Put simply, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to prepare you for life and for sport better than any other program in existence today. CrossFit, by design, uses the best methods currently available to improve general fitness and incorporates them into a structured program. If a new program becomes available that works better than our current methods, we will start using it. In CrossFit, we apply scientific analysis to quantify fitness; our allegiance is not to specific training methods, but rather to measurable results.
CrossFit is part of the training methodology used by Olympic athletes, military and law enforcement officers, elite college athletes, and MMA fighters. CrossFit is also implemented in nursing homes and by physical therapists. In short, CrossFit benefits people of all ages and all athletic capabilities; CrossFit can be adapted for anyone interested in improving their fitness and quality of life and is by no means reserved for athletes at their peak.
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our soldiers, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
– Greg Glassman
Our aim is to promote broad, general, and inclusive fitness. Our goal is to avoid specialization and produce athletes that are equally adept at all physical disciplines, whether that is running, gymnastics, powerlifting, or olympic weightlifting. In practical terms, there are three elements that are the foundation of CrossFit workouts. CrossFit workouts are constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity.
- Translate to every day life
Functional movements are multi-joined movements that are notable for how well they translate to movements in every day life. When you are performing a deadlift, you are using the same pattern as you do when lifting a heavy box from the ground; when you are putting an object on a shelf, you are essentially performing an overhead press; every time you stand up from a seated position, you are executing a squat. These movements are natural, and efficient. No aspect of these movements is more important however than their capacity to move large loads over long distances very quickly. These movements are therefore uniquely adapted to produce power.
- Never boring
- Optimizes adaptation & improvements
Constantly varied movements are needed to elicit optimal adaptation. In the words of Greg Glassman “[We recognize that] the breadth and depth of a program’s stimulus will determine the breadth and depth of the adaptation it elicits, our prescription of functionality and intensity is constantly varied.” Simply said, by constantly changing our program, we never allow ourselves to stagnate. Our body is constantly forced to adapt and we obtain the best results.
- Ellicits optimal results
- Gain muscle
- Lose fat
- Improve performance
“Intensity is where the results are.” We measure everything we do in our workouts, and push back the limits of what we can achieve every single time we perform a workout. Whether a sedentary office worker or an elite athlete, when we step into the gym, we push as hard as we can. Every time. Training at high intensity leverages our body’s best response to stimulus by provoking a potent hormonal response and allows us to gain muscle, lose fat, and improve performance all at once.