What Is CrossFit?
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The classic definition of CrossFit is this: constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. We think that definition should also include the words, “with good form”. Sure, we want you to work hard and push your limits, but not at the sacrifice of form. Good technique keeps you safe and allows you to come back and train again tomorrow.
What is functional movement? Have you stood up from a chair today? Picked up something from the ground? Functional movements are those that resemble things you do every day, in life and in sport. We don’t believe in isolating muscles, because that simply is not how the body works.
Practically speaking, CrossFit combines elements of weightlifting, basic gymnastics, bodyweight movements, rowing, running, kettlebells, and lots more. Here’s some more info on crossfit.com about what CrossFit is. Have you ever gone into your local gym and wondered what on earth you should do that day? We help with that. We program the daily workouts, mixing elements of the above disciplines, and take the guesswork out of your workouts.
Are the movements and ideas in CrossFit new and different? No, not really, but the approach is different. The movements are all pulled from the various fields listed above, and high intensity training has long been used by competitive athletes. One of the critical components of CrossFit is the idea that the word “fitness” should have a clear and measurable definition. The components of fitness are the following: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
Does your current fitness regime address all of these aspects? Chances are pretty good that it doesn’t. Running 5-10 km a few times a week is good, but it’s not enough to maintain an ideal body composition and maintain strength and flexibility. Running will not protect your back when you go to help move that couch or suitcase. How about yoga? A bodybuilding routine you read about in a muscle magazine? Will your leg extensions on a fancy machine make you better at picking up heavy stuff? Not likely. There are better ways of getting fit and strong, and we will help you get into the best shape of your life.
Stop working out for a number on a scale. Bodyweight, although it is one potential indicator of health, is not a very good one when taken in isolation. Body composition and function are much more important than weight alone. We will not weigh you here, nor do we have mirrors in the gym. We are interested in measurements, but of the performance variety, not the superficial type.
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Is CrossFit for me?
In a word, yes. Regardless of your starting point, our goal is to help you move better. If that means scaling (modifying) movements to your current level of ability, we will do that. Everyone needs to be able to competently navigate their lives, whether you’re a hard-charging young athlete, working mom/dad, or a grandparent who just wants to be able to keep up with the grandkids. Check out what a few of our members had to say about us here. Also check out this great article from the CrossFit Journal on why CrossFit is for everyone. Here’s what to expect in your first 24 hours of CrossFit (note: those 24 hours are not consecutive!).
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.