Perhaps you’ve seen people flipping tires, dragging a sled of weighted plates around the industrial complex where you work, or maybe you’ve seen an old friend who looks amazing and they claimed their success to CrossFit. However you were introduced to CrossFit, you may still have questions on “what is” and “what can” CrossFit do for you. Well, look no further! The answers are provided here:
What is CrossFit? The CrossFit Prescription = Constantly Varied, Functional Movements, Performed at High Intensity!
What does Constantly Varied mean?
Ideally, CrossFit is to train for any contingency and this is possible solely by randomizing the workouts. This is not to say thought is not put into the workouts! The workouts are systematically programmed with a science and careful exposure to weight lifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning.
What are Functional Movements?
In your everyday life, you perform movements that copy motor recruitment patterns. Examples of such Functional Movements would be moving from a standing position into a seated position (squatting), carrying as many grocery bags as possible from the car to the kitchen (farmer carry), picking up a heavy object from the floor (deadlift), or placing the box of Christmas decorations into the attic (push press). One would never think of these everyday movements as something to learn and progress in a gym setting. CrossFit thrives on preparing people for safely performing these Functional Movements.
What do you mean by High Intensity?
This very idea often scares people out of ever stepping foot in the Box*. In order to properly measure and calculate a member’s power output, the workouts must be timed and logged. If your boss gave you a deadline, chances are you will work hard to meet that deadline. Your deadline in the box is to complete the workout in a set amount of time. Obviously, if you are new to CrossFit, your power output will be lower than the member who just celebrated their 1 year anniversary. We at CrossFit Lifted want to ensure your safety by introducing you to the technique of each movement before we focus on increasing your power. Don’t be discouraged . . . Focus on progress, not perfection!
*Box = Each CrossFit establishment is referred to as a “Box” and not a “gym.”
Out lift a runner, out run a lifter!
CrossFit enhances ATHLETICISM, not Body Building. Due to the High Intensity of a workout instead of the focus on low powered isolated movements, the development of a CrossFit athlete is to BECOME physically fit and not appear to be. CrossFit focuses on a number of general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. If the focus was on the low powered isolated movements, it would be extremely difficult to touch on all of the above mentioned skills.