What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is defined as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement.” But this probably doesn’t help you much so let us break the definition down and explain why it is important to you.

Functional Movements

These are exercises that replicate real life movements. A deadlift is a perfect example. When you pick anything up off the floor it’s essentially a deadlift, be it a suitcase or another human being. In CrossFit you will never do a movement that your body wasn’t naturally designed to use in real life. These movements can be classified into three categories: gymnastics (pull-ups, push-ups, bodyweight movements), metabolic conditioning (running, jumping rope, biking) and weightlifting (power and olympic lifting). All these movements are essential to fitness.

High Intensity

If there truly is a shortcut to fitness it is via intensity. This has to do with various metabolic pathways in your body (look them up if you are interested). For now the key point to understand is that contrary to what most people think, a five-minute workout at high intensity is far more beneficial to your fitness than 45 minutes on the elliptical machine. If you can read a magazine while you are on the stairmaster you’re probably not going to improve your six pack…

Constantly Varied

We constantly change up our workouts so that you never get bored and your body is always receiving a new stimulus. How many times have you gone into the local gym and performed the same 8-12 rep workout with the same number of sets and exercises over and over? Why would you expect different or better results from something you have done 100 times before? Our workouts use a number of different rep schemes, time domains and disciplines. Your workout could be as short as two minutes or as long as an hour and can use any combination of the three categories of functional movements. Given the wide array of CrossFit workouts it is extremely unlikely that you will ever perform the same sequence of workouts in a given week ever again in your life.

But CrossFit is much more than just a different way of looking at fitness. It is a community!

  • CrossFit is about working out with a group of people and competing to win. But the winners then cheer on the person next to them as they try to finish. Competition breeds both intensity and camaraderie.
  • CrossFit is about seeing the mother of three who hasn’t been active in years as she gets her first unassisted pull-up.
  • CrossFit is about achieving things you never thought possible, setting new personal records (PR’s) and getting results you hadn’t thought possible.

Until you get into a group class and experience that feeling of esprit de corps as you all tackle the day’s WOD, you won’t know what CrossFit is all about.  The key thing to takeaway from all this is that at Reebok CrossFit St. Thomas, you are not only going to become more capable, look and feel better, but you are also going to become a member of an incredible community.  But don’t take our word for it. Go to CrossFit.com, find a workout, grab a friend and go try it. It’s free! Then if you feel you are ready to take your training to the next level, work out with a great group of people and find out how nutrition plays a vital role in your performance and results contact us or just come on by. We can schedule a free intro workout and you can start finding out what this CrossFit stuff is all about.