Simply put, CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity. CrossFit workouts are difficult and challenging, but are scalable for individuals of all fitness levels. The competition can be with yourself or with others during group workouts. This allows us to effectively turn fitness into sport.
World Class Fitness in 100 Words:
“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 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.” – Greg Glassman
The popular catch phrases in the fitness world have been core and functional training for a long time. What actually defines these words? Core refers to activation and stabilization of the muscles of the torso and those that protect the spine, not the classic thoughts of 6-pack abs. Functional has been used to reference an exercise that should be useful in daily life, and make everyday tasks easier.
I agree with these two definitions, but greatly disagree on the implementation of them in most fitness programs. Standing on a BOSU Ball and performing a single arm cable row may activate my core, but as I sit and try to recollect when the last time I was in a similar position on such an unstable surface I can’t come up with one. It lacks in true functionality. It, along with many others including static isometric isolation exercises, are being taught and performed by many people seeking to train “functionally”, yet their training never truly manifests itself in their daily life.
We train very differently here. We move the human body in the ways that it was meant to and that are natural to us. Performing exercises with good form and through the range of motion that our body was intended to do is far more beneficial than putting our body into positions and machines that our body isn’t meant to be in or will ever find ourselves in.
We utilize the CrossFit philosophy and methodology when designing workouts. CrossFit is the strength and conditioning program for many Police/Fire, Military, and Special Forces units, yet is universally applicable to all abilities and fitness levels. CrossFit is based on 10 general physical skills that universally apply to any sport, job or lifestyle. Training with these 10 things in mind allows us to specialize in nothing but excel at everything.
How Fit are You?
If you ask most people, and even most trainers, the most common answers will involve Body Fat Percentage, Body Weight or Cardio. We, at CrossFit Forever Strong, believe in a more complete definition. Your fitness level is composed of your ability in 10 very specific areas.
They are: Cardio Respiratory Endurance, Strength, Stamina, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Accuracy, Agility and Balance. So, considering this new definition, we ask again: How Fit are You?
Stop training just for bigger biceps or smaller waist, faster marathon times or a heavier bench press. Start training for fitness and you will get better at all of those things.