipe your card.
WE have knowledgeable trainers that are ready to give you all the fitness information that you ask for.
THEY train for looks.
WE train for life.