Who is our training program for
In short: ANYONE. Here are some objections we hear when talking to people who are interested in CrossFit but have some misconceptions about the program:
“I need to get in shape before I try CrossFit.”
“I’ve never worked out before and CrossFit looks too intense.”
“CrossFit is too hard.”
The beauty of CrossFit is that you can start with very basic movements and progress upwards in complexity and load as your fitness increases. Thus, if you can only squat your body weight to begin with, in a week you might be squatting a barbell, and in a year you could be front squatting 70 kg.
The misconception is that if you join a CrossFit gym, you’ll immediately start doing highly complex movements and heavy loads. This is not true. The reality is that you will start by learning the foundations of good movement in a controlled environment with an experienced coach. Once you graduate from the foundations, you will be able to start regular workouts at a scaled level and works upwards from there.
CrossFit is a fitness program that starts with the very basics and scales up in intensity, complexity, and load as your fitness level increases. Because it focuses on natural movements it’s relevant to everyday life, and therefore applicable to everyone. The most important qualities are that you have a desire to get fit, are prepared to work hard, and not be afraid to get started!
What is our training methodology
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program built on constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity.
What does that mean?
Constant variation means changing your workout every time. For true fitness, routine is the enemy. The more consistent your routine is, the less prepared you’ll be for the unexpected. What will life demand of you tomorrow? No one knows, your training should reflect that. CrossFit consistently mixes weight training, gymnastics drills and endurance conditioning in as many combinations as possible. This results is a fitness that keeps you ready for anything in the real world.
Functional movements are what prepared you for life. Squatting, running, jumping, throwing, pulling, picking things up, all predate gyms by thousands of years. They weren’t invented by anyone and they’re found everywhere. This is what our bodies were designed to do. It’s part of our DNA. CrossFit workouts use functional movements because they are so much more effective for life outside the gym.
Intensity is measured by how fast you get real work done. Casual jogging is easy and low intensity. Racing as fast as you can is harder and high intensity. The more work you do in less time, the higher the average power and the harder it is. This is real intensity, and this kind of intensity brings the best results.
The power of community
The sense of community at CrossFit is unique; the nature of the small classes and everyone performing the same workout creates an environment where everyone knows one another, and you are all cheering each other on. There is always someone to help you with technique, compare workout scores with and discuss future workouts. This doesn't happen in regular gyms, no one speaks to one another except to occasionally ask "are you using this?" At CrossFit you know everyone's name, and they know yours. You get through hard work together building a unique comradery and friendship.
What is fitness
The founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman described 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, C&J, 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."
We plan to use these key principles to help you reach your goals, whether they are to look better, feel healthier, or simply to have a great time working out.
- Courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.