Crossfit will benefit everyone across the spectrum, from those looking to improve their general health profile who may never have set foot in a gym before to those who are a well trained athletes searching for that extra edge to enhance their athletic performance.
CrossFit has drawn inspiration from a multitude of strength and conditioning programmes, sports, and other practices to produce something, which trains all components of exercise and movement quality. What sets CrossFit apart from most other forms of exercise is the lack of specificity. In CrossFit you won’t just excel in one aspect such as strength, or speed, or flexibility rather you will be challenged and progressed across all paradigms of health and fitness.
CrossFit was originally defined as:
“Constantly Varied, Functional Movements, performed at High Intensity:”
Within CrossFit you will: squat, lunge, push, pull, throw, catch, jump, run, row, hold and everything in between, using kettlebells, dumbbells, medballs, barbells, ropes, gymnastics bars/rings, tyres, logs, sleds and anything else we can find. The bank of movements is endless, and the progressions infinite never allowing your development to cease. Every training program is effective until you get bored, one thing we can guarantee in CrossFit you won’t get bored!
Using movements which are required in everyday life such as squats, deadlifts, jumps etc. helps us restore what our bodies were originally designed to do (and that’s not sit at a desk for 8 hours a day!). These movements also tend to involve multiple joints, meaning more muscle groups being utilised in every repetition. In essence, more bang for your buck!
This is where many misconceptions about CrossFit come from. Many people think that intensity is screaming and shouting and looking like you might burst a blood vessel. This is not intensity, although it may at time be the result of intensity. In order to create adaptation in the body (which results in improvement i.e. getting stronger, faster, more flexible) the body must under go some level of stress. This level of intensity is what determines the level of stress in simple terms the more you put in the greater the return