What Is CrossFit?
(from CrossFit Journal, Issue 19)
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program unlike any other. Our movements are not unique as we use those most representative of movements found in nature. The combination of these movements, in addition to added intensity increases, the effectiveness and the enjoyment of CrossFit workouts.
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Whether you are a gymnast, endurance athlete, sprinter, lifter, or just someone looking to be more fit in their daily lives, you’ll find something of value.
CrossFit workouts are designed to be scaled to each individuals fitness level, making it the perfect program for any person regardless of experience. The same workouts can be done by elderly individuals with heart disease and Olympic athletes. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
The needs of elite athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Skiers, mountain bike riders, and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
Searching For The Best Fitness Program
Coach Greg Glassman, who is the first to declare that the perfect fitness system does not yet exist, describes how CrossFit is contributing to the search: “CrossFit is in large part derived from several simple observations garnered through hanging out with athletes for thirty years and willingness, if not eagerness, to experiment coupled with a total disregard for conventional wisdom. Let me share some of the more formative of these observations:
1. Gymnasts learn new sports faster than other athletes.
2. Olympic lifters can apply more useful power to more activities than other athletes.
3. Powerlifters are stronger than other athletes.
4. Sprinters can match the cardiovascular performance of endurance athletes even at extended efforts.
5. Endurance athletes are woefully lacking in total physical capacity.
6. With high carb diets you either get fat or weak.
7. Bodybuilders can’t punch, jump, run, or throw like athletes can.
8. Segmenting training efforts delivers a segmented capacity.
9. Optimizing physical capacity requires training at unsustainable intensities.
10. The world’s most successful athletes and coaches rely on exercise science the way deer hunters rely on the accordion.”