What is CrossFit?

The magic is in the movements. All of CrossFit’s workouts are based on constantly
varied functional movements performed at high intensity. Functional movements are the
core movements of life, found everywhere, and built naturally into our DNA. They move
the largest loads the longest distances so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of
work done in the shortest amount of time (intensity). We squat, run, jump, lift, throw.

By employing a constantly-varied approach to training, these functional movements
at maximum intensity (relative to the physical tolerances of the participant), lead to
dramatic gains in fitness. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work/time.
The more work you do in less time, the more intense the effort.

In implementation, CrossFit is, quite simply, the “sport of fitness.” We’ve learned that
harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an
intensity that cannot be matched by other means. It is our observation that men and
women will die for points or better times. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping
accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and
standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output, but also derive
both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well
beyond motivation.

While it challenges the world’s fittest, the CrossFit program is designed for universal
scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of
experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals and elite athletes. We
scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind. Our
hockey players, grandparents, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best
fitness from the same regimen.

Courtesy of CrossFit Inc. (www.crossfit.com)

Get Started: First things first! Come check us out for a complimentary WOD. Next, we run our new upcoming athletes through an on ramp program. The program is designed as an introduction to CrossFit. We believe in educating our members properly by taking the extra time to thoroughly breakdown the major movements of CrossFit. This way, we not only gain proper form and technique right of the bat, but we also increase confidence in our members during class.

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