CrossFit is a worldwide affiliation of fitness training facilities, big and small that have come together because they all share the same beliefs in how to go about getting fit. Importantly, before trying to “get fit” it helps to have a definition of what “fit” is. As CrossFitters we don’t believe that the fittest person on the planet is the marathon champ who can run all day and all night. And it’s not the power lifter with the biggest bench press or the girl who looks pretty fit in a bikini. All these people at best, are specialists in one or two types of fitness and as CrossFitters we believe in producing fully functional humans with high scores in all the 10 aspects of fitness:
- Cardiovascular and respiratory endurance
So, how does CrossFit consistently produce such well rounded athletes? We understand that for a fitness program to produce the level of results we demand it must meet the following criteria:
- Constantly Varied – There is no one type of exercise that can be expected to produce an improvement in all 10 areas of fitness so we do a different workout every day. The body is forced to constantly adapt and improve, that’s also how we can guarantee that you’ll never get bored by a typical day at CrossFit, because there is no such thing as a typical day.
- High Intensity – Common sense will tell you that the easy way out doesn’t get you very far and the person who is willing to work for it is the one who will see the most success.
- Functional Movement – We don’t use machines! We don’t isolate muscles! Being good at bicep curls or on a leg press machine or pec deck is of little use when you have to lift something heavy in the real world. CrossFit is designed to get real people ready for the demands of real life situations. As a human being we have evolved to be good athletes, running, jumping, lifting and throwing is how we have remained healthy as a species for thousands of years.
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