What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. It was created in 2001 by Greg and Lauren Glassman in California.  It was a means for them to help more people get into shape, and stay in shape.

How Does it Work?

CrossFit utilizes constantly varied, functional movements, that are to be executed at high intensity.  The exercises are simple movements that directly correlate to everyday life activities.  This means that the tasks you perform daily will seem easier, and you can accomplish more.  When the high intensity comes into play, you shall be improving your cardio efficiency.  You will find yourself not getting as tired performing those chores, and you will feel prepared for just about anything thrown at you.

Who is it for?

EVERYBODY.  We all need to perform the same types of tasks in our everyday life, just to different levels of intensity.  The beauty in the CrossFit program is that it can be scaled/adjusted to each individual person's current ability levels.  This scaling also applies to injuries, surgeries, or any other type of limitation you have.  Your limitations didn't mean you automatically stopped living, they just forced you to adjust how you did things.  That is the same was Cr0ssFit works.

What does CrossFit do exactly?

CrossFit works by improving your fitness.  Now fitness is a difficult term to describe, but CrossFit's definition covers what it should be.  It works by improving your ability level in 10 general skills. 1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance - The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen. 2. Stamina - The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy. 3. Strength - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force. 4. Flexibility - the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint. 5. Power - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time. 6. Speed - The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement. 7. Coordination - The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement. 8. Agility - The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another. 9. Balance - The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base. 10. Accuracy - The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

-CrossFit Journal

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