CrossFit is an evidence-based exercise program that touts itself as the “sport of fitness”. The founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, initially designed the CrossFit program to be broad and functional for all types of people, athletes and non-athletes alike. The key tenet of CrossFit maintains that each workout should consist of “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”.
So you want to know more about CrossFit?
WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
WHAT IS IT NOT?
CrossFit is not a program that facilitates specialization but attempts to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. These fitness domains are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Accuracy, Balance Coordination and Agility and they are incorporated in high-intensity interval training, weight lifting, gymnastics and other disciplines.
WHAT IS A WOD?
The Workout Of the Day, will consist of a variety of movements and is typically completed in a relatively short period of time at a high intensity. Each class is lead by a trained instructor and the workouts are designed to accommodate all levels of physical fitness through scaled and modified movements. Hour-long classes at affiliated gyms, or “boxes”, typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity workouts and a period of stretching. Here at CrossFit Humanity, we also have time set aside to focus on strength-focused movement(s) prior to the workout. Performance on each WOD is typically scored and/or ranked to track individual progress and encourage friendly competition. We also offer specialty classes to enhance your skills; Gymnastics, Yoga, Strenght & Conditioning, and Olympic Weightlifting.
WHAT ABOUT THE CULTURE?
CrossFit is also defined by its culture. It is known for its sense of community and for the encouragement bestowed on one another during the WOD. The workouts are held in a group setting and are typically set up to interact with other CrossFitters. The highly intense workouts naturally facilitate community bonding and many affiliates, including CrossFit Humanity, host both competitive and social events.
The key tenet of CrossFit maintains that each workout should consist of “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”.
CONSTANTLY VARIED — Continually incorporating different movements into the workouts forces your body to constantly adapt. Your body never acclimates to any one movement, thus virtually eliminating fitness plateaus.
HIGH INTENSITY — In physics, intensity is the power transferred per unit area and power is the force multiplied by distance divided by time. In short, high power/intensity is the ability to move heavy weight over the longest distance in the shortest amount of time. In essence this allows for more force, strength and stability. Thus, the workouts are typically of a high intensity over a moderate to short duration in time. Importantly, this must be done while maintaining proper form and technique.
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT — Functional movements are essentially that – movements useful and functional in every day life and that align with the natural physicality of our bodies. We move constantly throughout the day and while we may not realize it these are forms of squatting, deadlifting, pulling, pushing, etc. CrossFit focuses on these everyday movements to strengthen our bodies and focus on core stability, agility, and flexibility to serve us and our lifestyles.