You might be thinking: “What is CrossFit, and what can it do for me?”
Maybe you saw the CrossFit Games on ESPN, or maybe you saw an old friend who looks amazing and they said they do CrossFit. But what exactly is CrossFit and what can it do for you?
The CrossFit Prescription = Constantly Varied, Functional Movement, Performed at High Intensity
What does Constantly Varied mean?
Every day is a new workout. You will never be bored because we are constantly working on new skills. Your body responds better to the unknown than to the same 2-mile treadmill run every day. Think about life as a kid on a playground. You climbed, ran, jumped, and most importantly you had fun. You were exercising without calling it that. Well, it’s time to get back to that.
What are Functional Movements?
Have you ever moved a couch, thrown a ball, unpacked groceries, or carried a kid on your back? These are all functional movements. We don’t use machines, YOU are the machine. We also do not work in isolation, so no bicep curls or leg presses here. Instead we teach the body to move the way it was designed to move. This is safer and more effective.
What exactly is High Intensity?
This alone will scare most people away from CrossFit. However, high intensity is different for every person. We like to think about it as working out on the edge of a cliff. As you progress throughout our program, your edge will move further away. It is up to you to push yourself in order to increase your intensity and bring yourself back to the edge. We believe in the following formula: Mechanics + Consistency = Intensity. We will require you to slow down in the beginning so that you can properly learn the movements. From there, we want you to show consistency in these movements and then finally we will expect you to up your intensity level.
CrossFit creates ATHLETES, not bodybuilders:
Through the emphasis of high power functional movements instead of low power isolation ones, you’ll be training your body not just to look better, but to WORK better. The irony about that is, when you take the focus off of vanity and put it on performance, your physique responds like never before. CrossFit promotes functional exercises by emphasizing movements that create better core strength, stamina, coordination, agility, and balance. You’ll begin to focus less on trying to “look fit”, and more on actually BECOMING fit.
CrossFit workouts are competitive events:
This friendly competition motivates people like nothing else. Whether you’re competing with your own previous score, or competing with a friend in class, you will be shocked at how much more fun this makes working out. This is especially true if you’re a former athlete that thinks you’ve lost that competitive drive. CrossFit will awaken something inside of you, and the feeling is addictive and amazing.
CrossFit prepares you for ANYTHING:
CrossFit trains multiple metabolic systems, as opposed to just one like in most sports. There are three metabolic pathways that produce the energy to perform any activity: the phosphagen, glycolytic, and the oxidative systems. Most programs focus on one or two of the systems making you a specialist, but weak in the others. CrossFit trains you to become a well-rounded athlete, spending time in all three domains and improving your capacity in any activity that you do. So…the next time you encounter a bear you’ll have a choice. You could either take the bear down in one swooping lash, wrestle with it until it is too fatigued to fight back, or run away from it for hours on end…phosphagen, glycolytic, and oxidative.
CrossFit is not just fitness, it’s a community:
Sure, it may seem intimidating at first, but you’ll quickly realize how supportive the CrossFit community is and how this is just part of the thread that binds it together. You will never have to work out alone again. Not only will you benefit from expert coaching and a huge online community to discover and share stories with, but you’ll also develop relationships in the gym that truly make training fun. This encourages consistency, which is extremely difficult to find in other programs. The people in your affiliate become your teammates, and you’re likely to bond quickly with anyone you meet at the bank wearing a CrossFit shirt. People are passionate about this for a reason; it’s up to you to find out what that is.
CrossFit is life changing:
The results you see from CrossFit transfer over to other aspects of life. The confidence that it delivers will allow you to perform activities you never thought possible. Not only will you feel better physically, but most people notice changes in their performance at work, at home, and in their relationships. Some joke that it’s a cult, and I say they’re right. But why wouldn’t you want to be a part of a “cult” that promotes life-long learning and well-being?