WHAT IS CROSSFIT®?

IMPROVE YOUR 10 PHYSICAL ABILITIES

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What is CrossFit®?

CrossFit® is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weightlifting.

CrossFit®, Inc. describes its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains,”with the stated goal of improving fitness, which it defines as “work capacity across broad time and modal domains.”

What is a CrossFit® class like?

Hour-long classes at affiliated gyms, or “boxes”, typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity “workout of the day” (or WOD), and a period of individual or group stretching.

Some gyms also often have a strength-focused movement prior to the WOD. Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked to encourage competition and to track individual progress. Some affiliates offer additional classes, such as Olympic weightlifting, which are not centered around a WOD.

The routine is designed to build wide-ranging, overall, and comprehensive level of fitness in functional competence in all 10 key physical parameters: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy.

Which type of equipment is used?

CrossFit® gyms use equipment from multiple disciplines, including barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, rope climbs, pull-up bars, jump ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, plyo boxes, resistance bands, rowing machines, and various mats.

How is a CrossFit® class delivered?

It focus on “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement,” drawing on categories and exercises such as calisthenics, Olympic-style weightlifting, powerlifting, Strongman-type events, plyometrics, body weight exercises, indoor rowing, aerobic exercise, running, and swimming.

The programming is decentralized, but its general methodology is used by thousands of private affiliated gyms, fire departments, law-enforcement agencies, and military organizations, including the Royal Danish Life Guards, as well as by some U.S. and Canadian high-school physical-education teachers, high-school and college sports teams, and the Miami Marlins.

A 2014 statistical analysis showed that 50% of CrossFit® participants were male and 50% were female.

CrossFit® internationally growing interest has created a spike in Olympic weightlifting appeal in the United States.

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