What is CrossFit?
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. 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.
CrossFit is constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements designed to increase work capacity across broad time, modal, and age domains. Your ability to move large loads, long distances, quickly, in the broadest variety of domains is fitness. True fitness is measured across the 10 recognized physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibly, power, coordination, agility, speed, balance, and accuracy. You are as fit as you are competent across each of these markers. And the ability to sustain that fitness throughout your life is a defining measure of health. Health, therefore, is nothing other than sustained fitness.
How does CrossFit achieve this world class fitness? In a 100 words: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean and jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climbs, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per 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.
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.