CrossFit is all about “total” fitness, performing well at any & every task imaginable.
The CrossFit prescription is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”. CrossFit is, quite simply, a sport – the “sport of fitness”. We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition, and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.
The CrossFit Games have become one of the fastest growing sports in America and the CrossFit community is expanding rapidly worldwide. This time last year there were just more than 5,000 affiliates throughout the world. Today, we are about to surpass 10,000.
The 2011 CrossFit Games, held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California
CrossFit is not a specialised fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimise physical competance in each of the ten recognised fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. Our program works exclusively with compound movements and shorter high intensity cardiovascular sessions. We endeavour to bring state-of-the-art coaching techniques to the general public and athlete. Our aim is to develop our athletes from the inside out, from core to extremity, which is how good functional movements recruit muscle, from the core to the extremities. Compound or functional movements are natural multi-joint movements that we use in everyday activities such as squatting and lifting. Functional movements are mechanically sound and therefore safe. They also elicit a high neuroendocrine response, that is, they alter you hormonally and neurologically. Most of the development that occurs as a result of exercise is systemic and a direct result of hormonal and neurological changes. CrossFit workouts predominately involve exercises based on Gymnastics, Weightlifting and throwing, Climbing, Metabolic Conditioning, and Interval Training.
CrossFit For Your Health
Our athletes enjoy the side “benefits” of our program which improves well-being and optimises health. Athletes experience a protection from the ravages of aging and disease that non-athletes never find. Athletes have a greater bone density, stronger immune systems, less coronary heart disease, reduced cancer risk, fewer strokes, and less depression than non-athletes.
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, clean & jerk, 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.
~ Greg Glassman, CrossFit Inc.