What Is CrossFit Training?
CrossFit training is NOT…
…for people expecting results without hard work.
…for people unwilling to try new things.
…for people afraid to leave their egos at home.
Greg Glassman, a former gymnast, founded CrossFit®, Inc. in 2000. In his years coaching elite athletes, Coach Glassman found that the best way to achieve optimal fitness was not through specialization but rather through “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity.” In short, this means combining the elements of weightlifting, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and monstructural metabolic conditioning (traditional “cardiovascular” exercises).
“Constantly Varied” means that every day brings a different workout (or “WOD”), incorporating any combination of these elements. At CrossFit Prototype you (yes, you!) will jump rope, climb ropes, swing kettle bells, and flip tires. You will work at pull ups, muscle ups, hand stands, push-ups, and hand-stand push-ups. You will practice squats, dips, cleans, jerks, snatches and deadlifts, as well as rowing, running and box jumps. Each day will bring different exercises always specifically designed to work on different muscle groups and/or cardiovascular strength. With that said, these movements are scaled relatively to each individual. At CrossFit Prototype your WOD’s are based on scientific backed programming, not randomness!
“Functional Movement” refers to maintaining the safest, most-efficient position to power through a movement. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about CrossFit workouts; the truth is much of what we do in our workouts mirrors activities in our daily lives. To the uninitiated, flipping a tire looks like crazy, “he-man” work. But if you’ve ever had to move a mattress up a flight of stairs, you already know the movement. Cleaning a medicine ball may appear odd, but consider what your body does when you place your suitcase in a plane’s overhead compartment. If you’ve ever lifted a heavy bag of dog food or peat moss, no one needs to tell you the importance of arching your back. CrossFit Prototype will help you maintain the correct position in a workout — both to keep you and others safe as well as to maximize efficiency.
“High Intensity” is a concept that at first can be difficult for new CrossFitters to grasp. For many people, a workout’s efficiency is only proportionate to the amount of hours spent in the gym. You will never hear a CrossFitter say, “I had a great workout; I was in the gym for four hours!” You are much more likely to hear, “I finished in 8 minutes.” People come here skeptical that a high-intensity workout, done in a fraction of the time as they are used to, can lead to faster, better results. But results don’t lie.
The beauty of our sport is that we are all in it together, motivating one another. It’s a sport where the person last to finish the workout receives more high fives than the person first to finish. Check out our schedule and visit our CrossFit gym today!
We encourage you to learn more about the CrossFit philosophy and methodology at: crossfit.com
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