So what is CrossFit anyway? Maybe you have read an article online, watched the athletes competing at the Games on ESPN, or you know somebody who already does CrossFit? There is a lot out there about what CrossFit “is” and “isn’t”, so let’s define it first and then break down the components.
CrossFit is defined as a Core Strength and Conditioning program that utilizes the philosophy of “Constantly Varied, Functional Movements at Relatively High Intensity Levels”.
“Core Strength & Conditioning” can simply be defined as developing the strength of the larger muscle groups of the body (i.e. muscles of the torso, low back, hips, and thighs) which are critical to everyday life, and “Conditioning” which is the process by which we can become physically fit through a proper exercise, diet and sleep regimen.
“Functional Movements” are any movements that occur in everyday life like lifting, pushing, pulling, jumping and throwing. They are movements that our bodies are designed to do meaning they are safe, effective and translate into everyday life whether at work or play. The idea of “Constantly Varied” is to continually mix up your workouts; this can mean changing the type of movement, duration, amount of weight, repetitions, time of day, etc. The sky is the limit here so get creative! Last but not least, relative “High Intensity”. This means the intensity level is different for every athlete, whether it’s your 80 year old grandma or someone training for a specific athletic event. The beauty of CrossFit programming is that it can be scaled up or down to meets the needs of everyone taking part in class.
Phew, that was a mouth full! However, we wouldn’t do the definition justice if we didn’t mention that CrossFit is also the people that make it up. CrossFit is about “Community,” plain and simple. What CrossFit isn’t, is a bunch of people putting in their earbuds and scrambling for a machine at the gym, but instead it is an “all for one, one for all” group of people who get together to achieve their fitness goals and have a ton of fun doing it.