CROSSFIT IS CONSTANTLY VARIED, HIGH-INTENSITY, FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT.

What Is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that can be applied to pretty much everyone. From elite athletes to police academies and the military, to the elderly in nursing homes, if you’re interested in moving your body, it can probably help you.

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.

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.

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.

Greg Glassman’s early CrossFit Journal stories are still revolutionary today. Download a free copy of the CrossFit Journal titled “What is Fitness”
- Download a free copy of CrossFit Foundations

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.

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.

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What Is Fitness?
Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen “the fittest man on earth.” Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman who also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and coordination?

Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t include strength, speed, power, and coordination though that seems rather odd. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “fitness” and being “fit” as the ability to transmit genes and being healthy. No help there. Searching the Internet for a workable, reasonable definition of fitness yields disappointingly little. Worse yet, the NSCA, the most respected publisher in exercise physiology, in their highly authoritative Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning doesn’t even attempt a definition.

CrossFit’s Fitness

For CrossFit, the specter of championing a fitness program without clearly defining what it is that the program delivers combines elements of fraud and farce. The vacuum of guiding authority has therefore necessitated that CrossFit’s directors provide their own definition of fitness.

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Foundations
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

The CrossFit Program was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. Our athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess. CrossFit has proven effective in these arenas.

Aside from the breadth or totality of fitness the CrossFit Program seeks, our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies.

Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle, and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways.

We train our athletes in gymnastics from rudimentary to advanced movements garnering great capacity at controlling the body both dynamically and statically while maximizing strength to weight ratio and flexibility. We also place a heavy emphasis on Olympic Weightlifting having seen this sport’s unique ability to develop an athletes’ explosive power, control of external objects, and mastery of critical motor recruitment patterns. And finally we encourage and assist our athletes to explore a variety of sports as a vehicle to express and apply their fitness.

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