What Is CrossFit?


By definition, CrossFit is a “core strength and condition program…designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible.” More simply put, CrossFit is a training methodology that defines fitness as the ability to excel at a variety of skills and activities rather than one specialized discipline. Instead of trying to build fitness by just running, riding a bike, swimming, rowing, or lifting, CrossFitters build fitness by incorporating a multitude of different activities into each workout. Will we lift weights? Yes. But we may also add in a series of cardiovascular disciplines, like 400m runs, 500m rows, or even by skipping rope or using old-school Schwinn Airdynes. Will we run? Sure! But we may also perform gymnastic exercises like box-jumps, push-ups, and yes – pull-ups and rope climbing. Such variety benefits participants not because it helps keep workouts interesting, but also because it:

1.)  Prepares participants for a broad array of physical activities;

2.)  Saves time. CrossFit has been scientifically proven to both require less time to elicit a superior response to other exercise and training methodologies;

3.)  Helps reduce the learning curve associated with the adoption of new sports. CrossFit helps improve an athletes ability to learn new movements and skills by constantly asking participants to try new movements and skills. Expecting the unexpected has a way of helping one become more comfortable with the unexpected!

4.)  Lessens the risk of injury. By systematically identifying and addressing individual weaknesses, CrossFit can both proactively address mobility or strength deficiencies before they become an issue, and rectify them after they’ve become problematic.

5.)   Creates communities. Because CrossFit workouts are:

  • Practiced in a small group setting,
  • Scaled to allow each participant the opportunity to perform comparable workouts, regardless of age, athletic background, or experience;

The experience of pushing yourself to your own personal limit becomes one that’s shared. Such journeys forge relationships amongst even the most unusual bedfellows, and create a community unlike that found in any other sports or recreational activity.