In a nutshell, CrossFit is a fitness program developed for the real world. It is comprised of scalable, functional movements that are constantly varied and done at high intensity.
Let’s break it down. Functional movements are movements that we see in everyday life. Getting up out of a chair is a squat. Picking up a bag of topsoil or a child is a form of deadlift. Putting groceries away on an overhead shelf is a shoulder press. When we practice these movements, we develop strength and muscle recruitment patterns that we use on a regular basis. Constantly varied: Each day there is a prescribed Workout of the Day. The workout might contain Olympic or power lifting movements, gymnastic movements such as pull-ups, ring dips, or handstands, and traditional aerobic activities such as running, rowing or jump rope. Some workouts are done for time, some for a score, and some for max weight lifted. Life doesn’t come at us as 3 sets of 10. Why should we exercise that way?
We are busy people living in busy times. One of the biggest benefits of CrossFit is its efficiency. Workouts rarely last more than 30 minutes. This means you can be in, warmed-up, worked-out, and out the door in an hour or less. This may sound impossible but the key is in the intensity of the exercise we do. Not all of us are elite athletes. Heck, many of us are not athletes at all. But we are human and therefore made of the same stuff. The exercises done at CrossFit can be scaled to challenge any level of fitness from the chronic couch potato to the Olympic competitor and anyone in between. The beauty of the program is that it can start wherever you are, and take you as far as you want to go… as far as you are willing to push yourself.
Check out Crossfit.com for comprehensive information about this program, its origins, and ideology.
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