What is CrossFit?

You haven’t heard of CrossFit? Let me tell you about CrossFit.

CrossFit is a lifestyle in which you are prioritizing your health. The ability to do many different things at a high level of intensity. I think it’s the absolute best way to help you reach your fitness goals. For me, it’s making me happy. A fun way to get fit with a lot of people. The last person finishing is the just as important as the first one. It’s this team atmosphere that ends up making you better as an individual. It’s camaraderie, that family that you end up building and the energy that you get back from it yourself, that’s CrossFit to me. You come to a CrossFit gym everybody knows your name, everybody loves you and you’re a part of something bigger than just getting a workout.

Thanks to Jim Crawley and Bruce Evans of Dynamax and The CrossFit Journal

CrossFit may be defined as “constantly varied movements executed at a high intensity.” CrossFit may be identified as a training methodology that strives to build a balanced athlete. CrossFit may be described as a training program focused on development of optimum physical competence by working to simultaneously improve:

  • 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.
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CrossFit is really the pursuit of true fitness, here’s CrossFit’s own discussion of what exactly “fitness” is:

We look at CrossFit as a strength and conditioning program with the greatest level of potential athlete and client development. The form and function that result from forging competence simultaneously in gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing, and high-intensity metabolic conditioning is currently unmatched in the fitness world. All that aside, the greatest benefit and most important piece is the community. Hundreds of thousands of individuals spread to every corner of the globe. Almost 9,000 boxes and countless garages all over the planet with individuals giving every bit of their energy and effort to learn more about their character.

How can CrossFit Help?

CrossFit gave me that something extra that I kinda needed in life.

It’s my outlet, I love it. It’s my passion. It’s commitment. CrossFit is a sport now.

I like the challenge, I compete with myself, I’m healthier, I am stronger. Even though I was sore, I was, you know, getting a little discouraged, you know … I felt accountable because my community, or I felt accountable to my class because they were looking for me there.

Finding CrossFit and then having to work really dang hard for whatever your goal is … whether its to compete or just get a damn pull-up. I love it ’cause the workout’s different everyday, I can come in and I don’t know what I’m doing.

Everyone is welcoming, everyone is cheering you on. They don’t let you quit even if you wanna quit.

We all share this experience, which is emotional. It doesn’t look emotional, it looks like people working out … but it’s emotional. I mean it’s raw, it’s intense, it’s incredible, it’s freakin’ awesome. I’m gonna keep doing it for a long time, I hope.

CrossFit, to me, is a fitness program where the reward for doing well is the ability to express your fitness in everyday life in as many different planes or as many different activities that you can possibly imagine.

People walk through the door and say, ‘Hey, where’s all the machines?’ We’re the machines!”

– Vanessa Bennington (Owner & Coach)

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