“The CrossFit prescription is ‘constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.’ No aspect of functional movements is more important than their capacity to move large loads over long distances, and to do so quickly.” –CrossFit Journal
Functional movements are natural, multi-joint movements, performed from the body core to the extremities. Our typical training sessions last about an hour, conducted in a group setting. This creates an atmosphere of team support, motivation, intensity, and fun. Unlike your typical gym, CrossFit boxes are a coaching facility. CrossFit is always performed under the guidance of a certified coach, who will ensure proper mechanics and consistency. The coaching staff is also dedicated to monitoring the overall performance and progress of each member.
CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program. On the contrary, the CrossFit objective is to become proficient in 10 General Physical Skills. Those skills are cardiovascular / respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, accuracy, and balance. Many athletes, who are great in certain sports, have large gaps in their overall fitness, as defined by these skill categories. What makes CrossFitters exceptional is their ability to excel in their general physical preparedness (their ability to be ready for the unknown and the unknowable) and in their overall fitness and health.
CrossFit is not about specialization of one skill, although CrossFit is often used to supplement sport-specific training for many competitive athletes. For CrossFit, fitness itself is the sport, and because of that, CrossFit can be used to directly supplement athletes for their sport.
CrossFit’s greatest quality, however, is that it is easily adaptable to men and women of all fitness levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Businessmen, moms, dads, teachers, children, high school and college athletes, and even grandparents will all complete the same workouts but at their own level of intensity. The fitness needs and physical requirements of our members differ only by degree, not kind.