What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements.  It is a program that combines elements of strength and conditioning, olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, rowing, running, swimming and throwing into the sport of fitness.  The goal of the program is to optimize and challenge a person's physical competence in physical skills such as cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.  The workouts or WOD's (Workout of the Day) is highly scalable or modifiable to each individual's abilities.  The concept is to increase work capacity (exercise) over broad time and modal domains,  meaning how functional and capable a person can be over time and age, manintaining a higher level of fitness as aging occurs.

As with any programs, you should consult with a physician to see if you are clear to engage in increased physical activity.

The Crossfit Training Guide, Crossfit Inc.
Crossfit is an exercise regimen that is gaining in popularity. It is an all-inclusive type of workout that focuses on strength and conditioning. It has been used by police and military for years. They say that everyone from the elite olympic athlete to grandma can participate in the program. The key is the intensity and load are tailored to the individual. They are usually short, 20 min workouts that use minimal equipment. 

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning fitness program that promotes overall physical fitness by focusing on ten fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. To achieve this, the CrossFit program integrates a variety of exercise techniques that are performed at high intensities with high volumes of eccentric work, minimal rest, and over short periods of time.

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