What is CrossFit?
“CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.” – from CrossFit main website (www.crossfit.com)
Other terms that help to describe the goals of CrossFit are:
Functional Movements – The body is designed to move efficiently in everyday movements. These movements are inherently safer than specialized, non-functional movements, and training these will yield a greater performance capacity in real life.
Constantly Varied – In order to avoid performance or mental plateaus, CrossFit programming is determinedly variable. This approach supports the idea of being ready to handle the greatest number of tasks at any moment to the highest degree of success possible.
High Intensity – This is a hallmark of CrossFit success and aligns well with the widely recognized principle of overload. Asking (pushing) your body and your mind to do things just beyond what you are currently capable of/comfortable with doing is absolutely necessary to seeing the greatest, quickest, most beneficial results possible.
We believe this intensity level is different for each individual, or relative to each person. Therefore, everyone may not be doing the exact same thing, but they will be feeling the same intensity.
CrossFit Meadville is a paid Reebokand Rogue Fitness Affiliate