Why CrossFit Part 1: What is CrossFit?
A lot of people ask me, “What makes CrossFit different?” At the risk of sounding cliché, just about everything! It comes back to the definition of CrossFit: “Constantly Varied, Functional Movement, executed at a High Intensity.” CVFMHI defines what we do at our box. Constantly varied refers to the different modalities and time domains of the CrossFit prescription. We run, row, jump rope, swing kettlebells, lift, do calisthenics, and throw medicine balls. We put it together into dynamic and challenging protocols designed to challenge the fittest people in the world, but fully scalable and modifiable to challenge anyone and everyone else. The functional piece refers to the notion that whatever we do has a purpose in nature. Everyone has to move their bodies and move objects external to their bodies. To quote the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, “the needs of the Olympic Weightlifter and a grandmother differ by degree, not kind.” And finally, the high intensity piece is what people are most familiar with. CrossFit is designed to be high intensity. It is designed to challenge you! You have to be fully engaged and committed in order to succeed here. The program is too hard otherwise. The look-good-naked-cardio-junkie may show up sometimes, but they do not last…
Rest assured that you will be required to continually learn and develop new skills. You could spend the rest of your life perfecting technique, building strength, and increasing work capacity and still not have it all perfect. One of the great things about that is that if you get bored in one area, it is very easy to tailor training to another. Focus hard on developing running mechanics for three or six months, run a race, and move on to something else. Start picking up more skill with Olympic lifts, kettlebells, or gymnastics. Get stronger and more efficient at rowing. The list goes on and can never truly be completed. It’s a journey that is sure to lead to the stretching of limits and self-discovery, but never perfection. However, the pursuit of perfection will eventually yield excellence!
We go heavy. Your typical boot camp or cardio class may keep you moving for an hour, but the instructors and staff more than likely lack the equipment and expertise to properly train free weight lifts and certainly Olympic lifts safely. This fits in to our overall model of fitness. We don’t just want you to be strong for your weight, fast, be able to jump high, go short, or go long. We want it all and deliver the program to get you there!
We do not specifically target toning, weight loss, sports performance, or any “squishy” measures of effectiveness. We target improved work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Toning, improved body composition, and improved sports performance are merely byproducts of improved work capacity. So how do we measure it? That’s simple. We measure 1) what you moved and 2) how long it took you to do it.
Why CrossFit? Simply stated, CrossFit is the most challenging and effective strength and conditioning program on the face of the earth. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself and see how to turn ordinary into extraordinary and get the results that you have always wanted from a fitness program!