May 29, 2012

What is CrossFit?

In starting our new location, we decided to take  a look at some things we could improve on.  The first thing that popped into our minds was the fact that people have heard of CrossFit and seen some of the workouts, but it can be difficult to understand and daunting for the beginner.

CrossFit is defined by the founder, Greg Glassman as “constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity“.  Confusing, I know.

In short, CrossFit is a workout regime that specializes in not specializing, changing what you do everyday and doing it very fast or past your “threshold”.  In other words, the workouts change daily, you will do things that you thought you could never do and they will benefit your daily life.

To fully understand the thinking behind CrossFit, you first need to understand the definition of being “physically fit”.  Is the guy at the gym that looks great in shorts and can bench 400 pounds fit?  what about the girl that gets on the treadmill for a hour everday, is she fit?

While these people may look good, can they do other things?  For example, can the muscle bound guy run to the end of the block or can the girl on the treadmill lift a bag of dog food?

We program our workouts to increase fitness in different areas that benefit the body as a whole and not specialize in one area.  So, if you are training for a marathon, then CrossFit may not be for you.  If you want to win the next body building contest, then we aren’t for you.

If you want to lose weight, get stronger and more flexible and be prepared to handle a variety of conditions, then CrossFit is definitely for you.

I won’t lie to you – CrossFit is hard!!  You will be sore in areas that you didn’t know you had, you will sweat enough to soak everything you are wearing, you will lay on the floor after workouts and you may even puke once in a while.

So you may ask, why in the world would I want to put myself through that?

Simple, you have probably tried going to the gym, spin classes, yoga, pilates and other “magic” programs that promise you will look like a greek goddess, but nothing has worked!!  There are some simple reasons for that:

  • Most classes are geared towards keeping everyone together and get boring after a while
  • If you go the gym, you feel overwhelmed, stupid and naive for not knowing what to do
  • If you are out of shape, you may feel intimidated by the others there
  • You give it a shot for a month, then find yourself skipping until you just don’t go
  • You have nobody to push you or go the gym with you
  • You may have gotten so out of shape that you think you can’t do anything to reverse the trend


Now, these reasons are some of the same things that kept my wife and I from getting back into “fighting” shape.  We tried going to the gym, joining the classes and working out at home and nothing worked – until we found CrossFit.

We find that the people at the gym keep us coming back – you will end up wanting to see your friends and keep going.  The workouts are scalable so that anyone, regardless of fitness level can do them.  Having a strong coach there to push you and correct your form will keep you from doing the wrong things and help educate you in your fitness.

These are just some of the reasons that keep us coming back and we feel that if you give it a try, you will learn to love the pain.

So, if we haven’t scared you off, come in and see us or drop us a note.  We will be happy to talk at length with you about our thinking and programming.  Feel free to come in a watch a workout or try it out for a while.

Whatever you decide, get out there and do something!