What Is CrossFit?

Constantly Varied Functional Movements Executed at High Intensity

CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sports and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.

CrossFit is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains). CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.

CrossFit.com —This is the original blog and main hub for everything CrossFit. Come here for the free Workout of the Day (WOD). The WOD is designed to exceed the limits of the world’s fittest people, but can be scaled to meet anyone’s current fitness.

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Constantly Varied

The workouts and stimulus is always changing, so your body never reaches a plateau. You will be prepared for any random physical challenges that you may encounter in life.

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Functional Movements

These are movements our bodies are designed to do, they are natural and safe elements of our everyday lives. Such as squatting, deadlifting, pressing something overhead, pulling yourself up, ect.

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High Intensity

Intensity is all about creating Power = Force x Distance/Time. We see results in speed, moving more weight, doing more work, and body composition when we increase intensity. What you need to keep in mind is that intensity comes after you have learned the movement and can execute it with proper form and technique. The last thing we want is for you to get injured. A common misconception some people have about CrossFit is that it’s all about pushing yourself to the max ie: grunting, veins bulging, sweat dripping. Although some of these things do happen at times when you are working hard, this is NOT the point of CrossFit workouts. Please keep in mind that CrossFit for life is different than CrossFit in competition like the athletes you see in the CrossFit Games. These individuals are training to be the best they can in the “Sport of Fitness”. We want you to be the best you can in LIFE!