CrossFit’s Prescription for achieving this fitness is a regimen that focuses on “a broad, general, and inclusive fitness – not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable”.
We believe in the philosophy that by training for a wide variety of sports and activities, we become more generally fit. It has been said that life punishes the specialist. CrossFit’s specialty is not specializing. Regarding the actual workouts, a phrase you’ll often hear is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”.
By Constantly Varied we mean that each day’s workout will be different from the next. A workout might include gymnastic movements, weighted movements, or metabolic conditioning (like running or rowing). Because the workouts are always different, you will never get bored and you will get opportunities to work on things you are currently not good at. Facing these challenges alongside your classmates often becomes fun. It’s not necessarily the kind of fun we normally think about, but it’s a kind of fun you can get hooked on. It’s the kind of fun that elicits tired but earnest high-fives after a workout.
High Intensity in your workout is key if you want to see results. Intensity is the secret ingredient. As such, we make sure all of our workouts can be modified to accommodate any level of fitness so that you can reach your personal level of intensity. With proper modifications and weight scaling, the experienced athlete and the novice should experience the same level of intensity. This is one of the reasons that such a camaraderie can form around these workouts. We’re all working equally hard regardless of the fitness we walked in with.
All we mean by Functional Movement is: movement that your body is naturally built to preform, that mimics movements you will see in sport or daily life. The fitness and strength you gain in CrossFit is usable fitness that translates to life outside of the gym You don’t just look in shape like your buddy who does bicep curls at a Globo Gym, your are functionally able to access your strength and fitness to be better at sports, daily tasks, and life in general. The movements in CrossFit workouts help you perform better athletically, but they also make you better at doing things like hauling groceries or helping your buddy move out of their upstairs apartment. That’s perhaps one of the cons of doing CrossFit. People will always be asking you to pick up heavy things. The pro is that you get to pick up heavy things!