What is CrossFit?

Some of you may have heard of CrossFit and some probably haven’t. For those of you who know a little about CrossFit, you may equate it with flipping huge tires, lifting heavy weights overhead or climbing tall ropes. Although these exercises are part of CrossFit, there is much more that makes up CrossFit. I will tell you what CrossFit is, why I think it is a great way to workout and how it is for everybody regardless of age or current level of physical fitness.

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CrossFit is defined as constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement. What does this mean?

Constantly varied refers to the fact that every time you show up to conduct a CrossFit workout it will be something new. Constantly varying your workouts makes it so your body doesn’t become accustomed to one certain way of working out and therefore stop progress. The most often that you will conduct the same workout can be anywhere from 6 months to a year or even longer.

High intensity refers to the fact that all CrossFit workouts are meant to be done as hard and fast as you can. An example of a low intensity workout would be running 5 miles at a pace where you could talk. CrossFit workouts are typically shorter than 20 minutes, but those 20 minutes are meant to take you to your physical limits and even further. The reason the workouts are short is because you can’t maintain a high intensity for a long duration. You would eventually slow down and lose the benefit if the high intensity, anaerobic workout.

Functional movement refers to exercises that are comparable to movements in every day life. They are typically multi-joint movements meaning you aren’t isolating a certain muscle like in a bicep curl. A deadlift is a functional movement because it mimics picking something up of the ground. A pull-up is a functional movement because it mimics climbing over a wall or fence.