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What is CrossFit?

"I can't do CrossFit."

"I need to be more in shape before I join a gym."

"Don't you get really injured doing CrossFit?"

There's a reason that these misconceptions pervade through the general public and that's purely just a lack of information. So let's talk about the elephant in the room: What is CrossFit?

Luckily, CrossFit has an entire webpage dedicated to this question -

To Summarize: CrossFit is a lifestyle characterized by safe, effective exercise and sound nutrition. CrossFit can be used to accomplish any goal, from improved health to weight loss to better performance. The program works for everyone — people who are just starting out and people who have trained for years.

In class we focus our methodology on these 3 main tenets:

Constantly Varied

The essence of this model is the view that fitness is about performing well at any and every task imaginable. Picture a hopper loaded with an infinite number of physical challenges, where no selective mechanism is operative, and being asked to perform feats randomly drawn from the hopper. This model suggests that your fitness can be measured by your capacity to perform well at these tasks in relation to other individuals.

The implication here is that fitness requires an ability to perform well at all tasks, even unfamiliar tasks and tasks combined in infinitely varying combinations. In practice this encourages the athlete to disinvest in any set notions of sets, rest periods, reps, exercises, order of exercises, routines, periodization, etc. Nature frequently provides largely unforeseeable challenges; train for that by striving to keep the training stimulus broad and constantly varied.

Functional Movements

With CrossFit being lifestyle training, it requires athletes to train within the realm of real-world functionality. I love watching Olympic gymnasts, but I have yet to need to implement a triple flip into my daily lifestyle. Functional movements resemble activities that you do in everyday life so when tasked with those challenges, not only will you not get injured, you'll be able to do them efficiently in a way you're body was designed to move.

Deadlift -> Picking your bag up off the ground

Shoulder Press -> Putting something on a high shelf

Box Jumps -> Getting over an obstruction in your path

Sled Drags -> Hiking a mountain with your family

Lunges -> Getting off the ground after playing your 15th straight game of Candyland with your 3 year old nephew

relative High Intensity

The CrossFit Games are both the best and worst thing to happen to the local CrossFit box. On one hand, it brought notoriety to the sport on a national stage and made CrossFit a recognizable brand. On the other, the general public now things they will need to do Handstand Walks and Ring Muscle-Ups while squatting 500+ pounds in order to "do CrossFit". So while our workouts are based on performing at a consistently high intensity, they are also performed at a relatively high intensity. No two individuals are the same, and Athlete A may squat 400 lbs for 10 reps while Athlete B may do 15 air squats to get the same effect. The goal here is the outcome, not the work. CrossFit asks the athletes to perform to the intent of the workout and scale to their own individualized performance level to achieve that intent. In an ideal world, every athlete in the gym is finishing at the exact same time and the 24 year old fire breather can look over at the 60 year old grandmother of 13 and slap a high-five knowing they both just gave the same level of intensity. As athletes learn what their needs are for scaling, our certified coaches are right there every step of the way to help them through the process.

So come check us out.

  • You CAN do CrossFit.

  • Whatever shape you're in now is the exact right amount of fitness you need to start.

  • Our coaches are here to help you move MORE efficiently and functionally so that you not only don't get hurt at the gym, but your everyday aches and pains can go away as well.

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