What IS CrossFit?
There's a lot of confusion about what CrossFit is and what it isn't. Everyone is right and everyone is wrong. What do I mean?
Opinions vary. Experiences vary. Personalities vary and perhaps just as important, the gym itself (also referred to as a "box"), including its members, coaches & services offered vary just as much. Some boxes only run CrossFit group classes. That's bare bones CrossFit but we have a whole slew of services like Personal Training (1-on-1), Nutrition Coaching (we teach you how to eat), Goal Setting (called PathFinder Sessions), Remote Programming (workout at home with YOUR equipment)... and we're just about ready to kick off two new services.... Spanish-speaking only classes & classes designed for kids & homeschoolers!
At the end of the day, CrossFit is simply an exercise methodology. But what is its methodology?
Increased work capacity over broad time and modal domains.
That's CrossFit HQs definition. Let's break that down.
Increased work capacity- The ability to do more work (repetitions or weight/ load). Basically, getting stronger!
Over broad time- Short workouts, long workouts and everything in between.
And modal domains- Cycling is a modality. Weightlifting is a modality. Gymnastics & Running are modalities.
How do we put this all together?
We create workouts that are constantly varied and have functional movements performed at high intensity. What does that mean?
Constantly Varied- The workouts are different EVERY DAY! We put all these modalities together to create workouts so unique, you may never do the same workout twice! This keeps the workouts fun and interesting, NEVER boring. It beats the heck outta walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes to get in your "cardio".
Functional Movements- Movements we do that mimic things you do in real life. Ever pick up a bag of feed or fertilizer from the ground? That's a Dead Lift. Do you need to hoist that bag onto your shoulder? That's a Power Clean. Need to carry that bag to the other side of your property? That's a weighted carry. Need to sit down (and get up) after a hard day's work? That's a squat. These are activities you'll do your entire life so simply being able to do them safely without pain is hugely important to us. It's also nice to be in good shape so when you do the activities in life that you enjoy, you aren't sore for days!
Performed at high-intensity- This is simply how fast you move. The results ARE in the intensity. This is the brilliance of CrossFit. Are you a seasoned athlete with good technique and a big motor? GO FAST!! Are you new to exercise all together? SLOW DOWN! Regardless of how slow or fast you move, you're getting a fantastic workout and because you can dial the intensity up or down, you can decide on a daily basis just how hard you want to push yourself.
How do we deliver all this to our members?
We create a unique warm-up everyday, we create the workouts (called programming) and we coach you every step of the way. Oh, we also play fun warm-up games that gets everyone smiling! It's like having a personal trainer in a group environment! No longer do you have to GUESS if the work your putting in will actually get you the results you want.
Personal Training and one hour group classes are just the right prescription to keep people engaged and motivated to keep coming in year after year. This IS Fitness Happy Hour! You get to know the other people in class. They become your friends, your support & your motivation. Surround yourself with like-minded people with similar goals and the limits to what you can accomplish can be staggering. Just ask any of our members!
Do YOU have a question about CrossFit? If so, drop a comment below on our social media post or if you're reading this from our website, you can book a FREE, No Sweat Intro HERE to come take a tour of the gym and to tell us your story so we can help you build a healthier, happier life through fitness!