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 What is CrossFit?

 Constantly Varied, Functional Movement, Performed at High Intensity.

Constantly Varied

In a CrossFit workout…there is no such thing as “Leg Day” or “Arm Day”. Everyday is “Everything Day” and it is always different than the day before, which is why CrossFit is so much fun! Everytime you come to class, the workout of the day (or WOD) has been programmed for you and you will be coached through it from Warm-Up to Cool-Down.

So there is no such thing as “getting bored”.

Functional Movement

All CrossFit workouts are based on “Functional Movements” and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, rowing, running and more. Everything we do in CrossFit is to help you build strength and stamina in everyday life and to live longer and healthier. For instance,

Sitting Down In A Chair and Standing Up

Ever found yourself holding a handle and groaning while struggling to get out of a chair? You’ve got a bad air squat right there. The seemingly harmless movement is universal and a part of human evolution. Contrary to popular belief, it does actually promote healthy joints.

Picking Up Objects

Exactly the basic movement that a deadlift mimics. It could be a bag of groceries; it could be your child.

Running and/or Jumping

Explosive movements like the Power Clean and Snatch involve you engaging and extending your hips, knees and ankles. So all in all, with these movements by your side, you will be able to run faster and even jump higher.

Bad Posture

Unfortunately, it’s often a direct outcome of poor core strength. Almost all CrossFit movements involve engaging the core muscles. Take your overhead presses, squat variations, deadlifts and push ups for example, they all work towards building a rock solid core, without you even knowing it.

Climbing Stairs

Uh-oh, the elevators under maintenance, or even worse, there isn’t one, you’re going to have to climb stairs! You may be panting after a few flights but that’s not just because you lack stamina, this movement involves the glutes and hamstrings. Target them with exercises like the step-up and squats and you’ll be running up the stairs in no time.

Carrying Heavy Bags

Be it the walk from the supermarket to the car or the lengthy ones through the airport hallways, you’re working multiple muscles. You’ve thought more than once that those carry-ons are heavy and let’s face it, you’re not always going to have a trolley or someone to carry them for you, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands. Take the farmer’s walk for example, you’re holding weights and walking for a specified distance. Continue this, and in a few months, the bags that seemed heavy will begin to feel like featherweight to you.

Lifting an Object Overhead

Maybe in the past you’ve struggled to pick an item up above your head and move it. With movements like the overhead press, push press, and clean and jerks, you’re really targeting and developing those shoulder muscles. What seemed impossible at one time, will seem like nothing in a few months.

Dragging an Object

Time to move furniture! Okay, so you don’t want to carry the item, you want to drag it. Go for it. Now that you’re going to be doing so many ring rows or pullups, you have the strengthened lats to do so.

Falling

You fall, then you pick yourself right back up. You’re recruiting your core, chest, triceps, shoulders and quadriceps…and you are doing…A BURPEE!

AS you can see, CrossFit carries over into everyday life. And being functionally fit to master the day-to-day is important for absolutely EVERYONE… SO YES, CROSSFIT IS FOR YOU!

Performed at High Intensity

Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and INTENSITY lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

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