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What Is CrossFit?

Learn about the movement.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness. CrossFit programming concentrates on constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, so people are prepared for any physical challenge.

Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, says:

"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand. pirouettes, flips, splits and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc., hard and fast. Five or six days a week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports."

The roots of Crossfit trace back several decades beginning with Greg Glassman at his gym in Santa Cruz, California. Over the years he developed a fitness program to train athletes for the unknown and the unknowable. Many of his initial clients as well as a large portion of those who Crossfit today consist of law enforcement, military, paramedical, and fire personnel seeking to prepare themselves for the physical demands of their job.

In 2001, Glassman introduced www.crossfit.com, the main site, allowing for the program to spread across the internet, ultimately creating the open information Crossfit community we have today. The community now consists of over 1500 affiliates throughout the world. The Crossfit prescription of constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity is allowing people of all ages, skill levels, body sizes, job fields, etc. to revolutionize their fitness lifestyle.

Explaining Crossfit to people who have never been exposed to its methodology is a painstaking task. Glassman's basic definition: constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity is quite ambiguous. Basically, what this definition attempts to say is that Crossfit is not your average, everyday Globo Gym workout. Your standard Globo Gym workout consisting of chest/tri's, back/bi's, shoulders/legs and 30-45 minutes of cardio for your average lifter or 45-90 minutes of cardio and light lifting movements for the average female is far from constantly varied, functional, or executed at high intensity. Going to the gym day in and day out and doing the same thing over and over again eventually leads to non-functional, lackluster workouts and endless plateaus where you struggle to make gains. Crossfit offers the best solution to this problem.

The Crossfit strength and conditioning program promotes broad and general overall physical fitness through targeting the ten fitness domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, coordination, flexibility, power, speed, balance, accuracy and agility. The program uses a variation of strength and conditioning techniques including weight lifting, running, rowing, gymnastics, calisthenics, and much more executed at high intensities to prepare Crossfitters for the unknown. Working out in groups, Crossfitters are constantly pushing each other to achieve their goals within these domains. As a result, the fitness community has begun to see an influx in athletes with increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.

The communication of Crossfit coaches, trainers, and athletes, through the use of the virtual and physical community spanning the world is allowing for the advancement of the art and science of human performance. At over 1500 affiliate websites, human performance is now measured and publicly recorded as a means to empirically drive the methodology forward. In return, Crossfit has established itself as a premier fitness program to improve the lifestyle of anyone willing to join the community.

Defined By Crossfit.com

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
 
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.

Thousands of athletes worldwide have followed our workouts posted daily on this site and distinguished themselves in combat, the streets, the ring, stadiums, gyms and homes.

We also publish the CrossFit Journal, designed to support the CrossFit community detailing the theory, techniques, and practice d by our coaches in our gym, in essence bringing your garage or gym into ours, making you a part of the CrossFit family.

Courtesy of CrossFit, Inc

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