What is CrossFit?

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

While CrossFit challenges the world's fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.

CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains.

Endurance-The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
Stamina-The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
Strength-The ability of a muscular unit or combination of muscular units to apply force.
Flexibility-The ability to maximize the range of motion at any given joint.
Power-The ability of a muscular unit or combination of muscular units to apply force in minimum time.
Speed-The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
Coordination-The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a single distinct movement.
Agility-The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
Balance-The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.
Accuracy-The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

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