CrossFit is a training program consisting of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.
So what is CrossFit? It is a combination of a few components:
Functional Movements: This includes any type of human movement you may see in everyday life such as squatting, running, jumping, lifting/carrying objects, climbing, throwing, etc. These types and patterns of movements have been ingrained in our DNA as human beings and are often neglected in todayʼs society. In life and in sport the body must work together as a unit to complete a task. In CrossFit, we use compound functional movements to train our body to work together as a whole to better ourselves in sport and in lifeʼs tasks.
Constant Variation: In CrossFit, our specialty is not specializing. We strive to be competent in any possible task or challenge that could come our way. Each day, every workout is different and will challenge you in a different aspect of fitness. Workouts can range from 5-50 minutes and will vary in movements, loads, rep schemes, etc. The only purpose for doing the same workout twice is to track progress over time.
High Intensity: Intensity, of course, is relative to ones fitness level, but everyone can benefit from it. Simply put: Intensity = Power output during a workout. Power output can be measured by: (Force x Distance)/Time. The more power output you can develop during a workout, the more fit you can become.
The CrossFit Method
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but minimal body fat.
Master the basics of gymnastics: dynamic body weight movements such as pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, flips, splits, and holds.
Bike, Sprint, Swim, Row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combination and patterns as creativity will allow.
Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, Squat, Press,Clean, Jerk, and Snatch.
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.