CrossFit is defined as constantly varied, functional movement at a high intensity.
CrossFit training mixes various workout elements (weightlifting, gymnastics, monostructural, etc.) in as many combinations as creativity will allow. Routine is an enemy. Workouts are short and intense. A major element of CrossFit is coached group training with the competition and camaraderie that this environment creates. CrossFit founder Gregg Glassman describes this factor very effectively. “In implementation CrossFit is quite simply a sport—the sport of fitness. We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means”
BROAD: CrossFit delivers fitness that is – by design – broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is that we do not specialize. From Combat, to survival, to organized sports, to life itself, CrossFit will allow you to reach new levels of performance. Conversely, it will punish the specialist.
UNIVERSALLY SCALABLE: The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of his experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease to cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the programs.
BRIEF HISTORY: CrossFit was developed in Santa Cruz, California by Greg Glassman in the Late 90′s. Greg’s mission was to develop a CODE for FITNESS via clinical trial (ie measuring inputs and outputs).
Much like how the LINUX operating system was created out of a gift culture and is free for anyone to download, CrossFit is open source; there are no franchising fees, no gimics to sell, and anyone can access this “code” via http://www.crossfit.com.
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Like any science, CrossFit is constantly evolving. The CrossFit Community is constantly looking for what works and what doesn’t in the realm of getting people more fit. If an exercise provides superior results, it stays in the program; if not, it is banished to the scrap heap.
And what we have discovered over time, through trial and error, is a code for fitness.
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not by kind. Our soldiers, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
CODE FOR FITNESS: The Code for Fitness is essentially uncomplicated and comprises three elements
1) Functional Movements (movements, which replicate real life)
2) Intensity (harder and faster works better than long and slow)
3) Variance (movements and workouts are constantly varied)
The idea behind the code then is to complete functional movements, as fast as possible, and constantly mix the movements up.
This “time component” on the workouts means that CrossFit has essentially become “The Sport of Fitness,” because it re-introduces personal athletic achievement and performance to training. The mindset at the start of each workout is to be stronger, to move faster and more efficiently, with better form than ever.
This is why, even after years of training CrossFit style, scores and times in workouts continue to drop and athletes continue to improve. Its hard, fun, exciting, challenging, and will push you to be your absolute best!
NER: The end result is that CrossFit gives you a Neuro-endocrince Response
Neuro = Brain & Central nervous system
Endocrine = Hormones such as Testosterone, Human Growth Hormone, Insulin like growth factor
Response = the response from your body by taxing it to its core with variety, intensity, and multi-joint, full body, functional movements.
Furthermore, CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not designed to maximize one area of specialized training but to optimize physical competence in all recognized fitness domains. Jim Crawley and Bruce Evans of Dynamax have categorized and defined the general skills that must be developed to achieve optimum physical competence.
General Physical Skills
1. Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance: The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
2. Stamina: The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
3. Strength: The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
4. Flexibility: The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
5. Power: The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units. to apply maximum force in minimum time.
6. Speed: The ability to minimize the time cycle of a r4epeated movement.
7. Coordination: The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into singular distinct movements.
8. Agility: The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
9. Balance: The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
10. Accuracy: The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.