CROSSFIT | The What & Why

CrossFit Is: Constantly varied, functional movement, executed at high intensity.

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.  -CrossFit Inc

First applied widely to Military personnel and First Responders (police, fire, and EMT), the CrossFit principles have since been adapted to include everyone from young kids to grannies. The truth is the needs of an elite soldier and a grandmother differ in degree, not kind. We all need the same basic functional movements – standing up, sitting down, lifting objects without injury, moving quickly for short periods of time, moving moderately for longer periods of time, pushing and pulling on things, and moving our bodies through space at various angles.

The Crossfit Community has taken what works best and eliminates what doesn’t. If an exercise provides superior results it stays in the program, if not it is banished to the scrap heap. CrossFit is what remains. Bar none, it is the most effective fitness program. The magic is in the movements, the results are in the intensity.

Additional resources:
To continue to understand CrossFit and its unique philosophies and methods, please read these 3 articles. These are made available as free downloads from the CrossFit Journal.