WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
“Increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains”
That is the ideal of fitness to which CrossFit aspires. This definition was produced by Founder & CEO of CrossFit, Greg Gassman. It is the first to have captured the essence of fitness in meaningful & measurable way.
“Constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.”
This is CrossFit. We base our workouts on functional movements which represent the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing, and more. We focus on maximizing work in the shortest time by moving large loads over long distances. Intensity is essential and is measured in power. More work in less time means more power, more intensity. By keeping the movements varied and intense, fitness is gained exponentially.
An aspect of CrossFit often discussed is the community that is perpetuated as individuals work simultaneously in a shared space. It’s what makes a CrossFit Box so special and is integral to the global success of CrossFit. Natural camaraderie, friendly competition, and athletic fun work together to create an unique and intense environment.
In CrossFit, fitness is measurable. We design our workouts so that they can be converted into trackable data. Whiteboards keep score, timers ensure precision, movement standards motivate athletes to strive for more. All in all, the qualitative nature of CrossFit helps both motivate athlete output and derive the metrics of the workout.
“Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable too. Our specialty is not specializing.”
Even though those who are amongst the fittest in the world are challenged by CrossFit, the program has a universal scalability. This means that it can be applied by any individual regardless of their fitness and experience. Loads can be minimized, the movements can be modified to suit the athlete, but the program doesn’t change.
Courtesy of crossfit.com
What is CrossFit? (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from https://crossfit.com/what-is-crossfit