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So, What Exactly Is CrossFit?

Courtesy of Crossfit.com

CrossFit Is…

  1. Community
  2. Nutrition
  3. Elite Fitness
  4. For Everyone

What is CrossFit?  It’s all of these wrapped into one amazing package! CrossFit is a lifestyle which will help make you the absolute best version of yourself.  How do we do this?

COMMUNITY

I started CrossFit with my wife 5 years ago.  We didn’t know anyone at the gym, and other than playing recreational sports for most our lives, hadn’t “worked out”.  I was intimidated, and resistant, to say the least.  Five years later, I look forward to every WOD (workout of the day), every day.  How did this transition happen?  COMMUNITY.  Over the years we’ve seen thousands of workouts, hundreds of people, but one thing has remained constant: community.  Trust me, these athletes will become your friends.  They will become your accountability partners.  They will become your accomplices, your partners in crime.  Between the Team WODs and the extra time you’ll spend together “mastering your craft,” you will sweat together, cry together, laugh together, and grow together.  Therein lies the true beauty of CrossFit.

NUTRITION

You cannot outwork your diet.  The base of the CrossFit pyramid starts with nutrition for a reason:  just like anything in life, the better the effort you put in, the more you’ll get out of it.  So what do we in the CrossFit community do for nutrition?

The quick answer: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.  For the most part, a Paleo-centric diet will help an athlete achieve their goals.

Resources:

Dr. Angela Lucterhand

Mark’s Daily Apple

Balanced Bites

To develop your fitness further, you will need to measure and record intake, evaluate performance and potentially change intake until your desired results are achieved. This approach to diet is no different than the approach to workouts. See a coach if you’d like more information on the Zone Diet.

Resources:

CrossFit Zone Diet

FITNESS

Routine is the enemy.  CrossFit was founded on the principle of constantly varied functional movements, performed at high intensity.  CrossFit altered the fitness landscape by defining fitness in a meaningful, measurable way: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.

The goal:  move the largest load, the longest distance, in the shortest amount of time.

FOR EVERYONE

While CrossFit challenges the world’s fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.

Courtesy of CrossFit.com