What Is CrossFit?
CrossFit has a three-pronged approach to fitness:
(1) Our workouts are “constantly varied,” meaning that we are always doing something different, either regarding the movements themselves or regarding the combination of movements. Routine is the enemy!
(2) We workout at a “high intensity.” Evidence shows that short bursts at relatively high intensity produce better results with a shorter recovery time than longer, low intensity workouts. But intensity is relative; you know your body, and you determine what high intensity means for you on any given day. Additionally, your intensity is limited by your movement: moving correctly comes before moving heavy weight and moving any weight quickly.
(3) We utilize “functional movements,” movements that mimic real life, movements that involve multiple muscle groups across major joints, movements that strengthen the core first and then move outward to the extremities.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, meaning we will adjust any workout to meet you where you are, regardless of your fitness experience, physical or developmental disability, or other limitation. CrossFit uses the same routines for anyone from elderly individuals with heart disease to young children to professional athletes. According to your own unique abilities, we modify the weight you might use, the number of repetitions you might do, the range of motion through which you might move that weight, and how fast will will move that weight. But the workout is the same.
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Soldiers, skiers, mountain bike riders, housewives, grandparents, and our Down Syndrome friends have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
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