Fitness provides you with a hedge of protection around your health. Crossfit is the best fitness, strength, and conditioning program I have come across in my 30 years of working out. It builds on top of a strong foundation of nutrition. It stresses mobility. Without proper mobility we are at a much greater risk of injury.
It has a broader definition of fitness and provides programming to increase your fitness. It will increase your strength. It will increase your mobility. It will increase your endurance. power. speed. agility. accuracy.
The better you become at your weaknesses the stronger you become in general. If you think of fitness as being able to run a 5k and spend all of your time on that then when you have to lift something heavy you will most likely fail.
Constantly Varied means each day offers something new. There is no routine. Each day will provide a different challenge which test and increase your fitness level.
Functional Movements are those which we need to efficiently live our lives. Squatting is required to raise ourselves from a chair. The Deadlift is how we safely pick things up from the ground. The pull-up is how we lift our body safely from danger. Practicing these and other Functional Movements trains us to become better at the Fundamental Movements required by life. Picking up our children, putting heavy items into the upper cupboards, getting strollers in and out of the car. Our sedentary lifestyles have made us ill-equipped to perform the fundamental requirements of our lives.
High Intensity is the single most important factor required to achieve your fitness goals. Whether your goal is to increase strength, increase endurance, lose weight, etc. intensity is the vehicle to help you achieve your goals.
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes. Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program in two distinct senses. First, we are a core strength and conditioning program in the sense that the fitness we develop is foundational to all other athletic needs. This is the same sense in which the university courses required of a particular major are called the “core curriculum”. This is the stuff that everyone needs. Second, we are a “core” strength and conditioning program in the literal sense meaning the center of something.
Much of our work focuses on the major functional axis of the human body, the extension and flexion, of the hips and extension, flexion, and rotation of the torso or trunk. The primacy of core strength and conditioning in this sense is supported by the simple observation that powerful hip extension alone is necessary and nearly sufficient for elite athletic performance. That is, our experience has been that no one without the capacity for powerful hip extension enjoys great athletic prowess and nearly everyone we’ve met with that capacity was a great athlete. Running, jumping, punching and throwing all originate at the core. At CrossFit we endeavor to develop our athletes from the inside out, from core to extremity, which is by the way how good functional movements recruit muscle, from the core to the extremities.
Absolutely! Your needs and those of the Olympic athlete's differ by degree not kind. Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance, and coordination are each important to the world's best athletes and to our grandparents.
The amazing truth is that the very same methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in the elderly. Of course, we can't load your grandmother with the same squatting weight that we'd assign an Olympic skier, but they both need to squat. In fact, squatting is essential to maintaining functional independence and improving fitness. Squatting is just one example of a movement that is universally valuable and essential yet rarely taught to any but the most advanced of athletes.