What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

Through a constantly varied combination of movements performed at high intensity, CrossFit is the best fitness program out there for building strength while burning fat. CrossFit is unlike anything you’ve ever tried before.

Aside from the breadth or totality of fitness the CrossFit Program seeks, our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies. Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle, and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways.

More specifically, CrossFit is the fitness methodology used by many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. It is also being implemented in nursing homes, pre-schools, and physical therapy. In short, people from every walk of life are using CrossFit. This is because CrossFit is infinitely scalable which means it is appropriate for any age as well as any fitness level. Children, housewives, Olympic athletes, and grandparents will all follow the same program, but at their own level of intensity. The needs of our members differ by degree, not kind.

We train in a group setting which means that every time you come to class you will receive world-class coaching while going through a warm-up, skill work, and a workout. We utilize the best movements from gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, power lifting, rowing and running to create unique, intense workouts that are constantly varied so you don’t ever get “bored”. Some workouts are completed for time, others for maximum number of repetitions. Either way, you’ll be guaranteed a challenging workout.

Is this for me? Absolutely! Your needs and the Olympic athlete’s differ by degree not kind. Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance, and coordination are each important to the world’s best athletes and to our grandparents.

The amazing truth is that the very same methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in the elderly. Of course, we can’t load your grandmother with the same squatting weight that we’d assign an Olympic skier, but they both need to squat. In fact, squatting is essential to maintaining functional independence and improving fitness. Squatting is just one example of a movement that is universally valuable and essential yet rarely taught to any but the most advanced of athletes. This is a tragedy.

Through painstakingly thorough coaching and incremental load assignment CrossFit has been able to teach anyone who can care for themselves to perform safely and with maximum efficacy the same movements typically utilized by professional coaches in elite and certainly exclusive environments.

from “Foundations” an article produced by CrossFit HQ

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