When thinking about how to explain what CrossFit® is, we like to start with what CrossFit is not:
CrossFit 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
By it’s definition CrossFit is “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity.” In short, this means combining elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance and agility.
To help you understand a little better let’s break these terms down a little more.
“Constantly Varied” means that every day brings a different workout (or “WOD”), incorporating any combination of these elements. At CrossFit Star City you (yes, you!) will jump rope, swing kettlebells, and throw medicine balls. You will work at pull-ups, muscle-ups, handstands, push-ups, and handstand 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.
“Functional Movement” refers to maintaining the safest, most-efficient position to power through a movement. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about CrossFit; the truth is much of what we do in our workouts mirrors activities in our daily lives. To the uninitiated, deadlifts 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 Star City will help you maintain the correct position in a workout – both to keep you and other 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 other important aspect is that the level of intensity is different for each person. We work to find the appropriate level of intensity (relative intensity) so that the person can get the best possible workout, without sacrificing form and good movement patterns.
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.
We encourage you to learn more about the CrossFit® philosophy and methodology at www.crossfit.com
You can read all you want about our definitions but to truly understand you just have to jump in and give it a try.
What Makes Us Different?
CrossFit programming may seem random to the client and that’s a good thing! But the fact is that CrossFit workouts are in reality anything but random. Great CrossFit coaches make sure everything is well thought out weeks or sometimes months in advance. That’s the difference between joining a mediocre box and an exceptional one. We are indeed the latter.