CrossFit

What Is CrossFit?

CrossFit is Constantly Varied, High Intensity, Functional Movement.

We combine the most effective aspects of weightlifting, gymnastics, and conditioning into simple, challenging workouts.

CrossFit is the principal strength-and- conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide, and thousands of dedicated “everyday” folks in search of a better fitness model.

Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Life, sport, and survival reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. The same routines are used for elderly individuals with heart disease and professional athletes training in the off-season. Load and intensity are scaled but the program stays the same. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind.

Thousands of athletes worldwide are following the CrossFit program and have distinguished themselves in the gym, at home, and on the playing field.

Constantly Varied

High Intensity

Functional Movement

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.

~ Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit

10 Observations

CrossFit is in large part derived from several simple observations garnered through hanging out with athletes for thirty years and willingness, if not eagerness, to experiment coupled with a total disregard for conventional wisdom. Let me share some of the more formative of these observations:

  1. Gymnasts learn new sports faster than other athletes.
  2. Olympic lifters can apply more useful power to more activities than other athletes.
  3. Powerlifters are stronger than other athletes.
  4. Sprinters can match the cardiovascular performance of endurance athletes – even at extended efforts.
  5. Endurance athletes are woefully lacking in total physical capacity.
  6. With high carb diets you either get fat or weak.
  7. Bodybuilders can’t punch, jump, run, or throw like athletes can.
  8. Segmenting training efforts delivers a segmented capacity.
  9. Optimizing physical capacity requires training at unsustainable intensities.
  10. The world’s most successful athletes and coaches rely on exercise science the way deer hunters rely on the accordion.

~ Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit

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