Constantly varied high intensity functional movements. Yeah yeah but what does that mean?
CrossFit is meant to be broad and all inclusive. We do anything and everything related to fitness. A 5k run is as much CrossFit as a 1 rep max deadlift.
Nature punishes the specialist. CrossFit builds athleticism through the 10 measures of fitness: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, strength, speed, power, balance, agility, stamina, coordination, accuracy, and flexibility. Any program that doesn’t touch on all of these measures of fitness is not all inclusive, and is not CrossFit!
Your program is executed in a group setting, with a certified coach present at all times. You learn about fitness in a fun environment with other athletes who are doing hard work alongside you. You don’t compete against the class as much as you compete against yourself. What is the best expression of yourself? CrossFit contends you don’t know of what you are capable, why not come and find out?
CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.
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.
While CrossFit challenges the world’s fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.