What is CrossFit? Simply put, CrossFit is a method of training that aims to establish a level of fitness that will enable you to conquer whatever life throws at you.
It does not cater to any specific sport, profession, or movement, but rather, aims to prepare trainee’s bodies to handle any physical challenge that may arise. I would bet that in a theoretical apocalyptic situation, 90% of CrossFit athletes will survive. Every single CrossFit workout is intense. This is because practicing functional movements at maximum intensity is how the program dramatically increases your level of fitness.
Who can do CrossFit? Absolutely everybody! CrossFit should not been seen as purely reserved for Olympians, triathletes, or bodybuilders. An overweight, out-of-shape person can do CrossFit. A recovering bulimic can do CrossFit. Your grandmother can do CrossFit. The amazing inclusiveness of CrossFit comes from the ability to scale each workout’s intensity so that it is do-able by anyone. If you bring your twelve year old sister to a CrossFit session, she will be doing the exact same movements as you, but with a weight that is appropriate for her. The perceived intimidation factor that comes from CrossFit is understandable, but don’t let it dissuade you from trying it out. Trust me, everybody can do CrossFit.
Where did CrossFit originate from? CrossFit is a method of training that was originally developed by Coach Greg Glassman, who defined “fitness” as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Or rather: The ability to exert more force over more distance for longer amounts of time. Basic physics, applied to the human body.
How do you do CrossFit? The exercises that make up each CrossFit workout are based on the functional movements an active human engages in everyday life. The exercises stem from three categories of sport: Cardio, gymnastics, and weight lifting. Variety is the backbone of Crossfit workouts. As mentioned previously, CrossFit aims to make every trainee physically prepared for any and every challenge possible. This translates into constant variation in exercises, and developing the ten general physical skills: Cardiovascular & respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
So to answer the question, what is CrossFit? CrossFit is awesome.
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